About Viviane Silvera


Founder of On Art,  artist and filmmaker of the short See Memory, Viviane Silvera tells stories in pictures.

After receiving he BA from Tufts University in Cognitive Psychology and Political Science, with a concentration in Film, Silvera went on to receive her MFA at the New York Academy of Art. She received a grant from the Fantasy Foundation Fund and a studio 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.

Her latest project, See Memory, is a stop motion film made out of 12,000 painting stills to be seen around the world. It was screened as a work-in-progress with director’s talks at The Big Apple Film Festival (March 2016) and the Edward Hopper House (May 2016) and a excerpt will be screened with live musical performance at Joe’s Pub at the Public (June 2016). Recent exhibitions include a solo exhibition of paintings at The Edward Hopper House, and currently her work is being shown at Marymount California University’s Arts & Media Division (June 2016) . See Memory is an official selection of the American Psychological Association Film Festival (August 2016).

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.

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.

See Memory Poster