Da Silva

b. 1910
- d. 1985
  • Brazil
Turnover 2023
$USD 2.543.700
Record Sale

Chico da Silva largely self-taught, he engaged in various professions unrelated to art, all the while etching charcoal and chalk drawings on city walls. His discovery by Swiss painter Jean-Pierre Chabloz in the mid-1950s at the Pirambu beach in Fortaleza marked a turning point. Chabloz, who took da Silva under his wing, imparted techniques of gouache and oil painting. The budding artist’s works graced exhibitions across the city, in Rio de Janeiro, and even in Switzerland. In 1966, he received an honorable mention at the 33rd Venice Biennale.

Chico da Silva’s style stands as a unique marvel, emerging spontaneously from the depths of his imagination. Untouched by outside influences or formal art schools, his early charcoal sketches were marked by intricate details and abstract forms. His subjects ranged from dragons and flying fish to mermaids, often imbued with an air of threat and intricate forms. As a painter of legends, national folklore, everyday life, and fantastical beings, his works resonate deeply. Chico da Silva’s legacy is preserved in the permanent collections of esteemed institutions like the Museu de Arte do Rio de Janeiro (MAR) and the Museu de Arte da Universidade Federal do Ceará (MAUC). 


Record Sale

Francisco DA SILVA (1910-1985)

Sem título (1978)

65 x 88 cm

James Lisboa Escritorio de Arte
São Paulo, Brazil 08 aug 2023

Lot # 49
Hammer price: $ 11,931 (BRR 58,500 )
Starting price: $ 10,197 (BRR 50,000 )

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