Monica Silva is a self-taught photographer. Her first steps into photography happened at a very young age, shooting with polaroids and Instamatic cameras. Keen of experiments in photography and especially on staged psychology portraiture, she creates complex projects on how the conflict between the existential and cultural daily life has a grip on the contemporary psyche of today’s society.
Monica is a descendant of Tupi Guarani indigenous tribe and was raised in Sao Paulo in Brazil until the 1986 year in which she moved to London to complete English studies. A curious spirit and thirsty of learning, she moved on to Italy where she has been living for 29 years. For many years she worked on commercial projects, creating album covers for international music labels and a series of portraits of movie stars, musicians, corporate managers and politics published on international editorial magazines and newspapers as Max, Corriere della Sera, Vanity Fair, Style, El Pais Sette, Io Donna, Panorama.
Monica’s works is influenced by Marcel Duchamp, Salvador Dali, Caravaggio, Horst P. Horst, Man Ray, Jeanloup Sieff, Gilbert Garcin, Peter Witkin, Andy Warhol.
Monica Silva has taken part in many important groups and solo exhibitions: Life Above All, Mazzoleni Art Gallery (Milan 2008), Suggestions of Spoon River, Stefano Forni, Codigoro City Hall, (Bologna, Italy 2009), GEMLUC, Mazzoleni Art, (Montecarlo, France 2009), On My Skin, Arte Fiera Off, (Bologna, Italy 2010), My Hidden Ego, (Sansepolcro, Italy 2013), The Butterfly’s Fall – Postcards from Tokyo, Nuova Galleria Morone, (Milan 2013), Lux Et Filum A Contemporary Vision of Caravaggio, Instituto di Cultura Italia (Sao Paulo, Brazil 2014/2015), MIA Photography Fair 2015, Still Gallery (Milan 2015), Banana Pop Art, Affordable Art Fair, Gaudì Gallery (Hamburg 2015), Lux Et Filum A Contemporary Vision of Caravaggio MIA Photography Fair 2016, Bianconi Gallery (Milan 2016), Banana Golden Pop Art (Design Week of for Brazil S/A Statale University Milan, 2017), Fil Rouge - Art in a Box (Studio Bolzani/Schubert art Gallery, Milan, 2017)
Nationality: Brazilian Education: Campus Sales College, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Oxford House College, London UK Awards: Biennale International of Art 2011, Venice, Italy Best Picture “Dorfles infinito e lo sguardo a Ghirri” Monica Silva lives and works in Milan, Italy MONICA SILVA IS AMBASSADOR FOR MANFROTTO, NIKON ITALIA