Eliseo Art Silva is an artist known for the Gintong Kasaysayan mural of Los Angeles, recognized as the "most significant Filipino mural in the country" by the LA Times and as "one of the 20 iconic murals of Los Angeles" by LA Weekly.
Silva immigrated to the United States at 17 and obtained a BFA at Otis College of Art and Design. He received his MFA at the Maryland Institute College of Art, attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and was recognized with a Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant.
Though he made his name in street art and murals, Silva also works in other mediums such as (oil, acrylic and mixed media) paintings, incorporating theater drama with youth, bringing a deep disciplinary sense of marginalized history, creating giant puppets, organizing festivals, branding cultural enclaves with markers, pocket parks and gateways (thus serving as a de facto city planner), published author and illustrator of books, designed award-winning floats for the Rose Parade, and customized tattoo designs.
I have a longstanding interest in art, painting and community-based and participatory approaches to public art.
In my work as a muralist, I always find pedagogical ways for youth and community members to bring in their cultural perspectives, knowledge, and imagination into the creative process.
For example, in designing a middle school mural, I used drama and theater arts with youth. The students decide how a scene is depicted in their school wall art by acting them out.
I have a lot to contribute including decades long experience creating murals alongside community members. I am naturally inclined to bring in a deep disciplinary sense of history, especially those kinds of history that are seldom represented. But I also would have so much to learn from other artists, students, teachers and colleagues in the process of making art.
I believe in the philosophy of building off from the cultural wealth in communities. I hope to gain the pedagogical knowledge to work in a genuinely democratic space and learn dialogical approaches to working with students and community members.
Most of all, to promote and professionalize the arts in this country's wonderfully diverse neighborhoods.