Silvia Papas was born in Conegliano (Treviso) in 1969. After completing her studies at the Liceo Artistico (Art School) of Padua, her city of adoption, during the late eighties the artist approached her first professional experiences: in the fields of stage sets, posters and fashion, the latter with the creation of several collections for men and women. The visual inspiration provided by these sectors, and that evocated by the artist’s frequent trips to the United States, gave rise, together with her specific interest in Pop Art, to the aesthetic line underlying her pictorial research, to which Silvia Papas has devoted herself exclusively since 1993. From her early works, her canvases, ever attractively and showily colourful, have portrayed seductive female figures, witnesses of a modernity in which they play a leading role. Following a phase in which the human element was set aside in favour of nature, the artist veered from sharp acrylic backgrounds to more severe tones, foreshadowing a development towards more complex, "hazy" subjects. Spectrums of greys, and a tendency towards monochromy, now underlie the perpetual seductive action of the artist’s subjects, revealing a sense of restlessness, of obsessiveness. Their glittering existence gives way to an unexpected solitude and dependence. Silvia Papas’s women symbolise the dazzling avant-gardism of a society destabilized by its wellbeing. The symbols of consumerism, and the ideological contrasts arising out of alienation, leave visible traces among the sidewalks and walls of contemporary cities, which act as the background to figures that, however, retain their power to fascinate.
While, with rare exceptions, the male element does not feature in the painter’s visual world, the “asexual” dimension of childhood has found its way into her work, assuming a symbolic, and sometimes surreal nature: on several occasions, she has depicted young single mothers, and their inexperienced and somewhat unsuitable care for their little ones. Between 2002 and 2004, together with Ekatherina Savtchenko, Marika Lang and Kana Otofuji, Silvia Papas gave life to the "4 Women Group", an all-female artistic group stylistically marked by multicultural exchange, which has held a series of exhibitions in Italy and abroad. In Silvia Papas’ most recent visions, the frenzy of contemporary life in big cities, their streets taken by storm by glittering cars, dashing motorbikes and bustling crowds, fully assimilates the human element, giving rise to representations which, though marked by the artist’s particular formal methods, gain greater extensiveness and spatial depth, while also exalting the rhythmical beat of her palette. The painter’s work, through the uninterrupted attention of major sector players, is the subject of growing interest from the public and from international critics.