Art, // February 14, 2024



Randes Silva


Interview with artist/photographer Randes Silva —


1. Tell us a little about yourself.
Born in Fazenda Nova, a city of simple people located in the interior of the State of Goiás, in Brazil, Randes Silva. I became a teacher by vocation. In the mid-90s, I moved to Goiânia-GO, to finish my studies and get my degree in History from PUC/GO-Pontificia Universidade Catolica de Goiás. Over the years, I have worked as a history teacher. Seeking this for my training, I continue through the Pedagogy course and currently the Visual Arts course. I have always enjoyed working with people and enchanting them through art and volunteer work, which marked my entire educational history. My love for art education grew and I developed a passion for artistic landscape photography by laminating scenes from my imagination and the memories that I brought back from life in the countryside. In 2019, I bought a camera and started putting my passion into practice. In the same year, I soon had my first exhibition and shortly afterward I was accepted into AGAV – Associação Goiana de Artes Visuais. In 2021, I discovered the work of Casa Brasil Austria, which aims to bring art and artists to exhibit at the Festival Cultural do Brasil Vienna/Austria. From then on, I became a permanent part of this group of exhibitors. I currently have a large exhibition in the Quarteto Em Mostra Project at the Frei Confaloni Museum, in Goiânia-Goiás-BR One of the most important museums for Goiás culture.


2. Why art?
My artistic ancestry is marked by several women. My grandmother, for example, always made patchwork quilts, which were true works of art, my aunt, since she was little, was a cross stitch embroiderer and my mother is a true artist in the kitchen enchanting everyone with its culinary delights. I also can’t forget my first school teacher. Artistic Education Dona Sônia, is a charming person who led to true artistic journeys through the construction of imaginary art. She always encouraged me to draw and transform my simple life pains into art. Using simple everyday things led us to create true works of art.




3. What is your earliest memory of wanting to be an artist?
I don’t know for sure, I have a story from my mother since I was little. She played alone, creating imaginary worlds.




4. What are her favorite themes? What materials do you use in your works?
My main inspiration is nature, landscapes, and scenes from everyday life in addition to the diversity of people. I use a digital camera, cell phone, and Artificial Intelligence programs.

5. How do you work and approach the theme of your works?
I work with artistic photography, of scenes from my daily life. For example, I’m walking down the street and I see a scene, I stop the car and I’m a photographer, I don’t have much planning in my art, I capture what excites me.

6. Do any artists inspire you?
Ricardo Polesso, Sebastião Salgado, Lu Oliari.




7. What are the best answers you’ve had to your work?
I have had wonderful responses about my work. But what caught my attention the most was that “My art is euphoric and at the same time surreal” and people saying that I have a lot of talent and that I am a true-born artist.





8. What do you like most about your work?
What delights me most about my work is being able to enchant people with my art. Make them emotional and reflect on what I am proposing in each work.





9. Do you have any other activities besides being a visual artist?
In addition to being a visual artist, I am a history and art teacher in the public school system and a shift pedagogical coordinator.




10. What are your main holdings in exhibitions?
– Exhibition at the 11th Brazilian Cultural Festival in Austria, Vienna, 2023.
– Tribute in Honor of the Merit of Culture Makers in Goiás, proposed by State Deputy Mauro Rubens Goiânia, 2023.
– Virtual Exhibition at “Primavera em Arte” at Raphael Art Gallery, São Paulo-SP-Brazil, 2023
– Exhibition at the Frei Confalloni Museum, Quarteto em Mostra, Goiânia, Goiás-Brazil 2024. –
-Exhibition at Galeria, Florianópolis, Santa Catarina-Brazil, 2024.



11. What advice would you give to other artists or future artists?
“Never give up on your dreams, no matter how simple it may seem, and remain persistent in what you want to do, and don’t stop studying.”




12. Where do you see yourself in 5/10 years?
Doing what I love doing most, which is art because it transports me to a surreal world.





13. Plans for the future.
I don’t make plans, I let life take me because it is through lightness that my inspirations come.





Edmundo Cavalcanti