Advice from an artist friend at Bali in Indonesia saw her picking up the brush for the first time just a few months ago. What began as a small tryst with a new world of colours for 66-year-old Maxine A. Silva has now become a medium for expression.
Ms. Silva, whose work with non-governmental organisations and the United Nations took her to many countries, is now in Bangalore exhibiting her works, on the theme ‘Expressions of love’, at Renaissance Gallerie on Cunningham Road. “I always wanted to come to India. As a child, I would dream of flying on carpets and getting transported to India,” she told The Hindu .
Ms. Silva, who has been associated with the UN on various projects, mostly related to health, had a brief stint as secretary to former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, a post that she left to settle down in Canada.
However, she moved to Bali three years ago where she currently resides. According to her, she realised her artistic potential when she joined a painting class under a Japanese artist. “After a few days of training, I started on my own. The more I painted, the more I picked up (skills). There was not much of formal training.”
In her first exhibition currently under way at Renaissance, she has displayed six of her artworks . The exhibition, which includes works by artists Elbin Paul S., Shridhar Upadhye and Sudipta Kundu, is on till Thursday.