In conversation with Brunno Silva

Brunno Silva, an independent art curator and art consultant with an economic background.

Brunno Silva, independent art curator and art consultant

How it all started

A few weeks ago, I stumbled upon Brunno’s interview on art authentication process for Codex, a blockchain based protocol, where he explains what he looks for to assess the authenticity of a piece of art. I had no choice but to be utterly be charmed by the way Brunno described the difficulty to deal with certificates of authenticity and documentations to assess an artwork provenance. I, then, had a quick look at his fascinating Linkedin profile and discovered a quite interesting mix of art and finance. Last but not least, I ended up on his personal website and found a long series of very meaningful arty projects he is involved in. Long story short, I knew had to meet up with Brunno and interview him!

The backstory: Finance & art

Brunno is originally from São Paulo. There, he studied economics at the Fundação Escola de Comércio Alvares Penteado and started working for Deloitte. However, Brunno’s love for art can be traced back to his childhood.

“I think it’s a bit cliché but I have a pretty clear memory when I was 6 or 7 years old. I was at school looking at the pictures of a book of Caravaggio’s work and when the teacher told us that the real paintings where life size. I felt the urge to one day visit the museums in Italy to see those in real life.” — Brunno Silva

Brunno did move to Europe in 2012 and initiated his transition from the finance world to the art world with the Sotheby’s Institute in London. Today, he is an independent art curator and art consultant who lives in between London and Berlin and uses his interesting background to think out of the box and propose very personalised solutions for his clients. He’s particularly fond of photography, video art, installation and sculpture.

What is Brunno up to at the moment?

So. many. exciting. projects. Just to name a few:

Brunno Silva is an advisor at the Zagara Foundation in Italy where he is working on developing their residency program for emerging artists that will be launched later this year.

He also is a consultant for Vendarte, a business that assists collectors during the consignment process in an auction house.

Additionally, his series Unimagined Surroundings launchs this month at Trace Projects Berlin, the series is divided in four solo exhibitions tidied conceptually through explorations of the intersection of art and architecture. The show will then travel to Galatina, Southern Italy with an additional programme of talks in resonance to this year’s Architecture Biennial.


Directly from the Horse’s mouth

Last, but not least I asked Brunno to share with me his best spots to discover and enjoy art both in London and in Berlin.

“It is fascinating how the König Gallery to me is very “Berlin” and Blain Southern is very “London”, but both present incredible programmes across venues. It is inspiring the effort to find balance between national and international.” — Brunno Silva

His favourites in Berlin include:

  • Hamburger Bahnhof
  • Kindl — Centre for Contemporary Art
  • Wentrup
  • Peres Projects

His favourite in London include:

  • Camden Arts Centre
  • Lisson Gallery
  • Frith Street Gallery

He also mentioned a few good addresses that are in both cities:

  • König Gallery
  • Blain Southern
  • Sprüth Magers

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