Bela Silva was born in Lisbon, Portugal, and studied at:
- Porto and the Lisbon Fine Arts Schools in Portugal;
- ArCo, Lisbon; Norwich Fine Arts in the UK;
- School of The Art Institute of Chicago in the USA.
She currently lives between Lisbon and Brussels, Belgium.
Among her shows: Chicago’s Ann Nathan Gallery and Rhona Hoffman Gallery; Lisbon’s Museu do Azulejo (Tile Museum), Museu Anastácio Gonçalves in Lisbon, Palácio da Ajuda, and Fundação Ricardo Espírito Santo; and also shows in China and in Japan. She has participated in group shows of tile art in Brazil, Spain, France; ran ceramics workshops in Japan and Morocco; and been awarded residencies at Kohler, Wisconsin, USA, and at Fabrica Bordalo Pinheiro, Caldas da Rainha, Portugal.
She has created several public art pieces, namely tile panels for the Alvalade subway station in Lisbon; panels for the Sakai Cultural Center’s gardens in Japan; and panels for the João de Deus School in the Azores Islands.