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Francisco Silva Open Studio

July 20 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Arts & Cultural Council Member Francisco Silva is hosting an Open Studio on July 20 in Frenchtown, NJ. Park in the downtown parking lots and walk to his home studio.

About the Artist:

Francisco Silva was born in Lima, Peru. When he was three his family immigrated to the United States settling in New Jersey where he was raised. Encouraged by his parents, he began drawing at an early age. While attending Parsons School of Design he studied composition, color and oil painting as well as graphic design. After graduating, he continued oil painting and exhibited in various group shows at that time.

Currently, his work has grown to include themes portraying the struggles of the everyday person. His influences include Edward Hopper and the Social Realist painters of the 1920s and 1930s. The rich textiles of his Peruvian roots are reflected in his use of vibrant color and his brushwork is a combination of loose, painterly strokes and controlled detail.

Artist Statement:

My painting is inspired by my surroundings and the daily interactions I experience within them. I use color to express and evoke emotion preferring to mix all colors, including black, from a limited palette. The process is analytical at first, striving to create a balanced composition as a foundation for the work. When painting starts, I apply loose strokes to convey movement and energy. As the painting evolves, I refine only certain areas for emphasis and to create contrast.

Through my work, I try to connect with the viewer by sharing my personal moments in life. As their eyes move through the painting, I want them to ask questions about the subject matter, the location and my interpretation of that instance. I want them to react to the canvases whether they’re large and panoramic scenes or smaller ones that are more personal and intimate.

Open Studio Details:

Date: July 20, 2024

Hours: 11am – 5pm


115 Harrison Street

(at the corner of Harrison St. and 2nd St.)

Frenchtown, NJ


July 20
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Francisco Silva Studio
115 Harrison Street
Frenchtown, NJ United States
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