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 more realistic rendered style. The visual collective is meant to be approachable and understood by diverse audiences.
With roots in the Dominican Republic, Silvia has been a Boston based artist since 1997 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 including the New England Foundation for the Arts, The Boston Foundation, the Brother Thomas Award and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Her exhibit record includes the Fitchburg Art Museum, the New Hampshire Institute of Art, and Boston Children’s Hospital. Artist residencies have included Google inc, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston Children's Hospital and the Boston Center for the Arts. Silvia is also an accomplished muralist, art commissions include a mural on the Charles River Esplanade through Now+There Inc., Northeastern University, the Punto Urban Art Museum, the Barr Foundation, HoneyGrow restaurant, HUBweek and the Design Studio for Social Intervention (DS4Si). 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. You can see some of her design work at www.chavezdesignstudio.com
Resume available upon request.