Monica Silva is a self-taught photographer. Her first steps into photography happened in a very young age, shooting with polaroids and Instamatics cameras. Keen of experiments in photography and specially on staged psychology portraiture, she creates complex projects on how the conflict between the existential and cultural daily life has a grip on the contemporary psyche of today’s society.
Monica is a descendant of Tupi Guarani indigenous tribe and was raised in Sao Paulo in Brazil untill 1986 year in which she moved to London to complete english studies. A curious spirit and thirsty of learning, she moved on to Italy where she has been living for 29 years. For many years she worked on commercial projects, creating album covers for international music labels and a series of portraits of movie stars, musicians, corporate managers and politics published on international editorial magazines and newspapers as Max, Corriere della Sera, Vanity Fair, Style, El Pais Sette, Io Donna, Panorama.
Monica Silva has exhibited personal projects in many important group and solo exhibitions: Life Above All, Mazzoleni Art Gallery (Milan 2008), Suggestions of Spoon River, Stefano Forni, Codigoro City Hall, (Bologna, Italy 2009), GEMLUC, Mazzoleni Art, (Montecarlo, France 2009), On My Skin, Arte Fiera Off, (Bologna, Italy 2010), My Hidden Ego, (Sansepolcro, Italy 2013), The Butterfly’s Fall – Postcards from Tokyo, Nuova Galleria Morone, (Milan 2013), Lux Et Filum A Contemporary Vision of Caravaggio, Instituto di Cultura Italia (Sao Paulo, Brazil 2014), MIA Photography Fair, Still Gallery (Milan 2015), Banana Golden Pop Art, Art Affordable Art Fair, Gaudi Gallery (Hamburg 2015), LUX ET FILUM MIA Photography Fair, Bianconi Gallery (Milan 2016)
Education: Campus Sales College, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Oxford House College, London UK
Awards: Biennale International of Art 2011, Venice, Italy Best Picture “Dorfles infinito e lo sguardo a Ghirri”
Monica Silva lives and works in Milan, Italy