Eliseo Art Silva is a contemporary artist, teacher, and author. He is internationally-known for the Gintong Kasaysayan Filipinotown mural, the first memorial in the United States honoring Filipino American farm workers. LA Weekly recognized Gintong Kasaysayan as one of the 20 iconic murals of Los Angeles.
Silva was born in Manila in 1972, the same year Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos declared martial law. A martial law baby, Silva completed his first mural on February 28, 1986 at the age of 14, just a few days after becoming part of the EDSA People Power Revolution. Silva emigrated to the United States at the age of 17 in 1989, the same year Marcos passed away in Hawaii. Silva's work directly addresses the visual dehumanization of his culture by reconciling the history of his lineage with the history of painting.
Silva received his BFA at Otis College of Art and Design and his MFA at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and was a 2002 Skowhegan fellow. His work has been featured at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History and the Conner Contemporary in Washington, D.C., the Cue Art Foundation Gallery in New York, the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, the Painted Bride Art Art Center in Philadelphia and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. His public art has been installed at the Millennium War Memorial for US Veterans of all the Wars of the 21st Century in Lompoc, CA; the Jewish American Muralfor the Pico-Robertson neighborhood of Los Angeles; the 7,000 sq. foot Gateway Underpass Mural of Riverside, CA and Colton, CA; the Choose Respect Mural in Sitka, Alaska; the Normandie Village Mural in LA's Little Armenia, and the Carlos Bulosan Memorial in Seattle, WA.
He has been the recipient of awards and fellowships from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the Getty Arts Institute, the Independence Foundation, the Ahmanson Foundation, the National Arts Association, the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Center of the Philippines and was a finalist for the Paul and Daisy Soros Foundation for New Americans. The National Centennial Commission of the Philippines commissioned him to create interactive public art for the Philippine Centennial celebrations as part of the International Arts Festival in Boracay Island, and his works was included in the Philippine Centennial Time Capsule. Silva has been profiled by the Los Angeles Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Art in America, The Manila Bulletin, The Philippine Daily Inquirer, and The Seattle Times.