If no one’s trying to censor you,
then you’re probably not doing anything that important.
I explore themes of cultural identity, because as Latinos, we
are often erased from the social portrait. and then when you add
been 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, to always give 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.
— Hector Silva