Monica Silva is a brazilian 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. Her works often inspires to great masters like Marcel Duchamp, Salvador Dali, Caravaggio, Horst P. Horst, Man Ray, Jeanloup Sieff, Peter Witkin, Andy Warhol.
Monica is a direct descendant of the Guarani tribe, from Spirito Santo region on her mother' side, and grew up in São Paulo, Brazil. In 1986 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 over 30 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, Istoè, Harpers Bazar, Vogue, Io Donna, Sunday Times Korea, Le Figarò, Veja Brasil, Panorama, Rolling Stone.
Numerous are the publications with her signature, including: "No News, Good News" G. Colin (Rizzoli), "It's a Nikon, It's an Icon" 100 years of Nikon in the eyes of 100 photographers, "Facce da MAC" (Apple) Alberto Pucci (Mondadori), "Sudari" G. Colin (Mondadori Electa ed.), "Shooting Yourself" Haje Jan Kamps (Contrast ed.), "Artist's Wall" La Lettura (Corriere della Sera Foundation), "Mythographies" G. Colin, "Libertà Perpetua" San Marino Unesco (Minerva ed.), "Il Panino dal Mare" Alessandro Frassica (Giunti Ed.)
GROUP AND SOLO SHOWS:
2016: “Percorsi Illuminati”Mondadori Multicenter (Milano)
2007: “People I Met”, Palazzo Mancini, (Town Hall, Cattolica)
“Percorsi Illuminati” Mondadori Multicenter (Bologna)
2008: “Life Above All”, Mazzoleni Art Gallery (Milan/Lugano)
2009: “Suggestions of Spoon River”, Abbazia di Pomposa, Stefano Forni art Gallery, Codigoro Town Hall, (Bologna, Codigoro)
“GEMLUC” Group show, Mazzoleni Art (Montecarlo)
“Home, World” Foiano Photography Festival, group show, (Foiano)
2010: “On My Skin”, Stefano Forni Art Gallery Arte Fiera Off, (Bologna)
2012: “Obiettivi Antiquari”, Hasselblad group show FIMA & Arnaldo Pavesi Fine Art , (Milan)
2013: “My Hidden Ego”, Palazzo Pichi Sforza (Sansepolcro)
“The Butterfly’s Fall – Postcards from Tokyo”, Nuova Galleria Morone, (Milan)
“Beautiful China”, Nikon group show, Milan Town Hall and China Tourism Board, (Milan)
“See me Gallery”, Group show, (New York)
2014: “Lux Et Filum A Contemporary Vision of Caravaggio”, Reda1865 World Launch Event Casa Petra(Sao Paulo)
2015: “Lux Et Filum A Contemporary Vision of Caravaggio”, Instituto di Cultura Italia (Sao Paulo)
“Banana Golden Pop Art”, MIA Photography Fair 2015, Still Gallery (Milan)
“Banana Golden Pop Art”, Affordable Art Fair, Gaudì Gallery (Hamburg)
2016: “Lux Et Filum A Contemporary Vision of Caravaggio”, MIA Photography Fair , Bianconi Gallery (Milan)
2017: “Banana Golden Pop Art”, Milan Design Week, Brazil S/A (Università Statale Milan)
2018: “Red Series/Fil Rouge”(Art in a Box group show) Galleria Schubert/Studio Bolzani (Milan)
“Female Photography” Group show at Spazio Tadini Museum (Milan)
CLIENTS PORTFOLIO: ENEL, UGF, HASSELBLAD, MANFROTTO, RCS GROUP, MONDADORI, ENI, UNESCO, PIQUADRO, PROCTER & GAMBLE, AMORIM, CONDE NAST, SONY MUSIC, ALVIN GRASSI DESIGN, NIKON, LOTTO SPORT, RAI, MINERVA ED., CEPIM SPA, REDA1865, EICMA, ROLLING STONE De Pace Ed.
Education: Campus Sales College, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Oxford House College, London UK
Awards: Biennale International of Art2011, Venice, Italy Best Picture “Dorfles infinito e lo sguardo a Ghirri”
“Best Brazilian Photographer in Italy 2018” by Focus Brasil Foundation, Globo Group, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Brazil
MONICA SILVA IS AMBASSADOR FOR MANFROTTOAND NIKON ITALIA
Monica Silva lives and works in Milan