Growing up in the culturally rich Romanian town of Piatra-Neamt until the age of 20, Silviana was exposed to the classic styles of the Greek, Roman, and Byzantine empires early in her life. Her father was a well known art and antiques collector, and she quickly became interested in art from childhood, spending most of her time drawing, designing fabric prints and designing clothing. As a teenager she took oil-painting lessons from a local artist who immediately recognized her talent and unique approach to capturing reality on canvas.
Silviana completed her higher education at the University of Southern California (USC), and worked as a computer programmer, a financial analyst, a project manager, a children's clothing designer as well as a scenic painter and designer for movie sets. But she kept painting, and since the summer of 2007 she has been doing it full time in her studio in Los Angeles, California. But apart from her upbringing, her vast reading and her extensive traveling, the biggest influence on her art was the year she spent at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where she took classes in architectural drafting, interior design, color theory, and painting. This is when her work gradually became more surrealist-inspired, more unexpected and provocative, and when she started to experiment with colors and an intense focus on composition, blending eccentric perspectives and controversial influences which resulted in wildly imaginative, unforgettable dreamscapes. Other more abstract works are inspired by nature, her travel, various childhood folk-tales from her homeland, and they employ a personal technique that Silviana has developed: I try to simplify the material forms, to purify the physicality to the point of eliminating or minimizing the shapes so that the essence, the energy transpire as untainted as possible.
Silviana is more of a narrative painter, "daring when it comes to the dream, speechless when it comes to expressing herself, using vivid colors and bold brush strokes rather than words to tell universal human stories through her art". (Vasile Spataru - Visual Artist, Biarritz, France)
In the late nineties Silviana switched from oil paint to acrylics. She found that acrylics fit her style better. She works on a painting over many days, often a few weeks, usually listening to music. And just like music, her art is a perfect combination of passion, inspiration, improvisation, fluidity and often playfulness.
Describing her painting process, Silviana says: I aim for fluidity and an organic feel, as if the paintings came into existence on their own.
Silviana's work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions in galleries throughout the United States and Europe, and can also be found in numerous private, public and museum collections.
Her work is refreshingly different, truly inspiring and passionate: The best way to describe the connection I have with my paintings is almost like a love affair that begins during the early stages of preparing my canvases with gesso.
2011 Art International Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland, Oct 14-16
2011 ArtExpo New York (March 24 - 27), New York, New York (USA)
2010 Solo Exhibition, Lascar Vorel Art Gallery, Piatra-Neamt (Romania)
2010 Mr Musichead Art Gallery, Hollywood, California (USA)
2010 Group Exhibition, Whittier Art Gallery, Whittier, California (USA)
2009 Mr Musichead Art Gallery, Hollywood, California (USA)
2009 Silent Auction (benefiting the Fertile Action Foundation), Beverly Hills, California (USA)
2009 "Fireworks" Group Exhibition, Conneaut Center for the Arts, Conneaut, Ohio (USA)
2009 "Dreams. A Journey Within", The Ice House, Louisville, Kentucky (USA)
2008 "Pink" Solo Exhibition, Zinc Lounge, Manhattan Beach, California (USA)
2008 "The Enigma" Solo Exhibition, Private Location, Beverly Hills, California (USA)
2007 "Memories" Solo Exhibition, Private Location, Atlanta, Georgia
2006 Transamerica building lobby reception, Los Angeles, California
"Vis Vechi cu Silviana Zub", Adevarul, March 2011
"Silviana Zub, o romanca ce a pictat mai mult peste Ocean", Evenimentul Zilei, March 2011
Nicolae, Emil, "Silviana Zub: Viziuni", Realitatea, (May 2010)
Tunberg, Despina, "International Contemporary Masters - Volume V", World Wide Art Books (2011)
"Observator", Antena 1, Romania (March 2011)
"Necenzurat", live televised program, 1TV Piatra-Neamt, Romania (April 2010)
"Matinal", live televised show, 1TV Piatra-Neamt, Romania (May 2010)
SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS:
European Parliament, Brussels (Belgium)
The Fine Arts Museum, Piatra-Neamt (Romania)
SELECTED PRIVATE COLLECTIONS:
Dr. Lisa B. Cassileth, Beverly Hills, California (USA)
Dr. Bruce Kadz, Beverly Hills, California (USA)
Alice Crisci, Washington, D.C. (USA)
Diane Y. Grossett, Rancho Palos Verdes, California (USA)
Nathaniel McCullagh, London (United Kingdom)
Virginia Brown, New York, New York (USA)
I use forceful gestures and sometimes strong colors, often intertwined with “feminine”, curvilinear and more sensual elements in my paintings. I aim for fluidity and an organic feel, as if the painting came into existence on its own. At times I like to create new meanings and suggest feelings and emotions by merging elements of the human body with plants or unexpected objects. Most of my work is born from a combination between dream and reality, between imagination and observation, between spiritual and physical; in other words, I create a dreamworld refined on a conscious level.
My personal history and culture are the foundation of my art, and I draw my inspiration from the simple shapes and colors in nature. My goal is not a photographic representation of reality, it is capturing its essence, its core, its spirit, it is my emotional response to it. In a way I am painting my soul and emotions. (Silviana Zub)