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Samantha daSilva

Having traveled extensively and acquired (nearly) three citizenships, daSilva’s paintings are a visual narrative of unrelenting feminine power and the exploration of the universal experiences of abandonment, heritage and the eternal sense of home. Against the remarkable backdrop of the American West – a place as fierce as it is exquisite – daSilva navigates her paintings with ritual, grace and quiet force.

daSilva infuses her environment into her work using: iron-rich Utah dirt, salt from the Great Salt Lake, plaster, repurposed paint, metallic pigments and local newspaper to create ethereal, textured abstracts.

Beneath her amiable personality burns a fire to express life through art and dialog. Samantha daSilva (born 1978 Santos, São Paulo, Brazil) is a professional artist and educator living and working in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States.

As a third generation artist, daSilva was inspired at an early age by her copiously artistic family, namely; her grandmother, a portrait artist, her aunt, an accomplished jewelry designer, and her mother, a watercolorist, who influenced da Silva to experiment with a variety of mediums.

Upon graduating high school, daSilva opted out of attending art school for a career path that was “safer” and “more secure.” But life has a magnetic force that pulls you back to where you need to be. Ten years and an array of tumultuously revelatory experiences led her back to her initial love: art. Intent on making up for lost time, daSilva dedicated herself full-time to creating and teaching art including: television appearances on HGTV’s “Love It Or List It,” a collaboration with Schoolhouse Electric and a cover feature on DOTE Magazine.

As an educator, daSilva has partnered with progressive institutions including: The Imiloa Institute, Costa Rica, Donkey Mill Art Center, Hawai’i, Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts, Canada and Atelier Saint-Germain, France.

Artist Statement

“Blank canvas flat on the floor. We stare at each other. I touch you. Run my hands over the tight stretched cotton. I smile. I kiss you and say thanks.

I squeeze paint onto the canvas. I use a paint roller to move the paint around, blend colors, create lines and shapes. Texture is created by adding plaster, sawdust, sand, newspaper, ink and rubbing alcohol to the painted surface.

Water is an intrinsic part of my process. Straight from the tube, acrylic paint is tight, rigid. With the addition of water, the paint relaxes, takes a long, deep breath, begins to move and dance across the canvas. I tilt and manipulate the canvas so that shapes begin to form. I respond to these shapes intuitively. For this reason, my work is never preconceived. I prefer to have the work direct me instead. Fearless Abstract Painting is a process of adding and subtracting to create balance and harmony on the canvas.

My work is a celebration. Once, I identified myself as a victim. Broken, deficient, lacking. Today I am empowered, grateful, anew. Through my work, I attempt to illustrate the redemptive power of choice.”

Links

“After Gold,” acrylic & mixed media on canvas,
36 x 48 in.

 

“Dream a New Dream,” acrylic & mixed media on canvas, 30 x 48 in.

 

“Emerge & See,” acrylic & mixed media on canvas, 30 x 48 in.

 

“Now You See Me,” acrylic & mixed media on canvas, 30 x 30 in.

 

“Wander,” acrylic & mixed media on canvas, 36 x 48 in.

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