Filipe Rocha da Silva is a Portuguese painter who shows his work internationally. In his multilayered paintings, built up with a plurality of materials, there is a strong Asian influence ascribed to Chinese painting. We can also find traces of Western medieval painting, pointillism and 20th century art. He sometimes consciously quotes from art history, reinterpreting mannerism and the Renaissance, by overlapping his characteristic calligraphy composed of a multitude of small human beings. In his painting Rocha da Silva tries to reconcile tradition with technological research and explore the role of the individual in society. His work is represented in major collections including the Gulbenkian, Museu da Cidade de Lisboa, Lisbon; Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Fundação de Serralves, Porto, Portugal; and Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Union Fenosa, La Coruña, Spain; Contemporary Art Center of Madeira, Portugal; Ministry of Finance of Portugal; and Bank of Portugal.
"Filipe Rocha da Silva creates very large paintings depicting extremely small, almost invisible figures. In 'Nanoscale and Painting' he tries to explain why he does so and considers the possible relationship of these works to nanoscale phenomena and technology, which have been so influential in the 21st century." –Leonardo, MIT Press, 2008
"The Portuguese painter Filipe Rocha da Silva later developed a series of visual formats that referred analogically to the essential process of the Portuguese revolution of 1974 – its democratic impulse – by invoking the collective power and purpose of the human mass as a patterned synchronization of its many-millioned parts... The nanoscale humans that populate da Silva's works can be looked on as resembling both brain cells and individual neurons, according to the artist, or the complex patterns of pandemic diseases and computer viruses..." –Brandon Taylor, After Constructivism, Yale University Press, 2014
Filipe Rocha da Silva lives and works in Portugal.
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