RAFAEL SILVEIRA Brazil, b. 1978

Rafael Silveira (Paraguanà, 1978) is a Brazilian artist based in Curitiba, Brazil. Silveira studied Fine Arts at the University of Parana and a received a degree in advertising from Centro Universitario Curitiba in 2002.


After several years working as an illustrator and graphic designer for magazines and advertising campaigns, Silveira decided to fully dedicate himself to fine art and began to paint with oil.


Silveira's art is characterised by highly detailed and surreal canvases, with incredible handcrafted frames that become an integral part of the artwork. His paintings are deeply influenced by old masters, from Arcimboldo to Magritte. He takes inspiration from old cult b-movies, German Expressionism, Robert Rodriguez's movies as well as Tarantino's, David Linch's, Wes Anderson's, Charlie Kaufman's, Classic Cartoons and Ren & Stimpy. His favorite books are Kafka's "Metamorfoses" and "Eu" by Augusto dos Anjos. The artist is married to the Brazilian textile artist Flávia Itiberê.


Rafael Silveira' paintings are in the permanent collection of MAM/RJ - Rio de Janeiro Modern Art Musium and MON - Oscar Niemeyer Museum). He showcased his work all around the world, from the USA to Europe, including: Mind's Eye Funfair in 2015, Atomica Gallery, London, UK; Unforeseeable, Jonathan Levine Gallery, NY, USA, in 2014; Invisível Pitoresco, Choque Cultural Gallery, São Paulo, Brazil, in 2013; Curiosa Symphonia para Orquestras de Cores e Formas, Choque Cultural Gallery, São Paulo, Brazil, in 2011; Candy Eating Contest, Arold Golen Gallery, Miami, Florida in 2008.