Toby de Silva is a contemporary British artist who creates photographs that examine the interplay between perceptions of reality and the uncanny. His work is characterised by connotations of mortality, fear and unease and often features the motifs of childhood anxieties  like solitude, incapacity, blindness, fire, death and monsters. Inspired by artists who draw heavily on the imagination like Hieronymus Bosch, Francis Bacon, Arthur Tress and Duane Michals, de Silva seeks out subjects and environments with extraordinary qualities often re-imagining them to present alternative narratives that create tension and mystery. Frequently combining natural and artificial features within a scene the works are meticulously staged and assembled from multiple images to create fantasies that reflect the artists vision. 
Currently based in Asia, de Silva studied at Falmouth University followed by an MA in Photographic Studies at the University of Westminster.
EXHIBITIONS
2019 Nemesis, Dali Art Factory, China
2017 The Danse Macabre, Dali Art Factory, China
2015 Dali International Photo Festival, China
2011 The Possessed, Charlie Smith Gallery, London, UK
2011 The Perfect Place to Die, Format Festival, Derby, UK
2011 The Witching Hour 2, The PM Gallery, London, UK
2010 The Witching Hour, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, UK
2010 Association of Photographers Gallery, London, UK
2009 Vision 2009, BJP International Photography Award, London, UK
2009 Association of Photographers Gallery, London, UK
2009 Hungry, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, UK
2004 So/Far, Truman Brewery, London, UK


AWARDS
2015 Winner, Dali International Photo Festival Award
2011 Arts Council funding for The Perfect Place to Die
2009 Winner, Rhubarb-Rhubarb Bursary
2009 Finalist, The Guardian/Royal Photographic Society Joan Wakelin Award
2009 Honorable mention, Photography.book.now
2009 Shortlisted, BJP International Photography Award