Viviane Silvera is an artist and filmmaker.
Her 2016 project, "See Memory", is a film made out of 10,000 painting stills. It was an official selection of the American Psychological Association Film Festival, the Imagine Science Film Festival, the Viten Film Festival (Norway), the BLOW-UP Chicago International Art House Film Festival and the Awareness Film Festival and continues to screen in festivals worldwide. It has also been screened at Columbia University, Sarah Lawrence College (as part of Brain Awareness Week), the Edward Hopper House and with live music at Joe’s Pub at the Public Theatre.
An excerpt entitled "Flowers Grow" was installed at the MGM National Harbor in Washington, D.C (April - September 2017) and the full length film with no narration is installed on a 4-Channel installation at 4Gallery in Pioneer Square, Seattle. It has been installed on a 24 hour loop on the University of Mary Washington's Media Wall (November 1 - 31, 2016). Recent exhibitions include a solo exhibition of paintings at The Edward Hopper House and her work was recently shown at Marymount California University’s Arts & Media Division.
After earning her BA from Tufts University in Psychology and Political Science, Silvera received her MFA at the New York Academy of Art. She received a grant from the Newington Cropsey Foundation to create an outdoor sculpture for Vanderbilt University’s campus, where the piece entitled "The Fault" is permanently installed.
In 2004 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 Museum & 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, 511 Gallery, Denise Bibro Fine Art, Vanderbilt University's Sarratt Gallery, 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 Museum & Library, Tribeca-Flashpoint Media Academy, the Ziff Davis Corporate Collection and Vanderbilt University. Her work has been written about in the Wall Street Journal, ArtDaily, MarketWatch, Gotham magazine, Time Out New York, Fine Art Connoisseur magazine and the New York Times among others.
She received the Award of Excellence in Painting at the Edward Hopper House in 2013.
Viviane was born in Hong Kong and raised there and in Brazil. She lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters.