From nature and the urban to consumerism and the idealization of beauty and sexuality, analog collage artist Silvio Severino uses his work to explore.
Silvio Severino works in both analog and digital formats, which puts him in a unique creative position, whereby he can cross and recross the traditional and the contemporary.
A Collage Artist’s Use of Digital and Analog
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Getting through the difficult times
Creating visual art started as an escape from a hostile environment for Silvio. “Being a young queer man in south Brazil in the 70s wasn’t easy,” he says. “Art allowed me to vent my feelings and helped me to get through difficult times in my life.”
Inspired by music
Silvio’s influences come from everywhere, but principally music. “Album covers were my first contact with visual art,” he says. “I was listening to music all the time and that is reflected in my work even today. European and world cinema also have a strong visual impact on my sensibility.”
The making of a collage artist
“I see myself as a multimedia artist with strong emphases on collage, transitioning between the analog and digital world,” says Silvio. “I love the tactual quality of the analog, principally paper, but I’m also fascinated by the possibilities of the digital world.”
Stay in a good state of mind
Always give more than you are supposed to give for any project you are involved in.
“Always give more than you are supposed to give for any project you are involved in,” Silvio says. “The extra effort you are giving now will return to you in one way or another in the future.”
To stay in a good state of mind when he’s working in his studio, he listens to ambient, minimalist, instrumental music. Sometimes film soundtracks can work also. Anything with a linear downtempo vibe.
“I suggest you start with the well know names like Brian Eno – you can’t even start to talk about ambient music without mentioning his name,” Silvio says. Also some selected albums from Philip Glass, Roedus, Michael Nyman, Michael Price, Marconi Union, Max Richter, Mica Levi, Hildur Guðnadóttir, and some electronica artists. There are so many. It’s impossible to list them all.”
What Silvio’s working on
At the moment, Silvio is working on new ideas and also continues his ongoing projects in both analog and digital collage. He is looking forward to having a gallery exhibition as soon as the restrictions ease. He also has some ongoing projects he works on from time to time. ‘I Kissed a Boy and I liked It !‘ is a project where he explores the theme of masculinity in today’s society. He also intends to have a physical exhibition during Cork Pride that he’s calling “The Pink Flag“.
To see Silvio’s latest artwork, visit Saatchi Art >
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