Surreal Portraiture: Andrés Silvera
Andrés Silvera is a self-taught mixed media artist from Toronto, Canada. His work can best be described as surreal portraiture, and uses a variety of mediums including watercolors, industrial enamel, and charcoal.
His signature style features “bold color bleeding as well as heavily layered drip and charcoal paintings using his hands, palette knives, and common household items such as toothbrushes, combs, and pens.”
Andrés has said that his characters are each an expression of himself, and his own feelings and experiences. He feels his pieces often “create themselves”.
Andrés says, “I have a love for human emotion and expression, for me each of my characters has their own story, personality and reason for being. They usually reflect personal experiences and feelings or those of close friends and family personified in someone else.
I’m inspired by the surreal aspect of life and enjoy creating things that don’t exist in our everyday world, letting my thoughts and feelings flow into the painting is a form of release for me.”
Andrés’ favorite brushes for watercolor are our Neptune Series 4750. “For watercolors the Neptune line is just perfect! The have a great weight to them and can hold a huge amount of water, they also feel great in your hand and are aesthetically beautiful.”
“For oils,” he says, “I always have a filbert Snap! brush on hand and love using the Velvetouch brushes for final layers.; because of the smooth soft handle, they are a pleasure to work with, and are great for fine details and thin layering.”