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Luis Manuel Cravo Silva Associate Professor Art

MFA, Columbia University
BA, Government, Harvard University

Languages Spoken
Luis Silva’s writing and painting wander through the spaces and gaps provided by life and fiction in search of imagination, the real, belief and the thread of myth that binds them. He received a BA in Government from Harvard University and his MFA from Columbia University. He has exhibited at numerous international venues that include the Museum of Modern Art, Gramercy Theater, New York, the Taimiao Temple Gallery, National Museum of China, Beijing, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Beijing, the Southeastern Center of Contemporary Arts, Winston Salem, the DALI Contemporary Art Center, Beijing, Art Basel, Miami, the Neiman Center for Print Studies, New York, the Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, DC, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Serbia, IOAM, Beijing. Gallery exhibitions include G Fine Art, Washington, DC, Gallery MC, New York, Fusebox, Washington, DC, Bernard Toale, Boston. He has collaborated on projects with Kiki Smith, Linn Meyers, Tomas Vu, and Jennifer Nuss.
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Spring 2024

  • ARTS-205 Artist's Perspective: Drawing

  • ARTS-205 Artist's Perspective: Drawing

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

See CV for full list.

Selected Publications

  • “the Surreal Life,” Washington Post/ Express, January 6, 2006
  • Glenn Dixon, “G’s Puff’n’Stuff,” Washington Post/ Express, January 5, 2006
  • Michael O’Sullivan, “The Seen, Art and Museum Events,” Washington Post, December 16, 2005
  • DC Style Magazine, December 2005
  • Art in America; 2004, 2005
  • Sarah Godfrey, “Artifacts: Groovy Ghoulies,” The Washington City Paper; June 11, 2004
  • Jessica Dawson, “Guise and Dolls,” Washington Post (April 10, 2003), p. C5
  • “Art Wrap,” The Georgetowner (April 18, 2003)
  • Bret McCabe, “Three Way: Gallery Four’s Trio of Fresh Artistic Visions,” City Paper (Baltimore, Vol. 26, No. 26, June 26-July 3, 2002), pp. 41-42
  • Michael O’Sullivan, “A Pop (Culture) Quiz,” Washington Post (June 28, 2002), Weekend Section, p. 48

Professional Presentations

  • Lecturer, Library of Congress/Southern Graphics Council
  • Visiting Artist, Brandeis University
  • Technical Assistant and Video Consultant, Neiman Center for Print Studies, Columbia University
  • Visiting Artist, George Mason University
  • Visiting Artist, Massachusetts College of Art
  • Visiting Artist, Chautauqua Institution

Research Interests

Luis Silva explores issues entailing identity and identity formation. His work particularly addresses the cultural outsider utilizing aspects of fable construction, façade and myth. His media is project dependent and recently includes video, installation, painting, drawing, digital imaging and textile.

Grants and Sponsored Research

  • Maryland Arts and Humanities Council, Creative Project Grant


  • G Fine Art, Washington, DC
  • Washington Project for the Arts, Curator, Washington, DC
  • Fusebox Gallery, Washington, DC
  • Artpoint, Art Basel Miami, Miami, FL
  • Museum of Modern Art, Gramercy Theater, New York, NY
  • Corcoran Museum/Washington Project for the Arts(WPA/C)
  • Schwarzenberg’shcen Meierie, Schrattenberg, Austria
  • PS-122, New York, NY
  • Neiman Center for Print Studies, Columbia University, New York, NY
  • District of Columbia Arts Center, Washington, DC