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Nini Andrade Silva

Nini Andrade Silva was born in Funchal and graduated in Design from the Institute of Visual Arts, Design and Marketing (IADE), in Lisbon, having pursued further academic and professional experience abroad, in New York, London, Paris, South Africa and Denmark. Through her work, recognised nationally and internationally, Nini Andrade Silva has spread the name of Portugal around the world. As a multi-faceted creator, her work is showcased in important collections and contemporary art museums worlwide. On 10 June 2011, Nini Andrade Silva was distinguished by the Portuguese Government with the Honorary Title of Grand Officer of the Infante D. Henrique Order. More recently, the artist opened the doors of her Design Centre, located in Funchal. Her private collection is at the heart of the creation of this centre, a project built around a museographical discourse which will permit a better understanding of the history and culture of the Island of Madeira, and its strong connection to the sea.

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Banana Prata Madeira

The universe of an artist is always characterised by aesthetic and territorial references. This applies to Nini Andrade Silva, who in Banana Prata Madeira, a masterpiece created exclusively for Bordallo Pinheiro, forming part of the official commemorations of the 600th anniversary of the Discovery of Madeira, draws inspiration from the vast geographic territory where she was born. In this piece, Nini merges her stroke with Bordallian naturalist aesthetics through the delicate and original reinterpretation of the sensorial inheritance of Raphael Bordallo Pinheiro. The white that envelops Banana Prata Madeira, dramatically finished with a black stripe, contrasts with and also alludes to the universe of living colours of Bordallo Pinheiro, used, simultaneously, to enhance the expressiveness and exuberance of the shapes. A perfectly balanced exuberance, which skilfully alludes to a characteristic element in the works of the author: the pebbles of the beaches of the Island of Madeira. Banana Prata Madeira, florid figure that also symbolises the region as a source of culture, history and knowledge, is the second piece of the WorldWide Bordallianos project, after Figo of Paula Rego, comprising a limited edition of 125 numbered copies.