Los Dorados de Villa -David Silvah
It has been very difficult for me to choose a painting from David Silvah's large body of work. So many remarkable obras. David Silvah is a multi faceted artist with a mastery of different techniques, from his very structured flamenco dancer series, to an almost whimsical vision of Don Quixote, to his very clever political commentary.
I did eventually decide on this amazing painting, inspired by the famous picture of Pancho Villa en un campamento maderista, taken in 1911 by the great photographer Augustin Casasola. David Silvah painted the revolutionaries in gold so that he might name the
painting "Los Dorados de Villa", which means "Villa's golden ones" and added the masks of some of the most famous Mexican Wrestlers (Luchadores) from left to right they are Solar, Blue Demon, El Santo, Mil Máscaras and Huracán Ramírez. Thus making the picture a visual metaphor. Literally fighters fighting for social change. I thought this was really clever and an inspired analogy. Many of his paintings have social and political messages but done in a very unique David Silvah way.
David Silvah is from Juchipila Zacatecas, born February 18 1974. He considers himself a self-taught artist that has been influenced by the artists who were deeply affected by the Mexican Revolution, such as Siqueiros, Rivera and Orozco, the cornerstones of Mexican Muralism. He also studied Caravaggio, a 17th century Italian artist, who is often credited with inventing the use of dramatic contrast between light and dark technique known as "tenebrism". William Taylor also known for his techniques in working with light is another influence. Mr Silvah now resides in Rosarito, Mexico. One can find his Baja Gallery in front of the Rosarito Beach Hotel on Blvd. Benito Juarez.
Here are some links to find out more about this inspiring and talented artist and to see more of his entertaining, erotic and thought provoking work…