Monica Silva was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil. She has lived in Europe since 1986. She settled for a time in London before moving permanently to Italy and currently lives in Milan. For 8 years, she worked for several major film production companies as First Assistant Director alongside such renowned international names as Robert Richardson, Federico Brugia, Daniele Lucchetti, Zack Snyder, Renzo Martinelli. In 2001, she made her debut in the world of professional photography with a series of shoots for labels such as Sony Music, EMI, BMG and Edel, portraying various artists from the Italian music scene such as Sergio Cammariere, Dolcenera, Luca Dirisio, Noemi, Matteo Becucci, Samuele Bersani, Mario Venuti. In parallel, she worked on editorial shoots with major Italian magazines: Max, Dove Viaggi, Flair, Vanity Fair, Io Donna, Style, Magazine, Myself, Sette, Panorama Travel, I Viaggi del Sole, Corriere della Sera. In 2008, she became a Nikon Pro Photographer, carrying out photography projects with Nikon Italy and tourism associations from around the world. In 2009 UNESCO Ambassador Edith Tamagnini assigned her the development of the photographic campaign of the book “Libertà perpetua- San Marino patrimonio dell'umanità”, published by Minerva Edizioni and sponsored by Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di San Marino. In 2010, in partnership with Nital, she taught photography workshops at the Nikon School and in 2011, she began a partnership with two more of the most important brand names in professional photography: Hasselblad and Manfrotto School of Xcellence, with a series of lectures and workshops on the psychology of portraiture. Hasselblad chose to involve her, together with other photographers, in their collaboration with FIMA for the "Obiettivo antiquari" photography exhibition, conceived to raise funds for the charity Cure2Children, portraying antique dealers through modern style artistic eyes. The exhibition opened in January 2012 at the prestigious palazzo Castiglioni in Milan. Monica Silva recently returned to her native Brazil on assignment for Max in Salvador de Bahia. She took the opportunity to create a reportage about Sao Paolo, one of South America's most vibrant and lively cities. Upon her return she immediately set off again for Asia for the Hasselblad Open Studio event in Tokyo, a full day of workshops dedicated to the psychology of portraiture for the My hidden Ego. Whilst in Asia, she was called on assignment by a renowned architectural firm in Hong Kong. These trips generated exciting reportages about Tokyo, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Shenzhen. At the end of July, a new collaboration with Max lead her to discover Greece and Turkey on a wonderful cruise with a behind the scenes reportage aboard the Royal Caribbean. Then came the artistic turning point. Having had so many professional experiences, Monica Silva felt the need to express herself more creatively and take a certain distance from her business duties. In 2008, she started out in the world of art photography, with complex photography projects such as "Life Above All" (a very personal interpretation of the poetry collection "The Spoon River Anthology" by E. Lee Masters) exhibited at the Mazzoleni Art Gallery in Milan and the Galleria Stefano Forni in Bologna, where the exhibition was called "Suggestions from Spoon River". The exhibition organized by the Galleria Stefano Forni at Pomposa Abbey in Codigoro, was presented as "The Women of Spoon River". The next project was "On My Skin", a nude photography project presented during the Arte Fiera 2010 event in Bologna in partnership with Galleria Stefano Forni and Open Project. In April 2011, she began shooting "My hidden Ego", a photography and psychology research project on the hidden aspects of the human soul. Sets and simple lighting for contemporary photos highlighted what one does not wish to reveal about the ego. The interactive design performances were handled by designer Gianluca Macaluso. The exhibition was open to the public for two months at the Palazzo Pichi Sforza in Sansepolcro (AR) with the support of Mercurio Promozioni and Kemon. In November 2011 Monica Silva was awarded by Paolo Baratta, President of the Art Bienniale, Bice Curiger, curator of the 54th "Illuminations" Art Exhibition and artist Shirana Shahbazi for her portrait of the art critic Gillo Dorfles "Dorfles infinito e lo sguardo a Ghirri", receiving the Best photograph of the 54th International Art Exhibition Award.
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