Iluá Hauck da Silva

Born in Campinas, Brazil

Lives and works in London

The crux of my practice is to visually investigate the human condition and its conundrums: sculpted body parts and glass internal organs function as powerful signifiers for different psychological, emotional, and physical afflictions.

I explore the vastly complex notion of beauty – both aesthetically and conceptually – by combining a wealth of materials and techniques. A strong sense of the relationship between what can potentially be described as beautiful and the brutality of existence is thus deeply infused in my work.

Dadaesque interventions on Old Masters and readymades articulate thoughts on social values, tensions, and injustice, and also consider the construction of history and traditions. Human anatomy, Greek mythology, Christian narratives and iconography, and Classical ideals and sculpture continue to inform my meticulous visual and theoretical vocabularies.

Cohesion between form and idea is consciously pursued or challenged, and charges my work with affecting connotations: as multiple layers of meaning unfold, the contingency of visual dialogues between crafted matter, abstract concepts, and ontological preoccupations crystallise. ©


2018 - 2020 MA Christianity and the Arts          King's College London in association with the National Gallery, London

1998 - 2002 BA(Hons) Art History                     Goldsmiths, University of London

Solo Exhibitions

2019|20   Pathos Ocularis - The Beautiful and The Curious, British Optical Association Museum, London

2017       Display of Decadence and Duchampian Dystopias series, Upstairs at L'Escargot Members Club, London

2016       Minotaurs of the Mind - The Second Coil, Brompton Cemetery Chapel, London

2016       Special display of Flagellation I&II and Cilice, Augustijnenklooster, Ghent, Belgium

2012       Minotaurs of the Mind, National Trust Sutton House, London

2012       Special solo display of Veins of Vanity II in the Chapel of the National Trust Sutton House, London

2011       Punhados de Possibilidades, Museu Padre Lima, Itatiba, Brazil

Selected Group Exhibitions

Current: RWA 168th Annual Open Exhibition, Bristol Royal Academy, Bristol, 17 April - 9 May.

Upcoming: Love is Not an Ideology, London (dates to be confirmed).

2020      Copy That #3, Lockdown Gallery, London (online show)

2019      The Death of Art, Vout-O-Reenee's Members Club, London

2019      Mix|Match, Culture Factory Korjaamo, Helsinki, Finland

2019      Arrows of Desire - For the Love of Saint Sebastian, The Horse Hospital Gallery, London

2018      Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition, York Art Gallery, York

2018      Killers and Thrillers 50+ Artists from 200B.C.- Now, Kabinett Gallery, Boston, U.S.A

2016      Revolution by Art Society Soho, The Black and White Building, London

2016      Black and White by Art Society Soho, The Black and White Building, London

2016      Emerald Winter Pride Exhibition, Islington Arts Factory, London

2015      Passion For Freedom Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London

2015      Come to the Sabbath, Apiary Studios, London

2014      Winter Pride Art Prize Finalists, Lacey Contemporary Gallery, London

2014      Passion For Freedom Art Competition, Embassy Tea Gallery, London

2014      Obsession: Love, Ritual, Collection, Embassy Tea Gallery, London

2013      Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition, York St Mary's, York

2012      Anniversaire du Cabaret Revoltarie, Casa das Rosas, São Paulo, Brazil

2012      Illumini, Shoreditch Town Hall, London

2012      Savill Garden Sculpture Exhibition, The Crown Estate, Windsor

2012      Religionis Violenta, West Bank Gallery, London

2012      Vanitas, National Trust Sutton House, London

2011      11th Mostra Bambole de Artes, Museu Padre Lima, Itatiba, Brazil

2010      To be or not to be: A False Dichotomy, Shoreditch Town Hall, London

2009      9th Mostra Bambole de Artes Muse Padre Lima, Itatiba, Brazil

Awards and Grants

2020     Emergency Response Fund for Artists, Arts Council England

2018     Aesthetica Art Prize, York Art Gallery, York. Longlisted

2016     Emerald Winter Pride Art Awards, Islington Arts Factory, London. Runner-up

2015     Passion For Freedom Art Competition, Mall Galleries, London. Shortlisted

2014     Winter Pride Awards UK, Tobacco Dock, London. Shortlisted

2014     Passion for Freedom Art Competition, Embassy Tea Gallery, London. Shortlisted

2012     Aesthetica Art Prize, York St Mary's, York. Longlisted


2019|20 Artist-in-Residence, British Optical Association Museum, London

2017      Artist-in-Residence, Brompton Cemetery, The Royal Parks, London

2017      Artist-in-Residence, L'Escargot Members Club, London


Public Art and Commissions

2010     Salomé, Hoxton, London

2010     Art 'Decontemporary' Eagle, Eagle House, London

2009     Be My Medici, Hoxton, London


Press and Institutional Work

2017     Emanuel von Baeyer, Frieze Masters, London

2014     Contributor, Artlyst, London

2014     Art Correspondent, East London Radio, London

2005     Volunteer (Education Department), Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

2004     Galeria Luisa Strina, Frieze Art Fair, London

1999     Saatchi Gallery, Boundary Road, London


2004      Advanced Glass Casting, Université du Verre, Sars-Poteries, France

2003      Higher National Certificate in Glass Making, Westminster College, London

2001      Glass Fusing Certificate, Central St Martins, London



British Optical Association Museum and private collections globally

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