Sylvia left her native Montevideo in 1963, and went to live for 10
years in Jerusalem. There, she became the Head Nurse of a
"cuckoo’s nest" Psychiatric facility and a teacher in psychiatric
nursing. All this while pursuing her artistic interests, painting
and taking classes at the Betzalel Art Institute, which kept her
creative flame alive.
After settling in Los Angeles in 1974, Sylvia decided to pursue
the Dream, taking informal classes at UCLA and participating
in several workshops, as well as training as a potter at SMC.
The anatomy classes at the School of Nursing were helpful to
understand the human expression, while her psychiatric
training deepened her insight of human nature. Being of
South American origin, she was greatly influenced by the
native cultures and the Latin-American masters. On the
other side her european roots also had a strong impact
on her philosophy.
Sylvia's subject matter evolves around the figure and human
passion, striving to capture in her art the sublime and pathetic
aspects of life. She works in a variety of media, the common
denominator being the issues that touch her soul. Making style
statements has never been her main goal.
A good deal of the creative process comes out of the childhood
recollections, and it implies an instinctive rather than analytical
approach to image making, the main force being the joy of
creating, while accepting all art history as available material.
Sylvia loves working with stone because it implies an intimate
relationship with Nature. If she can foresee the stone’s
responses, its caprices, its treachery, she feels happy.
In the assemblage sculptures, she has found a medium which
is more compatible with the humor and lightness of heart she
wants to convey, as well as another dimension missing from
her other work: color.
For her, creating art has been a rich, emotional experience,
and the challenge is never ending. Having joined the Ojai
community in the last two years, she is thrilled to be pursuing
her artistic endeavors here.