Eliseo Art Silva is an artist, teacher, and author. He is known for the “Gintong Kasaysayan” Filipinotown mural, the first memorial in the United States honoring Larry Itliong and the 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. In 1989, Silva emigrated to the United States at the age of 17, after graduating from the Philippine High School for the Arts (PHSA) with full honors.
Silva received his BFA at Otis College of Art and Design and was honored with a Getty Multicultural Arts Management Internship at the Social and Public Arts Resource Center (SPARC) which began his journey in creating over a hundred public art installations throughout the United States. He obtained an MFA at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and was honored with a Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant. Silva was also 2002 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture fellow.
His work has been featured at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History and the Conner Contemporary in Washington DC, the Cue Art Foundation Gallery in New York, the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, the Painted Bride Art Center in Philadelphia and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. His public art has been installed in Pittsburgh,PA; Los Angeles, CA; Sitka, AK; and Seattle, WA.
He has been the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships including an Artist Travel Grant from the Independence Foundation, the Arts Scholarship from the Ahmanson Foundation and the National Arts Association, the Liquitex Excellence in Art Purchase Award from Binney and Smith, the International Trophy from the Pasadena Tournament of Roses, the Award of Design Excellence from the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, the Alumni Achievement Award from Colegio De San Juan De Letran and the MARIA Arts Scholarship from Cultural Center of the Philippines.