Silvia Prada

Silvia Prada is an artist that goes straight to business. Her work as an illustrator is a monochromatic and geometrical celebration where the Queen of Pop (and her daughter) intertwine with other Pop Stars, ex-child stars, Hollywood demigods and the latest top model and dance group du jour while sharing paper space with manga creatures, the Looney Tunes, comic-strip type onomatopoeic screeches and hot thugs, or chulazos, as they are known in her native Spain. If Kandinsky, Mondrian, Miró and Warhol had a secret colorblind child, her name would be Silvia Prada.
For Prada, “… [my] work references come from Pop Culture. My pieces create snapshots of contemporary iconography including from the fashion and music worlds, the latest trends and cultural references from recent years.” She stepped into the illustration and art scene in the year 2000 with commissions for the late The Face magazine. Soon after, her work was buzzing.
Stepping into the scene as an artist that shunned the early digital boom and continued to work at her creative pace, adorning the pages of The Face with unexpected, figurative, handmade illustrations. From these first assignments grew an impressive roster of magazine clients such as Dazed & Confused, V Magazine USA, VMan, Tokion, Blackbook, Hercules and cult magazines such as Fanzine 137, Candy, and EY! Magateen. Prada has also worked with a select group of top-tier international brands such as Nike, Uniqlo, GAS/DESIGN/EXCHANGE/TOKYO, and Stolichnaya.
Silvia Prada’s personal taste and passion for high/low culture, as well as her work in the professional field in her oeuvre has led her to take part in exhibitions around the world from shows in Colette, Art Basel, Zona Maco, MoCA Shanghai, MUSAC and Deitch Projects presenting her work as large scale illustration and/or poster installations reminiscent of the golden ages of Bop and Tiger Beat, doodling your teen idols all over your Mead Notebooks or plastering those coveted adolescent posters all over your teenage dream bedroom. The accessibility to her visual code has members of fashion’s elite and even the Spanish Royal Family counting in as collectors. When asked to talk about her work, Prada simply answers, “Because I trace it.” If it works for a make-up company, it sure is working for Silvia Prada.

By: Miguel Figueroa 
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