In conversation with Osssilver…

Osssilver is a contemporary artist that I came to learn about earlier this year when we ”coincidentally” discovered each other’s Instagram accounts and she so happened to be painting a portrait inspired by a beauty shoot I did in 2016 for True Love Magazine. The truth is I don’t believe in coincidences and in the brief conversations I have had with Osss, I have come to realize that she has an undeniable and a very authentic energy. I am convinced that she embodies the spirit of the kind of women that inspire me to write, and here we are two women, worlds apart, inspired by one another…

” Women are our most miraculous muse, an enchanted intangibility that encourages all art. ” – Unknown

iSlenderSaMaCatalogue: Who is Osssilver?

Osssilver: My name is Sylvia Ovejero Osorio, some people call me Silver and somehow  Osssilver became my dj/art nickname. I was born in Hermosillo, a city in the center of the Sonora, Mexico but I’ve also lived in other cities such as Culiacan, Mexico City, Monterrey and Durango.
I think the constant change has built some character in me and made me more resilient to life in general. In my professional career I work towards achieving sustainable development which is a must around the world and I firmly believe that there are many things that could be done in Mexico to improve the way we create and deliver value.

iSlenderSaMaCatalogue: What inspired you to pick up a paint brush for the first time? 

Osssilver: I was quite young when I realized that there was a creative spark in me, there is also a big influence from my mother who always encouraged me to express myself creativity and ever since I can remember she has exposed me to the art world.

iSlenderSaMaCatalogue: What was the first thing that you painted?

Osssilver: Oh god! It was awful! Haha, My first experience with oil painting was a still of fruit that I made at a class probably over 10 years ago, I’ve seen my progress over the years and that makes me wanna keep going and see how far this could go. I dream of making murals in rural communities.

iSlenderSaMaCatalogue: Please talk me through your creative process?
(what is your process from the moment you select your muse to when you complete your art piece)

Osssilver: Lately, I’ve been obsessed with water and hyperrealism, before that I was quite taken with Art Deco pieces but the constant has always been women ‘sfaces .. like really empowered women you know? .. so for this last piece I was looking for those characteristics in a picture and I felt that your picture transmitted that feeling. From there, begins the process of translating it to the canvas, I divide the space into squares and start drawing (the current piece has been the hardest so far) and then I start applying the oil paint which takes about 6 layers for me to be satisfied with the result.

Osssilver’s latest art piece that she’s currently in the process of completing

iSlenderSaMaCatalogue: When you finally pick up the brush, what type of mood do you like to create in your studio? and how do you create/cultivate that mood? 

Osssilver: You put it very well when you said “when you finally pick up the brush” haha .. yes it is a whole mood… first I prepare something to drink (depending on the hour of the day that could be tea, coffee, wine), then I start my favorite playlist at the moment (usually something I can sing along to), then I stare at the canvas for a long time and decide what’s next.

iSlenderSaMaCatalogue: When do you know that an art piece is finished?

Osssilver: I’m a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to my paintings, so many people think I’m done but I still see many flaws, I think the last 20% of the process is the longest since I’m always trying to make it look perfect. I don’t enjoy being pressured I’m just done when I’m done.

iSlenderSaMaCatalogue: Modern artists can draw inspiration from anyone and anything around the globe, do you think this is a good or bad thing?

Osssilver: I think it’s a great thing, I mean if you can pick up inspiration from a muddy rock in the ground or from a complex concept and then being able to create and project new forms or meanings from the artist perspective then that is a good thing, doesn’t matter if the piece is great or not.. the fact that someone can pick up a thought and express themselves through art is something I wish more people could do cause creating is a beautiful process.

iSlenderSaMaCatalogue: Who are your favorites artists? If possible please explain why?

Osssilver: Banksy: He’s just the greatest contemporary artist in my opinion, he makes bold statements in the simplest of forms and also creates consciousness on political and social matters. Eduardo Kobra @kobrastreetart: I love his street art pieces around the globe.
And I’ve been influenced by Richard Phillips and Tamara de Lempicka. My mentor, Franco Trozcá has also had a great influence on me

iSlenderSaMaCatalogue: There has always been a myth about the scattered, tortured genius artist, is this something you’ve found to be true?

Osssilver: Well… I’ve been struggling with Bipolar since I was 19 years old ( I’m almost 30 now), there’s a link between that particular illness and high spikes of creativity .. as my fellow Kanye West puts it.. I hate being bipolar, it’s awesome.  

iSlenderSaMaCatalogue: The evolution of technology gives us all an opportunity to share our work on a larger scale, your art can be consumed in real time by people all over the world, what does that mean to you? And how do you think it will impact the trajectory of your career?

Osssilver: I think technology has the ability to improve everyone’s life, help us learn and connect in ways that weren’t possible before. I wonder what the great artist from the past would have been able to achieve with our current means. I could only hope for our generation to seize technological advancements to make this a better world and for new artists to find inspiration and new opportunities to advance their goals.

iSlenderSaMaCatalogue: Words that you live by? 

Osssilver: “True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is sufficient, for he that is so wants nothing.”

Follow Osssilver’s work on Instagram: @madebyosss

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