We can firmly state that Silvain is one of the most significant and most authentic artists of his generation. As if each single work of art is portraying a passage of his life. A great emotional tension, tucked behind a juvenile surface. Analysed closely, each painting depicts a fascinating but tragic confrontation with his past. Drama covered in an enchanting setting.
The unbearable lightness of our existence… His powerful passion to create seems insatiable. An exceptional technical artistry enabling him to reach his goal in every single artwork. The driving force of his oeuvre as residing in an irresistible desire for survival. To not disappear into nothing. “Rien”, “Nothing”, “8000 times nothing”, the obsession of having painted with no purpose, lifelong!
“Without my paintings, I feel so anxious”, a cry for survival. The scream of Munch, shattered into hundreds of mysterious paintings. Silvain, an extraordinary oeuvre that will defy the centuries.
– Jos Depypere
For a while, painter Christian Silvain had to watch as a Chinese artist, Ye Yongcinq, gained recognition using his artwork. But as of August 2023, things have turned around. The Chinese artist who copied his work is being punished with fines and is facing public criticism. Ye Yongcinq must pay a hefty fine and also apologize in one of China’s largest newspaper. This situation is an unprecedented turn of events, especially considering that even Bill Gates owns some of the artwork created by the Chinese artist. These copied artworks were even sold at well-known auctions such as Sotheby’s.