Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Oscar Silva

Just a few minutes ago, while dusting my home, I came upon a small piece of art made
by artist Oscar Silva. I'm so grateful I own this art piece, not only because it is beautifully made but
because is the only reminder I have of Oscar. He passed away on March 11 on his sleep, he was 53.
The fiber arts community lost a very talented artist and he will be missed. I will miss running into him at exhibits. We often joked that we always ended up "together" because in various occasions
our art pieces would end up next to each other. To see some of his art please visit Oscar's blog. I'm sure Oscar's partner, Varner, will keep it open for a while.
I'm having a difficult time reconciling with the fact that such a talented person is no longer with us.
Rest in Peace, Oscar.

The best way to describe how we love Oscar's creative spirit is with these words  by Wayne Alan Brenner of the Austin Chronicle.

'Organic: Basic Inspirations' Studio2Gallery

"We are bound to art by our very consciousness. Pattern recognition draws us toward order, toward the ordered forms of this world (or toward those forms that are intentional repudiations of order), and we are helplessly in thrall. Our perceptions: woven into the tapestry of what we perceive, warp and woof and sense of wonder.
Oscar Silva, featured artist in Studio2Gallery's "Organic: Basic Inspirations" show, is no stranger to weaving. This is the man who spends hour upon countless hour tying together fiber and lengths of handmade paper, wire, and weeds in service to his muse. This is Silva, who layers wafers of wood into delicate architectures of meaning, who binds beauty in braids of raffia, horsehair, and jute..."


varner said...

thank you for your kindness -- oscar always admired you and your work - he thought of you as a good friend -- thank you for being in his life and inspiring him to be better -- varner

Linda Teddlie Minton said...

Although I didn't know Oscar well, I miss him too, and will miss seeing him at art openings. My heart hurts for Varner and their friends and family.