Archive for August 10, 2015

Artist of the moment…….Maria Helena Vieiera da Silva

 

 

Maria Helena Vieira da Silva was a Portuguese/ French painter who worked in an abstract style. Maria da Silva was born in Lisbon, Portugal in the year 1908.

The artist enjoyed art as a child and enrolled at the Academy of Art in Lisbon, Portugal when she was 11 years old.

She studied with much of the well established artists in many fields including Fernand Léger and Stanley W. Hayter the master engraver.

After completing her studies she began to exhibit in Paris, France in her early 20s, moving to the city in the early 1930s. She also married an artist she met there named Árpád Szenes.

In this clip a great montage of works by the artist:

The artist exhibited at the Sao Paulo Art Biennial in 1961.

Maria Helena Vieira da Silva passed away in 1992.

Price range information: The artist produced prints which start at $5,000. She also worked in oils, gouache, and watercolor. Prices range from $50,000 to $1 million dollars.

What I enjoy most about the artist’s work is her flow and movement of shapes. Another contemporary artist whose work is very abstract and similar to Da Silva, but with a nod to the field of architecture, is the artist Julie Mehretu.

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