Fast-rising artist Hector Silva explores themes of Mexican
/ Chicano cultural identities, queer eroticism and beauty.
He is a virtuoso realist and a master of light and shadow
captured on paper with pencil.
I explore themes of cultural identity, because as Latinos,
we are often erased from the social portrait. And then when
you add being queer to that, we can really disappear. But
I also think that the “positive image” strategy
can be a trap, and as an artist, I feel responsible for showing
art that is not only beautiful, but truthful.
I want my work to be accessible, always giving the viewer
a way into the image. I feel that “high art” often
excludes people, and I am strongly against that. I think art
should invite people in, and engage them in a conversation,
esthetic, political, philosophical, erotic, whatever.
When I make art, my intended audience is not only the person
that attends museums and galleries. I feel very strongly that
art belongs in the streets. Putting art in the streets has
been part of Latino culture for a long time, and we see it
all the time, from murals to graffiti. I consider myself part
of that tradition. I think art belongs in the street, and
on the street is a lot of art.