The Department of Art and Architecture will host an art exhibition featuring the work of painter, illustrator and printmaker Roberto Silva-Ortiz. An opening reception will be held in the Davis Gallery in Houghton House on Friday, Nov. 8, from 6-8 p.m. The exhibit will run through Dec. 6.
In his artist’s statement Silva-Ortiz says of his work: “My academic training allows me to encompass different pictographical records. Driven by neo-figuration, I’ve been developing a pictorial language that moves between illustration trends and contemporary pictorial languages. The work reveals my interest in representational classical techniques and a strong influence in magical realism, a Latin American movement very famous in literature and visual art. I have a diverse eye that allows me to be a multifaceted studio artist. Rooted by a classical background, and being exposed to dance, theatre, music, and performance art gives my work the ability to translate visually the unknown aura of the present action that occurs in performance practices.”
Silva-Ortiz, who was born in Long Branch, N.J., studied painting and drawing in the Central High School of Visual Arts in Santurce, Puerto Rico. At 17, he became apprentice to Puerto Rican artist Rafael Trelles. After two years in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Puerto Rico, he was awarded a scholarship by the Cátedra Latinoamericana de Artes Plásticas y Música to pursue printmaking methods in the San Alejandro Fine Arts Academy, La Habana, Cuba. Later he moved his career to the Canary Islands and to Barcelona, where he completed his “Colorblind” series.
Silva-Ortiz was a member of the Cercle Artistic de Sant Lluc in Barcelona. He has exhibited in Puerto Rico, the United States, Cuba, Spain, Norway, and Macedonia. He is currently an active member of The Ink Shop Printmaking Center and Olive Press in Ithaca, N.Y., where he has received accolades for his printmaking production. He was awarded the Kahn Family Fellowship for 2011-2012 and a 2012 Painting Fellowship at the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts in Ithaca.
Davis Gallery Hours are Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday 1:30-4:30 p.m.