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Herman Sillas - Fine Artist

Herman Sillas

San Clemente, CA - United States

 
 
 

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Herman Sillas

San Clemente, CA - United States

Herman Sillas - Fine Artist

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About Herman Sillas

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Herman Sillas started painting at 12 in a small neighborhood art Saturday class in Southeast Los Angeles,. By 16 he received a scholarship at the Otis Art Institute of Los Angeles. Two years later he put his budding art career on hold to pursue law at UCLA.

Today, he is an artist (painter & muralist), writer, attorney, poet, and devout fisherman. His latest mural hangs in a Huntington Park community computer center dedicated to training Latino youth. He has received numerous commissions from nation-wide Latino organizations and his art hangs in offices of members of congress and United States senators.

As a young lawyer in the turbulent sixties, he represented L.A. Chicano activists in the courts. During this period his paintings expressed the anger and frustration of the young Mexican Americans at that time. His 1964 acclaimed painting, “Mexican American,“ depicted the identity crisis facing Mexican Americans. Sillas activist role led him into politics where he served as California’s Director of DMV under Governor Jerry Brown's first administration and then as United States Attorney for the Eastern District of California after being appointed by President Jimmy Carter. Following his stint in politics, he became a more reflective painter focusing on his heritage and the Mexican culture.

His work reflects the influence of Diego Rivera as Sillas' art seeks his Latino culture, and through American activist eyes. People become his subjects as they go about their daily chores. His work many times provokes questions and an emotional reaction. His use of bold colors has brought praise from collectors and peers. In 2004, his “Fiesta/USA” painting won Show’s Best at San Clemente Art Association’s 2005 Spring Show. Twenty-five hundred posters were immediately purchased by LA’s Best, an after-school program. He paints at his home studio in San Clemente and displays his work on his website and in galleries in Southern California. Sillas continues practicing law, writes a column, 'View From The Pier' for the San Clemente Sun Post, and fishes on weekend mornings at the pier. More information and his art may be obtained at www.hermansillas.com. He may be reached at sillasla@aol.com, or at Herman Sillas Fine Arts, (949) 498 6519 for commissioned pieces.

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Girl with a bonnet by Herman Sillas
 

Girl with a bonnet by Herman Sillas

The Guardians by Herman Sillas
 

The Guardians by Herman Sillas

Antonio by Herman Sillas
 

Antonio by Herman Sillas

Roses by Herman Sillas
 

Roses by Herman Sillas

Cesar and Dionicio by Herman Sillas
 

Cesar and Dionicio by Herman Sillas

A Special View by Herman Sillas
 

A Special View by Herman Sillas

Fishing Buddies by Herman Sillas
 

Fishing Buddies by Herman Sillas

Girl in a Swirl by Herman Sillas
 

Girl in a Swirl by Herman Sillas

Hermanos  by Herman Sillas
 

Hermanos by Herman Sillas

Mariachi Singer by Herman Sillas
 

Mariachi Singer by Herman Sillas

Fish Fear Me by Herman Sillas
 

Fish Fear Me by Herman Sillas

Shop Keeper by Herman Sillas
 

Shop Keeper by Herman Sillas

Folklorico dancer by Herman Sillas
 

Folklorico dancer by Herman Sillas

Virginia by Herman Sillas
 

Virginia by Herman Sillas

Harmony by Herman Sillas
 

Harmony by Herman Sillas

View of the Thief by Herman Sillas
 

View of the Thief by Herman Sillas

Hanging On by Herman Sillas
 

Hanging On by Herman Sillas

Vera Cruz by Herman Sillas
 

Vera Cruz by Herman Sillas

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