Miriam Da Silva was born in Sao Paulo on March 8, 1964.


Upon finishing her secondary education from the Therezinha Sartori school she decided to enroll into the Faculty of Fine Arts of São Paulo. Having successful passed the entrance exam she began studying there in 1983 and received a "License in Visual Arts" in 1986. For two years, from 1987 to 1988, after passing a public competition, she taught art education in two public schools in the town of Maua, in the State of São Paulo.


During this period she also studied classical piano with pianist Helena Scheffel and later with pianist Harley Andry Bleck Gonzalez. At the same time she studied music at the Arts Foundation of São Caetano do Sul and sang in a choir in Santo André city, São Paulo. The choir performed works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Beethoven and Villa-Lobos.


In 1989, after meeting the artist and architect Davis Leichsenring at Masp Art Museum of São Paulo, she decided to travel to Europe, eager for new discoveries. Arriving in Geneva she discovered an intense cultural life and an interesting mixture of more than one hundred different cultures. She studied for five years and graduated in French language and literature from the Alliance-Francaise. Later, she studied graphic design and english at the IFAGE - Institute of Adult Education of Geneva. During this period she continued to draw and paint.


At this time she decides to see more of Europe and discovered cities such as Paris, London, Amsterdam, Vienna, Munich, Madrid, Barcelona, ​​Florence, Siena, etc.

In 1993 she decided to go to Rome for some time. There, she discovered the works of many artists and in particular Carlo Roselli. With Roselli she learned ancient techniques of oil painting and the "tempera" method from the renaisance. From this, her roman period, sprung a series of 10 paintings inspired by the columns at the "Foro Romano".


In 1994 she continued her travels to London where she studied and practiced her English.
Aso in 1994, she also decided to enroll at the University of Aix-en-Provence to study art history.  Although she passed the entrance exam, she later decided to further her studies in plastic arts through dedicated work as an artist.

Back in Geneva she started to create a series of paintings inspired by her roman period and found her way of painting had changed following the techniques she had learned in Rome, giving her paintings a much deeper tone with shade and light interacting intensly. The musical theme in her work and its synergy with the paint came back with force this time renewed by this new and original way of working colors.


During this period she produced many works and began to exhibit her works. Her first exhibition was held at La Maison Visinand and Auditorium Stravinski of Montreux in Switzerland. During this exhibition performances were held by local Brazilian artists including a theater group and a musical concert of popular Brazilian music by Brazilian musicians in the region. Another exhibition in Lausanne followed, this time with the participation of dancers and performers. Miriam Da Silva has always favored the participation of other artists at her exhibitions.


In 1995 Miriam Da Silva enrolled at the Ecole Supérieure de Genève, the current HES - Higher School of Art and Design to earn a masters in plastic arts. She won the entry competition and then prepared her "third cycle of improvement." At ESAV she studied printmaking, sculpture, metal, mixed media and contemporary art history. This period was enriching for Miriam Da Silva and she produced many paintings, prints and metal sculptures before she graduated in 1998. From that moment on the driving force for her works would definitely be music and its strong synergy with the plastic arts.

In 1997 she met and married Manfred Knobel a Swiss of German origins. Two children, Saskia and Alexander Maximilian, were born of this union. She also obtained Swiss citizenship.


In 1998 she received the award for contemporary art from the National Institute of Geneva.


A great music lover of music, Miriam Da Silva appreciates composers such as Villa-Lobos, Pixinguinha, Tom Jobim, Egberto Gismonti, Hermeto Paschoal, the group UAKTI, Tom Zé, Edu Lobo, and more recently André Mehmari, Andres Beeuwsaert Alexander Andres, Diego Schissi , to name a few. She also enjoys universal composers ranging from classical to jazz such as Johann Sebastian Bach, Sergei Rachmaninov, Frédéric Chopin, Franz Liszt, Gustav Mahler, Béla Bartok and contemporaries such as Steve Reich, Philip Glass, Pat Metheny, Arvo Pärt, Richard Galliano;  Jazz masters such as Miles Davis, Chic Corea, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holliday and in particular the Portuguese jazz singer Maria João and jazz pianist Mario Laginha.


The emotion that the music of these composers and many others generates in her while she is working on a painting, drawing, engraving or sculpture is of an intensity that influences the final outcome of the work. Miriam Da Silva "sees colors" while listening to this kind of music which inspires in her the creation of "future paintings". The music pushes into her creativity instantly generating the synergy that she seeks in this musico – pictoral dialogue.


In 2001, while working at the Museum of Art and History in Geneva she was inspired by several classic works and created a series of 150 drawings (pencil on paper). From these drawings she produced a series of paintings called "Reminiscences".


In 2005, with the desire to broaden her horizons and find new ideas for her artistic works, she decided to enroll at the University Paris I Sorbonne to prepare another masters in fine arts. This time more focused on researching new techniques and inspirations and finding new ideas for her art, while continuing the thread of the synergy between music and the visual arts. She accomplished her research with the goal of providing herself with a tool to deepen her creative thinking. The title of her research, master's thesis and practical work is "Rhythm and continuous movement".


In her research Miriam Da Silva aims to compare her work with selected periods in art history going from the Italian Renaissance to contemporary art. For example, she analyses the works of several artists who have inspired her throughout her career including Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, Ingres, Paul Klee, Amselm Kiefer, Gerhard Richter, Sol Lewit and Jesus Rafael Soto among many others. To complete her Master's research Miriam needed to produce a written theses or memoir and a practical piece demonstrating her reflection process and the evolution in her artistic practice. She achieved this by keeping a link to her central idea but by using new materials, including wood, glass, synthetic paint, etc., and playing on the reflections created in some of her pieces and doing an analysis on them.  The theme of her research is rhythm and how it is reflected in her vision and its interpretation. Miriam Da Silva earned her  “Masters in research in plastic arts” in 2008.


Alongside her work as an artist, Miriam Da Silva taught in both private and public schools of the State of Geneva. In 2009, with working in education as a possible second career in mind, Miriam enrolled at the University of Geneva to solidify her teaching credentials. She will obtain her Masters degree in "Teaching Visual Arts" in 2013 allowing her to teach at colleges in Switzerland throughout  Europe.


Apart from her work as an artistic, Miriam Da Silva has traveled extensively in recent years visiting Europe, Brazil, the USA and India.


Miriam's work and artistic reflection have gained a new opening in recent years and several works have been created under this new banner. From this period Miriam has produced two series of paintings with different themes. Miriam Da Silva has held several exhibitions in Switzerland and Europe. She continues to develop her work and seek new inspirations, while always keeping the same central theme; the synergy between two types of tones, the chromatic and the musical.





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