At the beginning of the 80’s, a new artistic rupture is announced. This is the so-called period of “facades” first very photorealistic, but soon covered with graffiti and tags.
The works of this period announce 30 years earlier the “street art”. At the end of the 80s, the facades disappear little by little, to give way to a poetic art inspired by drawings of children with autism or mental disabilities that he often visits in specialized centers, and which remind him of his own difficult childhood and solitary of which he has not yet finished chasing ghosts today.
In 1984, his adoptive father, Alphonse Faymonville, died. From this period is the definitive break with his mother Maria he never reviewed. He now exhibits all over the world and many museums acquire his works. The Ludwig Museum in Germany devotes an exhibition to his series of works entitled «The prisoners» in 1988. Eleven paintings by Silvain are acquired by the Ludwig Museum.
Since 2002, Silvain has produced works in black acrylic ink, with a scarlet red figure in the center of the painting, sometimes representing a huge rabbit, an elephant, the head of an imaginary mother, a Mickey Mouse, the fund of the work being riddled with disparate objects, broken toys, airplanes, knives, and where often appear short sentences, sometimes shocking, a disillusioned poetry where words like “mutti” or “fear” come back tirelessly.