Mario Ferreira da Silva 

   INTRODUCTION

Mario Ferreira da Silva was born and lives in Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal. He Got a degree as a technical ceramist in Portugal. Then, as a scholar of the Gulbenkian Foundation, he went to Italy, where he attended the Institute of Ceramic Art Gaetano Bellardini, in Faenza, and a course of Sculpture, in Perugia. In study trips, he travelled across Switzerland, Germany, England, France, Italy, Holland and Spain. In 1971, by invitation of the Portuguese government makes and supervises the placement of 80 panels of ceramic for the John Fitzgerald Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, in Washington DC, USA. He is titular member of the International Academy of Ceramics-advisory organ of WNESCO, in Geneva.

He is included in New Directions in Ceramics, published in England (by initiative of the International Center of Ceramics of Rome), in L’art De La Céramique Aujourd’hui Dans Le Monde, of the Rumanian editions Meridiane (by initiative of the Union of the Plastic Arts of the Socialist Republic of Romania), in Maestri Della Ceramica Modema, editions of 1984 and 1985, and in The Ceramic In Vila Nova De Gaia, Portugal 1999.

From 1978 to 1980, he taught Ceramics in the Art School, Soares dos Reis, in Porto. Since 1994 he has been teaching in the University School of Art in Coimbra——EUAC——and he is responsible for the degree of ceramics.

His works can be seen in several national and foreign museums, namely in the Art Collection of the Portuguese Ministry of Culture, Amadeo de Souza Cardoso Museum-Amarante; Diogo de Macedo Gallery and Municipal Library of Vila Nova de Gaia; International Museum of Ceramics in Faenza-Italy; Everson Museum of Art, New; York, USA, as well as in numerous private4collections in Europe, Africa, Asia and America. He has made several murals for public and private entities, namely, in 1998, the conception and execution of a 45 meters long Ceramic Mural, in relief, for the new railway station of Ermesinde, Porto (Portugal) and in 1999/2000 the conception and execution of a great Ceramic Mural (about 200 square meters) in relief, for the wall of the main altar of Bragan_a’s new Cathedral and in 2001/2002 a ceramic sculpture of great dimensions for the shrine of the same cathedral.

In 1998, he participated, as guest, in the 1st International Congress of Ceramists in Talavera de la Reina, Spain.

In 1989, he participated, with the Italian ceramists Nino Caruso and Pompeo Pianazola, in the seminar “Ceramics in the Architecture” in Cencal, Caldas da Rainha, Portugal.

In 1990, he promoted, coordinated and carried out the “1st International Ceramics Seminar    ——Gaia 90” under the theme “Earth / Fire-Gaia as a Ceramic Center”, Portugal. In 1998, he participated, as guest, in the 1st International Congress “Cottaterra-Arte Ceramica dalla tradizione all’innovazione”, in Perugia, Italy.

In 1998, he participated, as guest, in the 1st International Congress “Cottaterra·Arte Ceramica dalla tradizione all’innovazione”, in Perugia, Italy.

In 2001 / 2002, he participated with Nino Caruso, in the conception and execution of a monumental ceramic sculpture, in modular typology, allusive to the twenty centuries of history of the town of Coimbra, Portugal.

 

 

 

   

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