About Viviane Silvera


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

Viviane Silvera received a BA from Tufts University in Cognitive Psychology and Political Science and an MFA at the New York Academy of Art.

Her hand-painted stopmotion videos have been installed at the University of Mary Washington (Nov 2017), Davidson College (Nov 2018 - Jan 2019) , MGM National Harbor in Washington D.C (April - Sep 2017), 4Culture in Pioneer Square Seattle (June 2017-June 2018) and Cube Art Project with Union Bank in Lincoln, NE (May 2018 - May 2019).

Recent solo exhibitions include Iron Gate East Gallery and the Edward Hopper House and group exhibitions at the Albright Knox Gallery, The Dahesh Museum, The Masur Museum and The Museo de la Cuidad - Mexico.

Her documentary short, “See Memory,” is available on Amazon and was an official selection of multiple film festivals including the American Psychological Association Film Festival and the Imagine Science Film Festival with screenings at Columbia University and Sarah Lawrence College among others.

Silvera’s work is held in the Clinton Presidential Library & Museum, the Ziff Davis Collection and Tribeca Flashpoint Media Academy. Her outdoor sculpture, “The Fault”, was made for the Women’s Studies Department at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, where it is permanently installed and was funded by a grant from the Newington Cropsey Foundation. She is a two time recipient of the Chaim Gross Award and the winner of the Harriet Whitney Frishmuth Travel Award, from the National Academy of Design. Most recently she received the Award of Excellence in Painting at the Edward Hopper House.

Her work has been written about in the Art Daily, The Wall Street Journal, Gotham Magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur, Time Out New York and The New York Times and was the cover and featured interview in Gambling the Aisle Literary magazine.

When she isn’t creating her artwork, Viviane runs On Art where she leads art lovers on curated gallery and studio tours where they experience the hidden art gems throughout the city. In addition, On Art hosts salons and book signings for curators, writers and filmmakers.  On Art has visited over 100 New York City studios over the past 14 years, connecting artists with art lovers and facilitating 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 Christie’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 film-making.

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.