Silvia Papas

“The role of woman in society’s relation to luxury and consumerism, plays a large role in my artwork. With these concepts in mind, you’re allowed to truly understand and grasp the spirit of my female figures.”

Fresh, lively, and vibrant are just a few words to describe the lavish works of Italian artist, Silvia Papas (B. 1969). After completing her studies at the Fine Art School of Padua during the late 80s, she focused on her fields of stage sets, posters and fashion, and creating clothing collections for men and women. 

The visual inspiration provided by Fashion, Fine Art, Pop Art, and that evocated by the artist’s frequent trips to the United States, gave rise to the aesthetic line underlying her pictorial research which she has devoted herself exclusively since 1993. (Read More)

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From her early works, her canvases, ever attractively and colorful, have portrayed seductive female figures, witnesses of a modernity in which they play a leading role. Following a phase in which the human element was set aside in favor of nature, the artist veered from sharp acrylic backgrounds to more severe tones, foreshadowing a development towards more complex, “hazy” subjects. Spectrums of greys, and a tendency towards monochrome, now underlie the perpetual seductive action of the artist’s subjects, revealing a sense of restlessness, of obsessiveness. Their glittering existence gives way to an unexpected solitude and dependence.

 Papas’s women symbolize the dazzling avant-gardism of a society destabilized by its wellbeing. The symbols of consumerism, and the ideological contrasts arising out of alienation, leave visible traces among the sidewalks and walls of contemporary cities, which act as the background to figures that, however, retain their power to fascinate. 

Between 2002 and 2004, together with Ekatherina Savtchenko, Marika Lang and Kana Otofuji, Papas gave life to the “4 Women Group,” an all-female artistic group stylistically marked by multicultural exchange, which has held a series of exhibitions in Italy and abroad. In Papas’ most recent visions, the frenzy of contemporary life in big cities, their streets taken by storm by glittering cars, dashing motorbikes and bustling crowds, fully assimilates the human element, giving rise to representations which, though marked by the artist’s particular formal methods, gain greater extensiveness and spatial depth, while also exalting the rhythmical beat of her palette. The painter’s work, through the uninterrupted attention of major sector players, is the subject of growing interest from the public and from international critics.

MEDIA & PROJECTS

2019
Award Fair Saturday ad honorem 2019| Fair Saturday Foundation | Bilbao | Spain.
Exceptional women: the value of an opportunity | BBVA Microfinance Foundation | Madrid | Spain.
Jury 10th Figurativas | Fundació Privada de les Arts i els Artistes | Barcelona | Spain.
Karl V | Scenery, Costumes & Vdeoart | Bayerische Staatsopera | München |Germany.
Project Rembrandt | NTR, Dutch Public Broadcaster | The Netherlands.
Jury 11th Certamen Nacional de Pintura Parlamento de La Rioja | La Rioja | Spain.

2018
Award Personaje del Año Fuera de Serie 2018, category Art, El Mundo | Madrid | Spain.

2017
Crónicas: Lita Cabellut, el lenguaje de los colores | RTVE, Spanisch Public Broadcaster | Spain.
Le Siège de Corinthe |Rossini opera Festival | Pesaro | Italy
Close Up: Lita Cabellut, Beauty above all | AVROTROS, Dutch Public Broadcaster | The Netherlands.

2015
Jury 5th Figurativas | Fundació Privada de les Arts i els Artistes | Barcelona | Spain

MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS (SELECTION)

2020
Bienal | Schloss Oraniembaum | Oraniembaum | Germany

2019
8th Beijing International Art Biennale |Hispano American hall – National Museum of Art (NAMOC) | Pekín | China.
Naakt of bloot? | Museum Jan Cunen | Oss | The Netherlands.
La Victora del Silencio | Museo Goya | Zaragoza | Spain(Solo).

2018
The Rossini Project | Documentationcentre German Sinti en Roma | Berlin | Germany.
A Chronicle of the infinite | Museum Jan van der Togt| Amstelveen |The Netherlands.
MASTERLY The Hague | Hoogsteder & Hoogsteder | The Hague |The Netherlands.
Charlie Chaplin – A Vision | YUZ Museum Shanghai | China.
Testimonio| Centro Cultural Cascais| Cascais | Portugal.
Mujeres Artistas Hoy| Museo Europeo d’Art Modern | Barcelona | Spain.

2017-2018
Testimonio| Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Gas Natural Fenos | A Coruña | Spain.
Retrospective | Espais Volart – Fundació Vila Casas | Barcelona |Spain.

2015-2016
The Figure in Process: de Kooning to Kapoor, 1955-2015| Pivot Centre for Art + Culture | Seattle| USA.

2015
Disturbance | Museum Jan van der Togt | Amstelveen |The Netherlands.
Black Tulip: The Golden Age | Lalit Kala A kademi | New Delhi | India.
Trilogy of Truth | MEAM Museu Europeu d’Art Modern| Barcelona| Spain.
Blind Mirror |Hälsinglands Museum| Hudiksvall | Sweden.
Trilogy of Doubt | Mac’S Museo Arte Contemporanea |Catania | Italy.
Black Tulip: The Golden Age | CSMVS (former Prince of Wales Museum) |Bombay| India.

2014
Black Tulip: The Golden Age | State Visit Okura Hotel | Tokyo | Japan.
100 Masterpieces | Seoul Art Centre | Seoul | South Korea.
Here to Stay | Kunststation Kleinsassen | Berlin | Germany.

2013
Trilogy of Doubt | Het Noordbrabants Museum | Bolduque | The Netherlands.
Trilogy of Doubt | Fundació Vila Casas | Barcelona| Spain.
Me, you and Others | The Finnish Labour Museum | Werstas | Finland

GALLERY EXHIBITIONS (SELECTION)

2018
A Chronicle of the infinite | Opera Gallery | NY | USA. (solo show).
Lita Cabellut in Seoul | Opera Gallery | Seoul | South Korea. (solo show).

2017
Army of Poets | Opera Gallery | Paris | France / Hong Kong | China (solo show).

2016
Fairy Flowers | Opera Gallery | Beirut | Lebanon (solo show).
Colour of Dew | Opera Gallery, Dubai | Dubai (solo show).
One Artist | Art Karlsruhe | Galerie Günther Zulauf | Karlsruhe | Germany (solo show).

2015
Impulse | Opera Gallery | London | UK (solo show).

2014
Black Tulip: The Golden Age | Opera Gallery | Paris |France (solo show).
Starcatcher| Opera Gallery | Seoul | South Korea.

2013
Hidden Dreams | The Moscow World Fine Art Fair | Opera Gallery | Moscow |Russia.
Dried Tear | Opera Gallery | Singapore | Singapore (solo show).
Behind the Curtains | Opera Gallery | Hong Kong | China (solo show).

2012
After the Show | Galerie Terminus, Munich | Germany (solo show).
Portrait of Human knowledge | Opera Gallery | London | UK (solo show).
Memories Wrapped in Gold Paper | Opera Gallery | Dubai | Dubai (solo show).

2011
Coco: The Testimony of Black and White | Opera Gallery | Paris | France (solo show).
Camarón | Galerie Kai Dikhas | Berlin | Germany (solo show).
La Perla Negra | Opera Gallery | London | UK (solo show).

2010
Madness and Reason | Bill Lowe Gallery | Atlanta| USA (solo show).
One Man Show | Galerie Günther Zulauf | Karlsruhe | Germany (solo show).