Artur Silva (Lisbon, 1987) is currently known as BORDALO II, an artistic name he chose as a tribute to his grandfather, promoting a continuity and reinvention of his artistic legacy.
In his youth, he spent his time between the hours spent with his grandfather, the painter Real Bordalo, and his relentless passion for watercolours, and the adventures making illegal graffiti in the underworld of the city of Lisbon.
He says that the three years he attended the Faculty of Fine Arts of Lisbon enabled him to discover sculpture and to try a variety of materials that moved him away from painting, which had led him there. The public space would become the stage chosen for his explorations of colour and scale and the platform where he has gradually transformed his habits and channelled his experiences in the construction and development of his artistic work, currently focused on questioning the materialistic and greedy society of which he is (also) part.
Excessive production of “things” or overconsumption, resulting in the continuous production of “garbage” and, consequently, in the destruction of our Planet, are the central themes of his artistic production. Such “garbage” is assumed as the unexpected and unique raw material he uses in the construction of small or large-scale pieces that he has spread all over the world and which, above all, aim to be the vehicle of a universal manifesto.