Interview with Rafael Silveira


Rafael Silveira is a fine artist with a strong background in the graphic arts. The majority of his works consists in oil and acrylic paintings that mixes a classical atmosphere with contemporary techniques and subjects, especially cartoon imagery. In the journey of expanding his artistic vocabulary, Silveira established a dialogue between his paintings and new mediums, such as wood sculpture, collage, among others. He currently lives and works in Curitiba, the south of Brazil.





Hi Rafael, today you selected for MoW 8 of your artworks inspired by music. Can you tell MoW how music inspired them ? What was the music behind the artworks ? What inspired you to create them ?

I believe that music can change the mood…and take the thoughts to a new interesting direction. There are so many music behind these artworks, it's hard to say. I like to listen instrumental music when I am working.  Bands like Flat Earth Society and Big Lazy are hits in my studio. But there are so many more. About the inspiration, I think music is a part of the creative process, it's like the soundtrack in a movie. 

Why is music important to you and your art? 

I work a lot with oil painting, it's a slow process. I work In 12 hour painting sessions, and music helps me in this hard work journey. 

If you had to choose between the artworks presented today, which of your artwork would be your favorite ? And why ?

I love all of this artworks. Maybe "Musicland" have some highlight in my career. It was a commission for a Brazilian mainstream pop rock band. They give me totally freedom to create this painting, and I became very happy with this result. 

Can you tell MoW more about the techniques you used. How old is your technique? How did it start? How long does it take you to make an artwork ?

I work with acrylics and oil. But more with oils. My first oil painting I did in 2004. I am self taught in painting, just started to try and by trial and error I started to build my technique. Today I take from one week to three months to complete an artwork.  

Watch Rafael's video about his creative process:

Do you have plans on creating new artworks inspired by music ?

It always happens. Actually, I am working in the painting for the cover of my band's upcoming album. 

Do you listen to music when you’re working ? If so, what kind of music ?

Love old time jazz, and avant garde jazz. Some alternative rock instrumental music, like The Budos Band, Man or Astroman...

What is the song you liked the most lately? The album ? What was the last gig you went to ?

I have the chance to went in a gig by Flat Earth Society in NY this year, and was amazing to see the guys playing alive. They are insane. "Clusterthing" are one of my favorite songs. 

 Are you a musician yourself ? If so can you tell MoW more about your music projects ?

I play trumpet and sometimes sing in my band called "Os Transtornados do Ritmo antigo" , maybe in english it could be called "Disturbed by Old Time Music". Here are some songs you can take a look: