The intelligence and personal sensitivity Silvia Franco brings to
the art of printmaking, particularly etching and lino-cut, cannot
be overestimated. Originally trained as a sculptor, Ms. Franco
has brought her deft skills and deep feeling for the art of sculpture
directly into printmaking as if it were an adjunct necessary to
accommodate her formidable talent.
After a recent firt-time trip to Italy, Ms. Franco immersed herself
in etching which yielded a series of prints illuminationg her experience
of the great art and culture she came into contact with. These
pictures cosisted mainly of montages of images plucked from
old masterworks she encountered in the great Italian museums and
churches. Infused with her own Castilian artistic sensibility,
these etchings translate the great spirit of the renaissance into
the visual language of today.
If the nature of art is to express the artist's perception of the
world, Silvia Franco has found the perfect medium for her expression
in the art of printmaking. One can only imagine the great
editions she will create from the inspiring discoveries that are
yet to come.
The Art Students League of New York