Bela Silva was born in Lisbon, Portugal.
She studied at the School of Fine Arts in Porto and Lisbon, Portugal, at Ar.Co, Lisbon; at the Norwich Fine Arts, UK, and at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, USA.
Bela Silva exhibited her work at the Ann Nathan Gallery, Chicago, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Museu do Azulejo de Lisboa, Museu Anastácio Gonçalves in Lisbon, Palácio da Ajuda and Fundação Ricardo Espírito Santo, and also held exhibitions in China and Japan.
Bela Silva has participated in collective exhibitions of ceramics in Brazil, Spain and France, held ceramic workshops in Japan and Morocco. She attended art residencies in Kohler, Wisconsin, USA, and at Fábrica Bordalo Pinheiro, Caldas da Rainha, Portugal.
She has created several public art works, namely ceramic panels for the Alvalade subway station in Lisbon; panels for the Sakai Cultural Centre gardens in Japan; and panels for the João de Deus school in the Azores, as well as numerous works specially conceived for private clients in Europe and the United States.
She currently lives between Lisbon and Brussels.