Dylan Silva was born in Switzerland and moved to Portugal when he was five years old, in 1999. He did high school at Marinha Grande, in visual arts. He lives in Porto since 2012, when he joined the degree of Multimedia and Plastic Arts, at the Faculdade de Belas Artes of Universidade do Porto, the city he fell in love with and that he considers special.
He paints since he was a child, and, as an artist, he feels inspired by the shape of the human body and its tones, painting mostly bodies and faces in strong colours created from watercolours.
Along with Mariana Malhão, he organizes the monthly event “Sábado-Feira”, at Espaço Maus Hábitos. With free attendance, this is a fair of different arts – painting, illustration, street art, ceramics, prints, zines. He has been cooperating with some artists and participating in individual and collective exhibitions, with the most recent being: Box 32”Porto” (fashion design showcase and exhibition of illustrations, and cooperation with Pedro Neto); “Out of the blue you were free” at the Ó Galeria, in Porto, and at the P7 Gallery, in Berlin.
. My favourite location is… Bolhão. We go there for lunch often, I like to talk to the vendors, with that neighbourhood, fair culture. I like to check the flowers and the lady there always manages to convince us to buy something.
. What I like the most about Porto is… The people and their authenticity. There is a great contrast between the people from Porto and Lisbon. Here, on the first contact, people may sound cold and arrogant, for the reason that they will be genuine and speak their mind, unfiltered, without worrying about “feelings”. Even if the answer is a little rough, people have no problem in replying.
. People from Porto are… authentic. They speak without any sort of filter. They are united, with similar opinions.
. A defining story… on my first year at the university, I was living in a house that had people from the fourth year, and a seagull with a damaged wing landed on our balcony. I asked my colleagues what should we do, and they said that we shouldn’t do anything. I thought we couldn’t just let the bird die. It couldn’t fly, so, after two days, I started giving it food. One day, it started raining, just pouring down, and I grabbed a card box and got the bird inside. I went to class and, when I got back, I took it to the natural park in Gaia, and now I’m the official sponsor of the seagull.
. Culture in Porto is… developing, growing immensely, with more and more people involved. There should be more supports – better announced – and more opportunities, but, still, there are some opportunities, and I think people need to be more aware, be more proactive. We know that our area is complicated due to financial instability, but, if we don’t take the initiative, it will be worse; people need to make things happen.