Dominating the main gallery of the Nassau County’s African American Museum in Hempstead is “The Good the Bad and the Beautiful” exhibit, some of the most colorful Brazilian abstractions by Ernani Silva.
Best known for some of his series work like “Carnival” and “Women again the Wind,” Silva said his work has become “less primitive” while continuing to reflect Brazil’s vibrant traditions. Silva’s work is alive, moving on the canvas, blending African, Indian and European influences on Brazil’s culture.
Silva, born in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, began painting when he was 14 years old. He moved to the United States in 1989 and now lives in Massapequa.
Private collectors of Silva’s work include: Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Senator Edward Kennedy, actress Ruby Dee, House of Dereon designer Tina Knowles, actor Andy Garcia and jazz singer Cassandra Wilson.
Silva’s “The Good the Bad and the Beautiful” is on display at the African American Museum, 110 North Franklin St. in Hempstead, open Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free parking is available behind the museum. Visit www.theaamuseum.org or call 516-572-0730 for admission and details.
For more about the African American Museum’s exhibits, see County Museum Set To Honor African American History Month.