Of Forms & Colors
If all the diversities and classifications of art-on-canvas were in a ship as big as the Titanic, Dada and Surrealism would be the precursor of a cataclysmic mutiny pushing imagination, reality and dreams to the limits to create colorful and intriguing chaos. Such neo-bohemian methods in a Filipino setting can be vividly distinguishable through the aesthetic dimensions of Danny Sillada.
In one of numerous excerpts describing his art, he was christened as the ‘Filipino Renaissance Man’. Although one would argue that majority of his paintings and art installations are not at equal proportions with the historical masterpieces of the Renaissance movement in Europe, the importance of his work cannot be underplayed. It is safer and more fitting to categorize his art as surreal; pure, unadulterated surrealism. For the Filipino art community, it is an abundance of strange visual treasures.
Danny Sillada has established himself as a neo-ethnic artist, his masterpieces overflowing with vibrant incoherence, transcending movements spawned from legacies of surrealists. Not many of our contemporary artists can recreate a poetic replica of a disjointed reality captured on canvas as Sillada can, and that too with such wild abandon. Distinct geometrical patterns with ordinary objects, a signature characteristic of time fluidity injected with hallucinatory flows, the blood of his emotions fleeting in seamless strokes where a person can get lost forever in random speculation on what was meant to be conveyed. Minds are left bewildered and slightly disturbed yet visually gratified – these are some trademarks of Sillada’s work of art.
~ Shar Matingka, journalist & art writer
Matingka, Shar. “The Surrealistic Reality of Danny Sillada”. Illustrado (Dubai) November 2008: 52-54.