Local Social Network for the Arts Community in Central Valley
Time: January 6, 2011 at 5pm to January 27, 2011 at 5pm
Location: 1415 Fulton St. Fresno, CA. Across from the Warnor's Theater/Behind the Broadway Studios
Street: 1415 Fulton St. (Across from the Warnor's Theater)
City/Town: Fresno California
Website or Map: http://my.fresnoarts.net/prof…
Event Type: arthop, visual, arts, event, music
Organized By: Jewel FM Art Gallery
Latest Activity: Jan 10, 2011
Despite the gruff appearance in the photo, Richard Silva is one of the nicest of the "Venerable" artists in the Valley. He will primarily be presenting some new works of automobiles and buildings in his "intentionally naïve," style. His show can be seen through January 27th.
Richard Silva has been referred to as an iconic Fresno artist. His pieces of abstract expressionism have made him one of a small group of venerated Fresno artists".
When asked about seeking approval from the general public, he says, "You just don't worry about that," he said. "You won't get approval from everyone. Sometimes the work challenges people. It causes them to wonder about what this guy is doing. I have had people come into my studio and scratch their head and wonder what the heck this guy is doing. They wonder, is this art? It takes courage to fall on your face. I do it anyway. I have to do it anyway. That's what art is about." He said he has been painting forever. "Well, at least 45 years."
Richard says his training at the San Francisco Art Institute carries over to other parts of his life.
"I work quickly and I don't think too much about it," he said. "First, I have to do it. Then I make corrections. I don't hesitate. Once I put it down, that's it."