As a young impoverished boy in Mindanao, Bueno Silva used to draw on any piece of paper he could find, but, in the absence of better art materials, it was a wonder how he managed to make his drawings as dramatic as he did, a fact which only emphasized his innate artistic talent. In high school, he drew pictures of his classmates and friends for a puny price allowing him to buy more and better art supplies.
With his unquestionable love for art, Bueno expressed his desire to study art in college. This desire did not enthuse his father, who wanted him to take up Bachelors Degree in Commerce, the degree he eventually earned from the University of the East.
His passion for art, however, remained in his heart, that sometime in the 1960s, he painted the portrait of the Venerable Mother Ignacia del Espiritu Santo, foundress of the RVM Religious of the Virgin Mary of the Philippines. He painted the portrait by referring to an old sketch of Her Venerable during her time in the 1600, by an unknown artist. The portrait, together with his paintings of the other past mother generals, is now in the archives of the RVM in Quezon City.
Unstoppable and armed with his unleashed talent, young Bueno Silva, barely 39 at the time, found his way in the United States where he had his first Art Exhibition in October 1979, thence began the prolific and successful career of the exceptionally talented Filipino artist. Among his famous masterpieces are his commissioned works on the late Pope John Paul II and the portrait of Pope Paul VI which was made into leaflets and calendars for distributions throughout the world; the late former US President Ronald Reagan, the late former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos, the late Gen. Paulino Torres Santos and his portrait of Our Lady of Beaterio, which was commissioned by the RVM Religious of the Virgin Mary of the Philippines and was made into a Philippine postage stamps in 1985 and was published in the Catholic Digest.
|(Left to Right) Fabie, Bueno, Patria, Patrick, Brenda, Roseanne|
Fabian and Julissa
Cheers to BUENO SILVA! Cheers to a great Filipino-American artist!