Hector Silva is a self-taught artist based in Los Angeles who has been producing work for more than twenty years. He is a very community-oriented person and was recently selected as one of ADELANTE’s twenty individuals who are among the most influential within the Gay and Lesbian Latino community due to his position as a role-model, innovative thinker, and leader in social change. Being raised in Jalisco, Mexico and now living in Los Angeles, Hector draws from the rich Latino/Chicano culture that has always surrounded him and incorporates it into his artwork. He pulls from the exposure he has had to public art, such as murals and graffiti, and appreciates the fact that it allows any person to interact with and admire it. Hector accredits religious iconography, Frida Kahlo, M.C. Escher, Tom of Finland and Chicano prison art as his primary influences. Exploring themes of cultural identity, Hector feels a responsibility to portray not only beauty, but truth in his artwork. Today, Hector’s work is collected internationally, receiving acclaim in the US and abroad.