Inspired by alternate reality, sci-fi, cult trends, makeup palettes, stuffed animals and the Sims, 

my paintings compartmentalized color and content into cognitive spaces.

 

Sourcing from archives of photos, memory, and dreams in the interest of how these means of existing overlap and digress from one another, the paintings exploit the thresholds, errors, and edits created within these relationships. Information is synthesized into a map of architecture, plant beds, characters and symbolic alphabets.

 

The abstractions investigate subjectivity and communication in between spaces of media and language. Using tertiary colors provocative of queerness, the paintings showcase everyday icons through an androgynous lens. I'm intrigued by how hybridity informs queerness, and wonder how queerness, magic and love can deconstruct language, ideas, and systems. 

 

They are romanticizing making a new friend, capturing the coincidence of encountering a bug, the archives of personal data. They are nebulous landscapes with amorphous tokens of memory affairs. Mementos from past lives. 

 

I want to decode cryptic and abstruse emotionality to build a shared meaning of existence. To share my deepest thoughts and anxieties while learning yours. To construct a visual representation of the feeling of home, self-hood, and queerness. I want you to feel the overwhelming high of falling in love while simultaneously and anxiously falling apart. I want to make room for you to find yourself in my work in whichever way fits.

 

Renée Silva, visual artist & educator, Boston MA 

      education

2023.    School of Museum of Fine Arts, Tufts University, Masters in Art Teaching, Boston MA

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

     

 

 

 

 

 

         

 

          exhibitions & projects

              Curatorial Project*

2022      Digital Graffiti, Alys Beach, Fl

 

2021       Women in Abstraction, New Art Center, Newton MA

               Women in Abstraction, Virtual Gallery

               Some Assembly Required via Boston LGBTQIA Artist Alliance, Distillery Gallery, Boston MA

               Blingee Fairy Fields, Loading Festival, Downtown Miami FL

2019        The Illusion Layer, Boston CyberArts, Jamaica Plain MA

                Bold Illusions: Alexandra Rozenman and Renee Silva, Hynes Convention Center, Boston MA

                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*

              Though detached, we are close; Visual Studies of Scopaesthesia , 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

             awards

2022.     Special Recognition, Digital Graffiti, Alys Beach FL

2016      Dean Nimmer Auction Award, MassArt

               MassArt Merit Award, MassArt 

2015      Gamlbin Paint Supply, MassArt 

2013      Van Gogh Vision Award, North Reading High School 

             publications

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

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

               Art, Chosen Shows, POP-UP SHOP: WHO NEEDS PEOPLE WHEN YOU CAN LOVE THINGS – CLOTHING RELEASE, Boston Compass

 

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

2021-Current        Art Faculty, Phillips Academy, Andover MA

2020-2021.             K-8 Art Teacher, Brookline Public Schools, Brookline MA

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