Biographic Notes
Born in Mexico city, and resident in region of Montreal since the spring of 2002, David Silva - Dasil is a professional, self-taught, fine art artist, continuously active for almost twenty years.

In parallel with a multi-year career in commercial photography, corporate communications and television programming production, David Silva - Dasil has developed a rich pictorial work, original and very personal. Upon his recent arrival in his new adoptive country, he confirmed his firm will to devote himself totally from now on to the development of his painting.

Working as well with acrylics, oils or inks, David Silva - Dasil presents imaginative figurative paintings, responding to a mix of influences going from surrealism to classicism, fantastic, allegoric or sacred art. The fineness and the precision of the drawings are enhanced by the richness of the colors and hues, allowing the artist to share with us some of his passions, such as music, mythology, or history. The whole of his work is meant to be a celebration of life. To the more careful observer, David Silva - Dasil loves to offer fine composite and complex images, with hidden details and compositions, then revealing a secondary symbolism which remains for ever vivid.

Often accepting sponsors' requests, the works of David Silva - Dasil are found in many private collections, be it in Mexico, in the United States, in Canada, in Argentina, in France, in Spain and in Germany.


"Painting, for me, is like singing an ode to life while sketching a reflection of ourselves, of our passions, of our desires and of our spirituality.

Each work is the result of an inspiration coming from everything that surrounds me, although intertwined with my imaginary world. A person, a place, nature, music, as many motivations to create and propose my interpretation of a reality, my reality.

Even though my paintings regularly invite a close scrutiny, always will subsist a transparent partition occulting a second meaning, something beyond...

Often my images become accomplices to create a third one, seeking to confound the eye and to transcend the first appearance. Thus the original idea will be reinforced or replaced by a second concept, and the observer guided towards my world.

Colour is another fundamental element of each work, for it plays a capital role. The research, the selection and the composition of the tonalities allow me to generate atmospheres and environments, in order to attain my own emotional equilibrium."


Galeries where represented

     Galerie Relais des Arts (5 River Street, Stanbridge-East, Quebec/Canada - +1/514/249-5837)

     Galerie d'art Richelieu (7903, rue Saint-Denis, Montréal, Québec/Canada - +1/514/381-2247)

Individual Exhibitions

     Galerie d'art Richelieu (Montreal, Canada) - Human Nature - May 2006

     Galerie Relais des Arts (Stanbridge-East, Canada) - Duo - September 4-19, 2004

     Galerie Art et Quartz (Montreal, Canada) - Les Ailes de l'Imagination - June 7-28, 2003

Group Exhibitions

     Couleurs sur le monde, Rêves d'Automne, Baie-Saint Paul (Canada) – 27 september - 3 october 2010

     26 th Exposition Concours Gala International, Le Cercle des Artistes et Sculpteurs du Québec, Montréal (Canada) – 29 october 2009

     La Promenade des grands peintres, Rêves d'Automne, Baie-Saint Paul (Canada) – 3 october 2009

     Concours National de Peinture, Rêves d'Automne, Baie-Saint Paul (Canada) – 3 september 2009

     Galerie Espacio Mexico, Équipe Mexi-Que-Bec, Consulat Général du Mexique, Montréal (Canada) – 23 july 2009

     Le Club des Arts, Galerie Arte Bella, Montréal (Canada) – 4 juin 2009

     Galerie Lisabelle, Le Cercle des Artistes Peintres et Sculpteurs du Québec Arts, Montréal (Canada) – 3 décember 2008

     Small sizes, The Arts Club, Leonardo Da Vinci Centre, Montreal (Canada) – December 13-23, 2008

     25th Gala Competition, Cercle des Artistes Peintres et Sculpteurs du Québec, Montreal (Canada) – October 30 to November 2, 2008

     Rêves d’automne, Baie Saint-Paul (Canada) – Couleurs sur le MondeTheme Exhibition upon Selected Invitation – September 22-26, 2008

     Espacio México, General Consulate of Mexico, Montreal (Canada) – Artists from Montreal - 14 juillet au 28 août 2008

     6a Biennale Internazionale dell'Arte Contemporanea, Florence, Italy - December 1-9, 2007

     Laurier Museum (Victoriaville, Canada) - Ici et Ailleurs - June to September, 2007

     Alexis Nihon Space (Montreal, Canada) - ArtFeria in the City (Festivalissimo) - March 1st-31, 2007

     Galerie d'art Richelieu (Montreal, Canada) - December 3-17, 2006

     LatinoAmerica 2006 International Juried Exhibition - Etobicoke Civic Centre Art Gallery
         (Etobicoke, Canada) - March 9-31, 2006

     Galerie Richelieu (Montreal, Canada) - International Exhibition, November 7 to December 31, 2004

     Galerie L'Arc-en-Ciel (Chambly, Canada) - September 27, 2003 to January 11, 2004

     Galerie Art et Quartz (Montréal/Canada) - 2004, 2003


     Festival des Arts du Village (Montreal, Canada) - July 3-6, 2003

     Grand Symposium de Québec (Québec, Canada) - August 2-3, 2003

     Frelighsburg Festiv'Art (Québec, Canada) - August 30-31, 2003


    Finalist Certificat Cirque du Soleil Competition, Rêves d'Automne, Baie-Saint Paul (Canada) – 2009

    Silver Medal – Choice of jury Exposition / Le Club des Arts – (Judges of Royal Canadian Academy of Arts) – Juin 4, 2009

    Academician titular – Awarded by L'Académie Internationale des Beaux Arts du Québec – may 2, 2009

    1st Grand Prize in figurative frontier – 25th Gala Competition, Cercle des Artistes Peintres et Sculpteurs du Québec – November 16, 2008

    Premio del Presidente – 6a Biennale Internazionale dell’Arte Contemporanea, Florence (Italy) – December 1 - 9, 2007

References and Media

     Catalogue « Couleurs sur le monde » (La rencntre des peuples) 2008 ISHB 978-2-9810916-0-4

     Catalogue « Sexta Biennale Dell'Arte Contemporanea » Firenze Italia, 2007

     Magazin'Art, Biennal Guide to Artists in Galleries, 2006-2008

     Magazin'Art, Biennal Guide to Artists in Galleries, 2004-2005


     Terra Nova, No. 47, July 2008 - Le monde de Dasil - article (in French) and pictures

     Mapalé Artes y Letras, No. 5, Winter 2006/2007, Ottawa - Dreaming of transforming Latin-American Art into Mainstream Art for Canadians - picture

     Parcours, L'informateur des arts, Vol. 10, no.3, Fall 2004 - article (in French) and picture, pdf format

     Magazin'Art, Fall 2004 - article (in French) and picture, pdf format

     La Voix de l'est, Grandby, August 7, 2004 - article and picture, pdf format

     Magazin'Art, Summer 2004 - mention, pdf format

     Le Journal de Chambly, Chambly, October 7, 2003 - article and picture, pdf format

     Periódico Etcétera, Montreal, June 2003 - article (in Spanish) and picture, pdf format

     Le Ville-Marie, Montreal, July 6, 2003 - picture of Inauguration, Galerie Art et Quartz


     Nuevo Mundo TV, Montreal, July 2008 - interview

     Nuevo Mundo TV, Montreal, Agenda Ñ, March 2007 - interview

     CH TV, Montreal, Telelatino, January 9, 2005 - interview


     Radio-Canada International, Montreal, Canadá en Las Americas, July 17, 2008 - interview

     CKUT-FM, Montreal, Listening to Latin America, August 2004 and May 2003 - interviews

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