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My work questions what counts as real by using paint to deconstruct space, systems, and language into abstracted mental maps. Sourcing from photos, memory, and dreams, they reimagine the body in the world through an intersecting lens of queerness, androgyny, and ecology. Manifesting as utopias, the threat of the dystopia builds a tension of safety versus harm, while unpacking a binary between femininity and masculinity, softness and hardness within a theme of resistance. Contrasts of simulations, deepfake, and disaster against love, self-hood, and camouflage expose and heighten conflicts of the present. 


Renee Silva is a visual artist and educator in the Boston area. They received their BFA in 2016 in Painting from Mass Art and Masters in Art Teaching in 2023 at the SMFA at Tufts University. Their work has been shown at the Harvard Ed Portal, The Boston Convention Center, Digital Graffiti in Alys Beach and in Crosscurrents at the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts. Renee expands their painting practice through collaborations in video, known as FeverDreamScapes, and hand-painted apparel and ceramics known as Nippy Gibbler. They are currently Arts Faculty at Phillips Academy in Andover, MA.

 

Teaching Experience

2021 - Present Art Faculty, Phillips Academy, Andover MA

2016 - 2021 Art Teacher in Youth Programs, Mass College of Art and Design, Boston MA

2015 - 2016 Godine Gallery Manager and Curator, Mass College of Art and Design, Boston MA

 

Education

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

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

 

Residencies

2023  Summer Painting Residency, The School of Visual Arts, New York, NY

 

Awards

2023 Tuition Scholarship, SMFA at Tufts, Boston MA

2022 Special Recognition, Digital Graffiti, Alys Beach FL

2016 Dean Nimmer Auction Award, Mass College of Art, Boston MA

2015 Gamblin Paint Supply, Mass College of Art, Boston MA

 

Lectures

2023 Unknowing, Upgrading, Uncritiquing, ISAIAH Conference, Boston MA

2023 Deconstructing the Art Curriculum, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly MA

 

Solo & Two-Person Shows

2019 Bold Illusions: Alexandra Rozenman and Renee Silva, Hynes Convention Center, Boston MA

2018 Matter of Intention, Harvard Ed Portal Crossings Gallery, Allston MA

2017 Who Needs People When You Can Love Things, Craft & Caro, Boston Design Building, Boston MA

2016  A conclusion, Godine Gallery, Boston MA

 

Selected Group Shows

2023 Finger Mullet Film Festival, Crisp-Ellert Art Museum, St. Augustine, FL

         Queer Knowing, All Street Gallery, NY, NY

         Fish Tank, Flatiron Gallery, School of Visual Arts, NY, NY

         Normal Now, Arnheim Gallery, Massart, Boston MA              

2022 Digital Graffiti, Alys Beach, FL

         Art After Dark, Vero Beach Museum of Art, Vero Beach, FL

2021 Women in Abstraction, New Art Center, Newton MA

         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

         Free Form, Gallery 263, Cambridge MA

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

2017 Crosscurrents, Pennsylvania Academy for the Arts, Philadelphia PA

         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

 

Curatorial Projects

2019  Sectional, Dorchester Art Project, Dorchester MA

2018  Rose Ceremony, Casablanc, Roxbury MA

2016  Float dreams = 4D*cosradiansflower+sky; Godine Gallery, Boston MA

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