Since 1993 Cristian Silva has evolved a practice that traverses the most wildly diverse topics and subjects but that consistently weaves his own personal biography into more universal themes. Trained in the field of printmaking in the late 1980s and part of the first generation of artists from Chile’s post-dictatorship era, Cristián Silva has become a renowned artist on the Latin American contemporary art scene.
Inspired by a wide range of subjects that are on one level deeply personal as well as part of the general culture, Silva creates wall paintings, sculptures, installations, videos and drawings that build together an allegorical environment richly embedded with sociopolitical quotes. Golf balls, plastic bottles, peach pits, chocolate bars, an oversized machete, discarded tartan clothes, potatoes or an old window blind, become part of Silva’s symbolic alphabet, one that ambiguously negotiates with the never ending issues of post-colonial identity and class struggle in Latin America. Though a native of Chile, Silva lives and works in Guadalajara and cites the difficulties of the border between Texas and Mexico as a primary concern in his work.
Cristián Silva (Santiago de Chile, 1969) has had solo exhibitions in international galleries and museums that include Curro & Poncho. Guadalajara, Mexico, Galería Maisterravalbuena, Madrid, Spain, Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, USA, The Project, New York, Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City, El Parche, Bogota, Colombia, and Bildmuseet, Umeå, Sweden. He has also been part of group exhibitions in CCS, Bard College Museum, Annandale-on Hudson, USA, Travesía Cuatro, Madrid, Spain, Instituto Divorciados, Berlin, Museo Cabañas. Guadalajara, México, Musée d’art Contemporain, Montreal, Canada, Sala Mendoza, Caracas, Venezuela, MOCA Los Angeles, Musee d’Art Moderne de la ville de Paris, France, and Delfina Studios, London, among others. Silva was also part of the VII Bienal de La Habana, Havana, Cuba and of the II Bienal del Mercosur, Porto Alegre, Brazil.
Cristián Silva is currently a Professor in Universidad de Chile, Universidad Alberto Hurtado and Universidad Finis Terrae, in Santiago. Since 2000 he has curated of several exhibitions in Chile, the Untited States, Mexico and Spain. His works are part of public collections among which the Blanton Museum of Art, USA, Bildmuseet de Umeå, Sweden, Colección Galería Gabriela Mistral, colección GAM, as well as private collections that include José Noé Suro (Guadalajara), Craig Robbins (Miami), Carlos Rosón (Spain), 21c Museum Hotel (USA), Artist Pension Trust, Juan Yarur (Chile) and Pedro Montes (Chile).