Toni Silber-Delerive’s aerial paintings represent diverse contemporary landscapes seen from an above-ground perspective.
From the elevated position of high-rise buildings and helicopters, Toni Silber-Delerive’s aerial paintings of cities and towns, factories and farmlands, power plants, suburban communities, and highways are delivered with a distinctive angle on structures frequently taken for granted.
Aerial Paintings That Reveal Our Urban Environment
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A part of being alive
Toni always knew that she wanted to be an artist. Growing up she spent a lot of time drawing and painting. “Art is a passion I was lucky to be born with,” she says. “It is a joy and part of my being alive.”
She received a BFA from the Philadelphia College of Art, earned an MFA in Art Education from Kean College in NJ, and studied graphic design and silkscreen printing at the School of Visual Arts in NYC.
The world around me is my main influence.
“The world around me is my main influence,” Toni says. “All the people and things I see, touch, observe or dream about. I do not forget those who showed me the way or inspired me.” One of those people was Mrs. Schrot, Toni’s high school teacher, who gave her the confidence to become an artist.
Richard Diebenkorn and Wayne Thiebaud also inspired her with their perspective experimentation to capture their surroundings. Both are known for their geometric abstractions of the California landscape. Thiebaud’s food paintings inspired her too. Toni also admires Alex Katz’s boldly simplified portraits and landscapes. She relates to his graphic approach, to the fascinating dialogue he developed between realism and more abstract tendencies.
What Toni is working on right now
Lately, Toni has been focusing on silk-screen printing. They are her paintings’ close cousins, only in a smaller format and, of course using a different medium. Projecting her interpretation of the same concept and approach as her paintings, they are executed in a variety of serigraphy methods from digital design to hand drawing producing multicolored images.
The joy of travel
“Traveling is a wonderful experience,” says Toni. “I have been to many exciting places in the world. The discovery of new places and people never disappoints. It is also a source of inspiration for my work. One reason why 2020 was so difficult.”
Food is another passion for Toni. It includes cooking, entertaining, and dining out at fine restaurants. New York is filled with them. Toni has a variety of bright food paintings on her website as well. They are based on up-close, above-view paintings of foods she has prepared.
To see Toni’s latest paintings, visit Saatchi Art >
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