The Clubhouse at GlenArbor Golf Club
The Artistry of Fernando Silva Mirrors his Approach to Wine Tasting
A Journey Through the Senses
Golf Kitchen’s wine columnist Fernando Silva is a man of many talents. He took a circuitous route from his Argentinian roots via Europe, Florida, and eventually to New York, to become the sommelier and wine director at GlenArbor Golf Club, one of the most prestigious clubs in the metropolitan area.
How does a man of international experience, who works long hours and is “on stage” continuously decompress after a day at the club? By expressing his emotions and feelings in layers and layers across large canvases. Yes, Fernando Silva is an artist—a very talented and dedicated painter. He calls it his “hobby” but from all appearances, it’s his passion.
Venus of Grand Central
As is evident in the photos on this page Fernando’s use of color, broad strokes, and acrylic layers—sometimes 10 to 20 at a time—transforms blank canvases into stunning paintings. His best work often comes at night, as the energy and stress of the day subside and from his heart, the vision evolves. Often, he paints for five or six hours straight, lets the work rest, and days later returns to add finishing touches.
His hallmark—a poker or tarot card added to the piece—is sealed with a coat of lacquer as the finishing touch. Fernando’s work has hung in galleries from coast to coast, in offices of U.S. presidents, and been showcased at Art Basel in Miami.
“When I am present, I realize that a moment doesn’t last forever. I connect with the painting in a different realm, I try to capture these ethereal moments on the canvas, so that they will become perpetual experiences for everyone.”
For an additional look at the art of Fernando Silva, access his Instagram page @bacchusbysilva.
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