About Viviane Silvera

Founder of On Art, Viviane Silvera is an artist and filmmaker.

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 sculpture for Vanderbilt University’s Women's studies department. The piece, "the Fault" is permanently installed on campus. In 2004- 2011 she created a series of oversize drawings based on images of President Clinton entitled Praying Hands. A drawing from the series is in the permanent collection of the Clinton Presidential Museum & Library. 

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 recent short film, See Memory, is made out of 10,000 painting stills. It premiered at the American Psychological Association Film Festival and went on to screen at the Imagine Science Film Festival, the Viten Film Festival and was an official selection of the Blow Up Chicago Art House Film Festival. It has also been screened at Sarah Lawrence College, the University of Mary Washington, the Edward Hopper House, Joe’s Pub at the Public, the MGM National Harbor (D.C), 4Culture in Pioneer Square, Seattle and will be in the upcoming Mykonos Biennale.

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.  On Art participants have visited over 100 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, 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.