I am an interdisciplinary artist, interested in the role that art plays in the human need to connect. My work investigates connection on multiple levels; socially, environmentally and culturally.
My creative process is multilayered which includes experimentation with medium, color, line, repetition, and form. Working this way helps to generate and realize various points of connections. In my studio practice, I combine traditional methods of drawing and painting with experimental techniques in printmaking and collage, finding a balance between representational and abstract. My work has gradually grown into the public realm as part of my social practice.
As a public artist, my work is fueled by my curiosity of understanding the context of the site and its relationship to the way the public engages with and within that space. Each public art piece I create involves a meaningful investigation of the unique social and historical background that makes up a place. The imagery that I select is intended to celebrate, inform and inspire connection with each ecosystem. My approach to mural design is contemporary, incorporating layered graphic elements juxtaposed with a traditional painterly style. The visual collective is meant to be approachable and understood by diverse audiences.
With roots in the Dominican Republic, Silvia has been working as a Boston based artist since 2000 when she moved to the area to further her training in illustration and communication design at the Massachusetts College of Art & Design. Upon this move Silvia received training from the Altos de Chavon the School of Design La Romana, in the Dominican Republic, completing a two-year certificate program in painting and illustration.
Silvia’s artwork has received recognition through awards, grants, and commissions including the Barr Foundation, the New England Foundation for the Arts, The Boston Foundation, Now and There, the Brother Thomas Award, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the Design Studio for Social Intervention (DS4Si). Her exhibit record includes the Fitchburg Art Museum, the New Hampshire Institute of Art, and Boston Children’s Hospital. Artist residencies have included the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston Children's Hospital and the Boston Center for the Arts. Silvia is also an accomplished public artist art commissions include; the first professionally-commissioned mural on the Charles River Esplanade, Northeastern University, the Punto Urban Art Museum, the Barr Foundation, Google inc, HoneyGrow restaurant and HubWeek. Boston. Silvia is a seasoned community-based artist and collaborator working with the likes of architects, urban planners, design and construction professionals, and activists to develop and execute public works.
In addition to her fine art practice, Silvia is an award-winning graphic design professional, working with high-profile companies and institutions such as the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the World Health Organization, the World Bank and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. www.chavezdesignstudio.com
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