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As a self-taught artist, Leandro Silva was inspired at a very young age by an older friend. Unable to pay for an art course his friend offered, Leandro improvised: “I took his drawings and I copied over them to learn. Time passed and I went further improving my drawings using colored pencils, graphite, pen and ink and dry chalk, lacking only ink.”
As time progressed, Leandro’s curiosity kept him learning. During this learning journey, Leandro Silva found a master artist willing to mentor him. “My mentor, Clesio Regis, was always talking about reproducing the works of other master painters. So I started painting Monet and Salvador Dali among others. After a while, every great work of art I saw, I wanted to paint! My artistic expression is eclectic so I discovered that each time I paint, I will begin with one style and then sometimes mix styles.” This process defines Leandro’s artistic expression.
Leandro’s movement towards surf art opened the avenue for his artistic expression: “Portraying the surf came naturally with my painting style!” His artistic portrayal was being shaped by pulling his talent together with a mix of creativity and inspiration. “I could see how my art could come alive, I had a talent for it. I went to study at the school of Visual Art (EAV) Parque Lage, where I started to create my paintings and establish another vision of art. My studying confirmed that my work was on the right track.
The artistic process of Leandro transcends paintings and sculptures. He regularly participates in art exhibitions, contributing to the cultural growth of surf art in Brazil. “My first solo exhibition was on canvas at Hermeto Pascoal. People liked it a lot! I remember having a very good exhibition, putting on a good show at the Literary Guild, Universidarte. The exhibitions are important for the dissemination of the artist, art and culture.”
The thirst for knowledge and willingness to learn has given Leandro the opportunity to engage with the world of arts. The study, training and dedication are central to the evolution within the atmosphere of art: “We have to be prepared for anything. for those who live the art, the road is hard, but if one is to be happy, it is worth it! Study hard, research a lot, going to exhibitions and always listen to those who have experience to share. And the main thing: At the tip of the brush is your heart.” This is what triggers Leandro.
Leandro’s works convey pure surfing, portraying good vibes on beaches and visual Rio de Janeiro. In some paintings, Leandro subtly portrays friends, family members or even feelings that refer to people and places within his mind. The good vibe spreads where his art is present, giving it its main focus while the vibe declares: “Dude, it is my job to translate what is in my mind in order to bring joy to people.”