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OVER A QUARTER CENTURY OF DEDICATION TO PROTECTING, PRESERVING AND PROMOTING EROTIC ART.
September 19, 2009
Los Angeles, CA

Casita del Pueblo
presents:

Hector Silva
New Works & Recognition

Opening Night: Saturday, September 19, 6:00 - 10:00 PM

Distinguished Artist Hector Silva is Recognized
by the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department
and will debut his new works.

Hector Silva is an artist based in Los Angeles who has been producing work for more than twenty years. Born in Ocotlan, Jalisco, Mexico, he moved to the US at the age of 17. He began drawing in his late 20’s when he discovered his own talent. He created his first portrait in 1982 of Lucille Ball. This drawing somehow reached her hands and she contacted Hector to acquire the original in 1984. This marked the beginning of his commercial career.

As the recipient of both San Diego’s prestigious Sandie and Nicky Awards, Hector’s talent was immediately recognized in Southern California. His gift was clearly and instantly evident; especially when one considers the fact he is completely self-taught. In 1997, Hector received this First Prize in Single Figure form the Tom of Finland Foundation’s Erotic Art Contest.

Hector has participated in the exhibitions at the Museum of Art in Balboa Park, the Tom of inland Gallery, and the Advocate Gallery at the Ed Gould Village. Some publications that have featured his artwork are the Paper/Golden Hill, The Eagle, and The Update. He also worked on films including “Back to the Future II” and “For the Boys.” He has been featured in several magazines such as Adelante, QV, and Tentaciones. He was also in the premiere issue of instigator.

Recent exhibitions include Studio Avenue 50’s Frida on Paper, the I-5’s Just Happy to See You exhibit at the Brewery, and Hombre at Gallery 727. His one-man show SOLO EXHIBITION was held at Gallery 665 in West Hollywood 2004. He was an active participant in the Latino Pop Shop movement. His work is featured in the 2005 edition of Triumphs of Our Communities: 4 Decades of Mexican American Art, published by the Hispanic research of Center at Arizona State University. Hector’s piece La Vida no es… has qualified for LA City’s Cultural Affairs Department’s juried art completion in July 2005.

Living in LA with its rich Chicano culture, Hector draws from the Latino tradition. Among his influences are Tom of Finland, Frida Kahlo, Chicano prison art, the works of M.C. Escher, and religious iconography. Hector explores themes of cultural identity, eroticism and beauty. Hector’s mastery of light and shadow on skin is captured on paper with pencil, but he is also experienced with other media, including oil and acrylic. He draws and paints from photographic stills.

Hector is available for portraiture, originals, prints, and other commissioned work.


About the gallery:

MISSION

Casita del Pueblo is committed to bringing art, culture, and education to its surrounding communities by making local and international folk art in its many forms more accessible.

VISION

It is our vision to foster public awareness and appreciation of the arts by being a focal point where people come to find unique gifts and participate in culturally-based workshops which honor our traditions creating a spirit of community.

Casita del Pueblo
Gallery Hours: Open seven days a week.
6738 Greenleaf Avenue, Whittier, CA 90601  Map 
562.693.2844
Casita del Pueblo Website

Hector Silva Website  909.621.3548

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"My whole life long I have done nothing but interpret my dreams of ultimate masculinity, and draw them." From an interview with Patrick Sarfati published in Rebel — Tom of Finland