Silvia Larrañaga
Artist/
Painter

Silvia Larrañaga

Painter

Bio

I was born in Montevideo, Uruguay where I lived until the age of 21. Then I settled in Paris for decades, and 5 years ago I moved to Barcelona, in search of Mediterranean light and ancient roots. I have several motherlands that are close to my heart, and there's a part of me in each one. Originally a writer, I taught literature at the University in France and published several nov-els and collections of short stories, in Uruguay and France, before I felt a calling to the world of painting. For more than ten years I have passionately devoted myself to artwork, giving way to the emergence of a body of work that represents me. As a visual artist, I am self-taught, alt-hough I have attended various workshops where I have acquired – mostly by impregnation – some technical skills and a handful of rules but, above all, where I have learned, almost without being fully aware, to let myself go to intuition, to express and capture, here and now, fleetingly, a deep-rooted need pulsating somewhere within me.

STATEMENT

My paintings materialise from an unknown place that is revealed through colours, shapes and matter. My experience with painting is that it unfolds, like life itself, step by step, brushstroke by brushstroke, to eventually unveil both the oeuvre and the artist. From my perspective, "each step you take builds the pathway ": life takes shape as you live it, paintings come alive as you paint them... What gradually emerges is and will continue to be a wonder and a mystery. But beyond this, it is also, in a certain way, a kind of spiritual experience: letting go, trusting, lingering on the shifting boundary be-tween surrender and will, allowing myself to be surprised by hitherto un-known, concealed emotions, waiting for the moment to become visible from the merging of colour, light and shadow. I have no preconceived intentions; I just open the floodgates. As with writing, painting is for me one way to get closer to some sort of truth, one which resonates or is reflected, ineffably, in each one of us. I resort mainly in my artwork -which is predominantly abstract- to acrylic paint, Indian ink and acrylic ink, that I use on canvases previously prepared with different materials in order to provide the paintings with a particular texture and depth.

Artworks