My paintings romanticize the magic coincidences of encountering a bug, making new friends, and inventorying personal data into a symbolic alphabet.

I source from real time as well as from the archives of photos, memory, and dreams. Interested in how these means of existing overlap, relate and digress from one another, the paintings exploit the thresholds, errors, and edits created within these relationships.

They are virtual landscapes mapping cognitive spaces, studying subjectivity and communication in between media and language. Using tertiary colors provocative of queerness, they reproduce everyday icons and imagery into androgynous, new hybrid forms.

They are otherworldly, slow reads that ask a question that has many answers.

RenÉe Silva is a visual artist & educator 

in Boston MA & Providence RI


2016    Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Bachelor of Art in Painting, Departmental Honors,  Boston MA

     exhibitions & projects

2019      Free Form, LGBTQIA Artist Alliance, Gallery 263, Cambridge MA

               Boston Key Party, Stove Gallery, Charlestown MA

               Sectional, Dorchester Art Project, Dorchester MA

2018      Art on the Marquee:Video Wall via Boston Cyberarts, Boston Convention Center, Boston MA

               Matter of Intention, Crossings Gallery @ Harvard Ed Portal, Allston MA

               Secret Gardens, Nave Gallery, Somerville MA

               Who Needs People When You Can Love Things, Craft & Caro, Boston Design Building, Boston MA


2017     Crosscurrents, Philadelphia Academy of Fine Art, Philadelphia PA

               Rose Ceremony, Casablanc, Roxbury MA

               Hydra via Boston LGBTQIA Artist Alliance, Midway Gallery, Boston MA

               Coded via Boston LGBTQIA Artist Alliance, Vandernoot Gallery, Cambridge MA

               Emotional Currency in the Digital Age, Godine Gallery Boston MA

               In Response, Godine Gallery, Boston MA

2016     A Group Show, Thomas Young Gallery, Boston MA

               A House Show, Ratsnest, Allston MA

               A conclusion, Godine Gallery, Boston MA

               Into it, over it, Student Life Gallery, Boston MA

               Float dreams = 4D*cosradiansflower+sky; Godine Gallery, Boston MA

               Tombstone (in case you never knew me) Godine Gallery, Boston MA

               Painting All School Show, Doran Gallery, Boston, MA

2015    ^to Interpretation, Student Life Gallery, Boston MA

              SIM BIG, Godine Gallery, Boston MA

              (SIM) Artists Making Art About Artists, Godine Gallery, Boston MA

              Carnage, SkyCastle, Roxbury, MA

              Violence Transformed, Roxbury Community College, Roxbury, MA

              Painting All School Show, President's Gallery, Boston, MA

              Converging Lines, Student Life Gallery, Boston, MA

2014    The Empathic State, North Crackatorium, Boston, MA

              FA-2D Open House Pop-Up Show, Kennedy Building MassArt, Boston, MA

              The Restore Show, North Crackatorium, Boston MA


2016      Dean Nimmer Auction Award, MassArt

                MassArt Merit Award, MassArt 

2015      Gamlbin Paint Supply, MassArt 

2013      Van Gogh Vision Award, North Reading High School 


2019      Art, Went there: Sectional @ Dorchester Art Project, Boston Hassle

2018      Art, Went there: Matter of Intention at the Harvard Ed Portal, Boston Hassle



2017     Review: Art Edition, Boston Compass

               Casablanc Market, Boston Magazine 

               A Self-conscious Cube, Godine Family Gallery Catalog 2015-2016, Blurb Publishing


2016     FA-2D Senior Catalog, Massachusetts College of Art and Design

           teaching experience

2018-19                Art Teacher, North Attleboro Middle School, North Attleboro MA

2016- Current      Youth Programs, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston MA

2017- Current      K-12 Visual Arts, Mosesian Center for the Arts, Watertown MA