Don’t Put Broseph In A Box
Meet Joseph Silvas, artist, graphic designer, illustrator and everything in between. A graduate from the University of the Incarnate Word, he calls San Antonio home making his mark on our city in a variety of ways, some of which include the 2016 opening of the High Five Shop and taking home the 2016 San Antonio Fashion Award for Best Streetwear Designer/Brand of the Year! Creating and selling, you’ve likely seen his pieces at Brick at Blue Star shows and markets and his Spurs designs in the AT&T Center Fan Shop. Now you can find his work and pieces from over 65 artists of various mediums and styles in his online shop and brick and mortar store. For now, here’s a peek into the mind of this local, creative entrepreneur.
A friend of mine started calling me Broseph back in seventh grade, and it just stuck with me hence why you’ll see it as my social media handles. It’s supposed to be a funny and not too serious nickname; I think it fits me perfectly because I’m not one to take myself too seriously. Don’t get me wrong, I do take my work and my art very seriously, but it’s important to have fun with it. As you can tell, I enjoy creating work that is fun, cute, happy, and colorful. I think it’s important to spread good vibes and positivity, which is why I’ve created so many ‘smiling’ things. All of which are things that I genuinely enjoy.
Focus On What You Love
Something that has been on my mind lately is criticism about work that’s too “puro San Anto”. Opinions shared about too many things being created because they’ll be easily sold to a ‘San Antonio audience’. For example, pieces with the subject of Selena, la Virgen de Guadalupe, tacos, the Spurs, Frida Kahlo, etc. Even though I do agree with some of the comments, I don’t think it’s fair to discredit the “puro San Anto” work. I have done some kind of piece on all of those subjects and I created them because I have a genuine interest in all of those things. I only create stuff that I think is rad and that I would like to be seen out in the world. To the criticism, I say, keep creating what you love and don’t get too caught up worrying about what others are doing or saying.
New and Different Things Are Coming Soon
I have a lot of new projects I’m currently working on that are truly authentic to me. Some big, some small, and some are things I don’t think many people would expect me to do. Of course I’m going to do stickers forever and ever, but I also want to explore new ideas.
One big thing I’m working on is a short documentary on screen-printing in collaboration with Gorilla Man Productions called Flood and Pull. We’re interviewing several screen printers in San Antonio and Austin about their craft and what it takes to print a beautiful poster. One of the smaller projects I’m working on is putting together new “zines”. I very recently released the first volumes of RPPB Zine and The Polaroid Zine. And I’m very happy with the way they came out. They have me excited for the other zine ideas I’m working on.
Lastly, I’ll be having my first solo gallery show called Me, Myself, and Broseph during Contemporary Art Month on Friday, March 10th. I’m still working on all the details, so make sure to follow me on social media for more information soon!