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


They are inspired by colors of modern cosmetics, alternate reality from sci-fi, American cults, and The Sims. The work synthesizes content into beds of plants, characters and map-like landscapes. 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 curious how ideas, language, emotion, and change are processed internally and what that looks like.  I'm interested in the nuances of subjectivity in our existence through memory, photos, dreams, and history.  I wonder how these means of existing overlap and digress from one another; the paintings exploit the thresholds, errors, and edits created within these relationships. I want to investigate how language is translated through the iconography of a culture or community. I'm intrigued by how hybridity informs queerness, and wonder how queerness can deconstruct language, ideas, and systems.



Renée Silva, visual artist & educator, Boston MA 


2022     Framingham State University, Masters of Education in Art, Framingham MA

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









          exhibitions & projects

              Curatorial Project*

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


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

2021-Current        Art Instructor, 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