Silvestre Pestana

1949 · Portugal

Artist biography

Silvestre Pestana is an established contemporary visual artist, who originates from Portugal, like other well-known artists such as Luís Nobre, Tamara Alve, Ana Linhares, Cristina Mateus, and JOANA DA CONCEIÇÃO . Silvestre Pestana was born in 1949.


Silvestre Pestana most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Galeria Nuno Centeno in Porto (26 February 2020 until 01 March 2020) with the exhibition ARCO Madrid. Silvestre Pestana's only other recorded exhibition on Artland is Neurons/Neurónios, 2017, which took place at Galeria Nuno Centeno in Porto, Portugal (03 May 2019 - 13 June 2019).

Further Biographical Context for Silvestre Pestana

Born in 1949, Silvestre Pestana was primarily inspired by the 1960s. In the art world, a multitude of powerful changes were also taking place. Pop Art, adopting the culture of mass media through the works of Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Tom Wesselmann, was gradually breaking down the bases on which the production and reception of art were built. Drawing from the imagery of popular culture and mass consumerism, the Pop Artists rejected the authority of highbrow art and created a cutting-edge movement, while Minimalism, simultaneously appearing, was rejecting any form of emotional manifestation and focused on art’s theoretical aspect – aspiring to pure visual responses. Honesty and an void of emotions were key concepts in the highly influential movement of Minimalism, represented by artists such as Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Agnes Martin. Uninterested in the gestural elements of Abstract Expressionism, Minimalist artists focused on producing artworks mainly composed of polished, pure lines and geometrical elements. The very first flourishing of Conceptualism was highly influenced by the purity of Minimalism but went further in denying all pre-defined conceptions inherent to art, similarly to what Pop Artists were trying to attain, by elevating popular culture to the status of high art. Several schools of philosophy deeply influenced creatives, Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti were artists heavily persuaded by the ideologies of Existentialism, who achieved worldwide success through their depiction of the human form and the anguish often linked to the human condition. Internationally, a significant number of art movements resonated with the radical changes of the 1960s, often prone to their own regional distinctions. In Italy, Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni created Spatialism, while in Germany, the Zero group adopted similar ideas under the leadership of Günther Uecker.

Silvestre Pestana

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