Rui Laureano Silva is retired from the Aerospace industry where he worked for 20 years as a technical/artistic illustrator. Rui was born in Portugal and studied Mechanical Engineering Illustration there. In Canada, he attended the National Aeronautical School and also took up painting at McGill University. Throughout his career in the aeronautical industry, he has devoted his free time to his favorite hobby, painting.
Because he spent a greater part of his professional career around airplanes, he ended up developing a passion for the theme and consequently has been involved with aviation painting for many years.
His paintings and illustrations have been exposed in varied local Québec exhibitions. In past years, he has also provided technical and artistic illustration for reference, poetry and literary works. He has received the following diplomas/awards:
- Award of Excellence from the Pittsburgh Chapter of Society for Technical Communication
- Honorary Diploma from the Civil Government of Angola (for cultural artistic collaboration).