Ez Silva is a self-taught illustrator from the western region of the city of Rotterdam. Her illustrations depict women with an inward-looking gaze in postures that are reminiscent of yoga. She explains that they illustrate both the introvert as well as the extravert qualities of the female experience; their power but also their introspection.
They are shown in profile with their eyes closed and their bodies are often contorted into the most beautiful poses. Of this she says: “The poses are meant to catch the spectator attention, whilst the closed eyes maintain a certain distance to the audience. These females are powerful and vulnerable at the same time and I wish them to be a mirror in which women see themselves reflected.” In short, Ez Silva wants to show all the contrasting facets of what it entails to be a woman.
Her works are hand drawn, coloured and, lastly, digitally enhanced. She likes to use layers of texture and occasionally uses patterns. Most importantly, she works from the inside out. She is driven by her emotions to create images of femininity and seldom searches for inspiration outside of herself. Like her figures, she is an introvert in certain ways, who, at the same time, likes the company of others.
She has a background in industrial product design, as well as other ventures, and although she has drawn from an early age, she has sought long and hard to find her inner passion. Now she pours all her creative energy into her illustrations and it shows!
Ez was born in the mountainous region of Cape Verde in a village of São Nicolau. At the age of 8, she moved to the Netherlands with her mother and her many siblings to settle down in the West of Rotterdam, a multicultural neighbourhood known for its colourful mix of nationalities. Rotterdam is her home base, a place she feels safe and content at.
If you wish to contact her, feel free to do so. Whether it be for a collaboration, a commission or the exchange of creative ideas, do not hesitate!
— Written by Karolina Grenczyk