Artur Silva

Creative Renewal Arts Fellow - In 1999, the Arts Council of Indianapolis, with generous support from the Lilly Endowment, established the Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship program. Originally conceived as a renewal opportunity similar to an academic sabbatical, this groundbreaking initiative offers mid-career artists and arts administrators the opportunity to renew and refresh their creativity. In it's 9th round, the fellowship offers 30 artists and arts administrators $10,000 for an 18 month fellowship period.
Artur Silva


I grew up in Brazil and have lived my whole adult life in the United States, 15 years in Indianapolis. I have a Masters of Fine Arts from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts).

My art practice is multidisciplinary. I have utilized an array of different media such as installation art, video, sculpture, painting, large format printing among others.

I have created a number of public art projects from painted murals, vinyl banner material made for the outdoors, to video installations.


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In the series called Taxon, I use national flowers from some of the countries affected by the U.S. aggressive rhetoric. In a way, this piece creates a simplified map of places affected directly or indirectly by physical or rhetorical aggression (Mexico, Venezuela, Iran and others), and attempts to replace the rhetoric currently employed with visual signifiers of delicate, velvety surfaces. Often fragile, these biological architectures are often used as gestures of peace and opportunities for dialog. I see this work as an a opportunity for a conversation with each other, with a starting point being a very basic criteria: all of us sharing this moment and time. Let’s talk.

My proposal was a finalist, commissioned by the Los Angeles Metro for the new Beverly Hills trains station.

Out of that proposal I created a series of five archival inkjet prints on archival paper, 44″ x 44″, edition of 6, 2018

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MFA from CalArts


Rucks Journal-  board member



2020 – Nominated for a Smithsonian Artist Fellowship
2020 – Nominated for a Joan Mitchel Award
2018 – Christel DeHaan Artist of Distinction Award
2017 – Artists’ Fellowship Inc. Grant Recipient, NYC
2017 – Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant Recipient, NYC
2014 – Creative Renewal Fellowship – Arts Council of Indianapolis, funded by the Lilly Endowment
2012- Nominated for a United States Artists 50k Fellowship in Los Angeles, CA

2011- Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant recipient
2010- Efroymson Contemporary Art Fellowship (20k) recipient

– Grant from the Efroymson Fund for production cost Fliperama Rhapsody, Portland

2008 – Grant, National Association of Latino Arts and Culture, San Antonio, TX

– Grant for production cost of exhibit From Rags To Riches, Efroymson Fund

2005 – Creative Renewal Fellowship

– Arts Council of Indianapolis, funded by the Lilly Endowment 2004

– Grant from the Indiana Arts Commission



  • This research-based project investigates the Ejidos in Mexico and the role of NAFTA in creating the migration of Mexican workers to the U.S. in the 1990s. It explores the invisible characteristics of a different kind of coloniality: Neoliberalism as an agent of occupancy and displacement.


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