Ez Silva


Ez Silva (1985) is a Rotterdam-based contemporary artist. In her art she expresses her fascination with the female form and explores the many facets of femininity in an Art Deco/ Art Nouveau-like style. 


Cabo Verde

Ez Silva grew up in Cabo Verde with 7 brothers and sisters. When she was 8 her family moved to Rotterdam. Growing up in a big family as the youngest of her siblings she developed a strong and versatile character. She is determined and creative, meticulous and a perfectionist, all which is reflected in her artwork. 


Drawing as storytelling

Every drawing has its own unique story and it is through this storytelling that Ez Silva communicates with and relates to her audience. Her drawings deal with questions about identity, femininity, strength and vulnerability. As a woman it is easy to relate to the women in Ez’s work and reflect on one's own experience as a woman. The women express joy, sadness, passion, pain, lust, (beauty, comfort, recognition, shame, love or disgust) and you cannot help but be moved in the same way. Her artwork is all about finding out who she is as a woman, who she wants to be and how she wants to express herself as an artist to the world. 


Work (in) proces

To Ez every detail has meaning, every line carefully drawn-out, every colour matching her mood. When she starts to draw, she starts on a blank page, without any intent or idea, only to express what is inside of her. What happens then is that the drawing begins to speak to her to tell a story or express a feeling. She is emotionally connected to the lines, expression, position and colours. She starts with pencil on paper and hand draws every work of art and does the coloring digitally. The colours she uses are earthly and representative of the elements. 

As an artist Ez Silva has been able to engage with her audience in an open and honest way. She wants to extend her reach and connect to a broader audience with her art and beautiful stories. 


Text : Jolien Spigt, FemFest