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Christian Silvain

Belgium Born in: 1950 Emergent Artist
Christian Silvain was born in 1950 in Eupen, Belgium. Following the neglect of his parents, Silvain spent his childhood with his two old aunts, who owned a toy store on the ground floor of their house. They encouraged him to draw and paint from the age of 3, in order for him to copy the many paintings that covered the walls of their house.

In 1964 and 1966 his aunts die and he moves to Brussels. Without money, a very difficult period begins, he struggles to survive. In 1967, he works in the theatre of Brussels as a handy man. He meets Maurice Béjart with whom he becomes friends, and Jacques Brel.

A self-taught painter, this is when he discovers the work of Paul Delvaux and decides he wants to be an artist. He begins to paint his first surrealist paintings, strongly influenced by the artist, which he considers a little as his spiritual father and with whom he has a long lasting friendship.

His first solo exhibition is at Bernard Van Berg in Brussels. From 1970 to 1974, he travels in France and then in Germany, he exhibits regularly in Belgium and abroad. He produces engravinsg and sculptures for a short period of time. In 1975, he meets Guy Pieters who will become his art dealer.

In the early 1980s he has his so-called period of "facades", at first very photo-realistic, but soon covered with graffiti and tags. The works of this period announce "Street Art", so fashionable today, before its time. In the late 1980s, the facades disappear little by little to leave the place to a poetic art inspired by drawings of autistic children that he visited often in specialized centres. They remind him of his own difficulties and lonely childhood, which he has not yet finished to process.

Numerous museums acquire his works. The Ludwig Museum in Germany devoted an exhibition to his series of works titled "Prisoners". Since 2002, Silvain produces works in black acrylic, with a scarlet red acrylic figure in the center, which represent sometimes a huge rabbit, an elephant, the head of a mother figure, or Mickey Mouse; the background of the work is full of disparate objects, broken toys, planes, knives... Often he writes short, sometimes shocking, disillusioned poetry phrases or words such as 'fear'.

Silvain infuses a touch of Pop Art in his latest works, the objects are familiar, but mainly he uses popular symbols that mark the unconscious childhood with the aim to desecrate it. Yet Christian Silvain does not belong to a group, school, or movement; he is a solitary artist. At first glance, his works appear happy, but they reveal themselves quickly to be riddled with signs, violent words and allusions.
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Christian Silvain, Rêver for ever, Painting

Christian Silvain

Rêver for ever, 2019
23.6 x 23.6 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$7,213

Christian Silvain, Faux Ciel, Print

Christian Silvain

Faux Ciel, 2019
35.4 x 27.6 x 0.8 inch
Print

$582

Christian Silvain, Ailleurs, Painting

Christian Silvain

Ailleurs, 2019
23.6 x 23.6 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$7,562

Christian Silvain, Kamer, Painting

Christian Silvain

Kamer, 2019
47.2 x 39.4 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$29,085

Christian Silvain, Amour, Painting

Christian Silvain

Amour, 2019
23.6 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$7,562

Christian Silvain, Le passage, Painting

Christian Silvain

Le passage, 2019
23.6 x 31.5 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$9,307

Christian Silvain, The Blind Bird, Print

Christian Silvain

The Blind Bird, 1998
28 x 39.4 inch
Print

$640

Christian Silvain, L’oiseau noir, Print

Christian Silvain

L’oiseau noir, 1998
28 x 39.4 inch
Print

$640

Christian Silvain, L’oiseau cage, Print

Christian Silvain

L’oiseau cage, 1998
39.4 x 28.7 inch
Print

$640

Christian Silvain, Vol de nuit, Print

Christian Silvain

Vol de nuit, 1998
39.4 x 28.7 inch
Print

$640

Christian Silvain, Grazia Marque, Painting

Christian Silvain

Grazia Marque, 1996
40.9 x 30.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$28,503

Christian Silvain, Comprendre, Painting

Christian Silvain

Comprendre, 2019
23.6 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$7,562

Christian Silvain, L'intrus, Painting

Christian Silvain

L'intrus, 2007
39.4 x 39.4 x 1.6 inch
Painting

15,000 - $25,000

Christian Silvain, 17 boys at the window, Painting

Christian Silvain

17 boys at the window, 2011
59.1 x 47.2 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$40,719

Christian Silvain, Souvenir, Painting

Christian Silvain

Souvenir, 2010
15.7 x 15.7 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$5,817

Christian Silvain, Mutti, Print

Christian Silvain

Mutti, 2019
24.8 x 31.9 x 0.4 inch
Print

$524

Christian Silvain, Plus loin que nulle part, Painting

Christian Silvain

Plus loin que nulle part, 2019
11.8 x 11.8 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$4,072

Christian Silvain, Deux indiens qui volent, Print

Christian Silvain

Deux indiens qui volent, 1998
17.7 x 13 inch
Print

$233

Christian Silvain, Perchoir #6, Print

Christian Silvain

Perchoir #6, 1998
17.7 x 13 inch
Print

$233

Christian Silvain, Le lac, Painting

Christian Silvain

Le lac, 2015
39.4 x 39.4 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$17,451

Christian Silvain, Mama, ik wacht al 66 jaren, Painting

Christian Silvain

Mama, ik wacht al 66 jaren, 2016
47.2 x 47.2 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$23,268

Our recommendations Christian Silvain, Deux indiens qui volent, Print

Christian Silvain

Deux indiens qui volent, 1998
17.7 x 13 x 0.2 inch
Print

$407

Christian Silvain, Exit, Painting

Christian Silvain

Exit, 2012
47.2 x 47.2 x 1.2 inch
Painting

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Christian Silvain, One day, Bouh !, Painting

Christian Silvain

One day, Bouh !, 2019
47.2 x 39.4 x 2 inch
Painting

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Christian Silvain, Oiseau échelle, Painting

Christian Silvain

Oiseau échelle, 1991
47.2 x 39.4 x 1.6 inch
Painting

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Our recommendations Christian Silvain, Votre argent, Painting

Christian Silvain

Votre argent, 2011
23.6 x 23.6 x 1.6 inch
Painting

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Christian Silvain, So leben, Painting

Christian Silvain

So leben, 2012
23.6 x 23.6 x 1.6 inch
Painting

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Christian Silvain, Rien, Painting

Christian Silvain

Rien, 2016
39.4 x 39.4 x 1.6 inch
Painting

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Christian Silvain, Sans titre, Print

Christian Silvain

Sans titre, 1985
29.9 x 21.3 inch
Print

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Christian Silvain, Sans titre, Print

Christian Silvain

Sans titre, 1985
22.4 x 29.9 inch
Print

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Christian Silvain, Sans titre, Print

Christian Silvain

Sans titre, 2000
39.4 x 28.7 x 0.2 inch
Print

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See you later

Galerie Martine Ehmer

See you later
From September, 28 To October, 10 2019

Breathe in, breathe out !

Galerie Martine Ehmer

Breathe in, breathe out !
From August, 25 To September, 18 2016

Silvain

Galerie Martine Ehmer

Silvain
From October, 16 To November, 7 2015

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