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
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
Hector is available for portraiture, originals, prints, and other
About the gallery:
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.
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.