About Viviane Silvera


Founder of On Art, Viviane Silvera is an artist and filmmaker who tells stories in pictures.

After receiving he BA from Tufts University in Cognitive Psychology and Political Science, Silvera went on to receive her MFA at the New York Academy of Art. She received a grant from the Fantasy Foundation Fund and residency from the Newington Cropsey Foundation to create an outdoor sculpture for Vanderbilt University’s campus. In 2004- 2011 she created a series of oversize drawings based on images of President Clinton entitled Praying Hands, where Silvera highlighted associations between Clinton’s images in the popular press and Albrecht Durer’s renaissance masterpiece Praying Hands. A drawing from the series is in the permanent collection of the Clinton Presidential Library. In 2008, her series Borrowed Memory explored the idea of a shared, borrowed and collective memory, and was an attempt to retrieve implicit memories that are seemingly out of reach to the conscious mind.

Her 2011 series Therapy: Part One and her 2013 series Therapy: Part Two explored the therapist-patient relationship, and how to visually explore the unconscious using source material from films such as Ordinary People and the HBO series In Treatment. The exhibitions as well as paintings from See Memory, were reviewed in Gotham Magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine and featured as the cover along with the featured interview for literary magazine Gambling the Aisle in 2015.

Viviane has exhibited her work at galleries including The Cell (chelsea) , 511 Gallery (chelsea) , Denise Bibro Fine Art (chelsea), Vanderbilt University, the Albright Knox Gallery, the Edward Hopper House, the Dahesh Museum, the Masur Museum and the Museo De La Cuidad-Mexico. Her work is held in the Clinton Presidential Library, Flashpoint Media Academy and Vanderbilt University. Viviane’s work has been written about in the Wall Street Journal, Gotham magazine, Time Out New York, Fine Art Connoisseur magazine, the New York Times among others. She received the Award of Excellence in Painting at the Edward Hopper House in 2013.

Her latest project, See Memory, is an animated film made out of 10,000 painting stills that premiered at the American Psychological Association Film Festival on August 4th, 2016 and went on to screen at the Imagine Science Film Festival (Oct 2016) in New York City and the Viten Film Festival (Nov 2016) in Belgrade, Norway and was an official selection of the Blow Up Chicago Art House Film Festival (Nov 2016). Excerpts have been screened at The Big Apple Film Festival, the Edward Hopper House and at Joe’s Pub at the Public.When she isn’t creating her artwork, Viviane runs On Art where she leads groups on curated gallery and studio tours where New Yorkers experience the secret and hidden art gems throughout the city. In addition, On Art hosts salons and book signings for Curators and Artists in the Winter season.  Most recent studio tours include Ghada Amer, Shazia Sikander, Nir Hod and Paul Villinksi.  On Art has visited over 90 new york city studios over the past 14 years and values the ability to connect artists with art lovers and facilitate a dialog about the work and the life and practice of the artist.

As a well-respected voice in the art industry, Viviane’s views on contemporary art and her work with On Art has been written about in The Evening Standard and the Christies’s Newsletter.  Her museum education experience includes running the Visiting Artist Program for the Brooklyn Historical Society and teaching at The Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum before founding On Art in 2002. She was on the studio arts faculty of the National Academy School of Fine Arts and the 92nd Street Y School of the Arts for many years before leaving to focus her time on filmmaking.

Viviane was born in Hong Kong and raised there and in Brazil. She currently resides in New York City with her husband and two children.