Silvio Porzionato was born in Moncalieri, Torino, Italy in 1971. He is a figurative painter who prefers oil paint on large canvases.
Silvio photographs friends as well as people he meets in the street to use as his subjects. Although depicted in static close-up, these are not ordinary portraits. They have the power to make us forget the typical private dimension of the portrait, and become icons of the human race.
After Silvio graduated from art school, he went on to be head designer for a decade in a prominent Italian company. Towards the end of his design career, he decided to start a new life in the silence of the countryside, close to nature and art. His artwork was noticed right away and Silvio received many national awards, including the Mondadori Art prize and the Critics Prize at Saluzzo Art in 2010. He also painted a permanent work for the Museum of Urban Art in Turin. In 2011, he was selected for the 54th Venice Arts Festival. In 2013 he realized three installations named “Temporal Code”, composed of 112 paintings for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sicily, creating a gallery of mirrors that reflected the different ages of man from childhood to old age. His last solo and group exhibitions were held in Hong Kong, Miami, Chicago, London, Paris, Bogotà, Seoul and Istanbul.