Landscape, Still-life and Figurative Artist
Kavinda Silva is a Sri
Lankan artist who only got into his formal studies in visual art until his late
teens. The curiosity of a young artist to explore the work of the historical
artists around the world gave him a sense of taste, perhaps the most important
component of an artistic education. While he was finishing up the Bachelors of
Science from the Colombo University, Kavinda enrolled in the Vibhavi Academy of
Fine Arts, Sri Lanka, where he dedicated himself studying the fundamentals of
drawing and painting figure studies.
A versatile painter, Kavinda's
artistic output includes landscapes and still-lifes, however, he feels specially
compelled to paint the most classical artistic subjects, the human figure.
Actually, his vision is the opposite of what a camera does. When a photograph
tends to flatten an image reducing all relationships of color to a stiff
mechanical pattern, his skill lies in his ability to probe in and around his
He sees nuances of value and hue that the most people can never see. He is able to translate his highly nuanced vision into a painted image. Seeing one of his paintings involves entering into the pictorial world he has created. He is also influenced by the artists of nineteenth century naturalist movement, and like those painters, Kavinda Silva prefers to work in a limited palette to create his unique sense of mood.
Paintings by Kavinda Silva