Silvio Silvestri is a plein air artist in the Northern California area who paints on location throughout the western United States and Europe. Silvio comes from a long linage of artists including his father, uncle and grandfather all being in the arts or allied fields. He has been influenced by French, American, Spanish and Russian impressionists. He has studied with Kenn Backhaus, Ron Rencher, George Strickland, TM Nicholas and Robert Sandidge. He began painting in the mid seventies as a hobby then entered his professional art career in the early '90s winning vaious awards since then. His studio is open by appointment and commissions are welcome. His awards include second place, 2003, Napa Museum Plein Air Exhibition, 1st place, Catalina Art Festival, 2003, 2004, Honorary Mention, Carmel Art Festival, 2001. Best Plein Air Show, Laguna Plein Air Assocation, 07, and 08 and, more recently, Best Plein Air Painter, Catalina Art Festival, 08.