Keep ’em Coming: A Gallery Group Show, June 3 – 25, 2011

Fliperama Rhapsody, May 6 – June 19, 2010

FOG: A Spring Group Show, April 1 – May 1, 2010

Art Club, September 3 – 26, 2009

Catalogo, March 3 – April 1, 2009


I’m interested in the way people experience capitalism within different classes and groups in America, now and at other periods in history. My work is the result of my pursuit to understand, as an artist, these experiences as well as my own capitalist experience in America. I grew up in Brazil, but have lived my entire adult life in the United States. My curiosity about this subject, viewed through my cultural background, is the primary drive of this exploration.

I appropriate and modify images and sounds from mass media, and combine them with my own footage and photography to create videos and installations. These works explore advertising as a capitalistic tool to fuel consumerism. I’m interested in the way products are packaged, advertised and sold. The role that iconography plays in the oversimplified representation of cultures through images is also an area of interest. Through my work I explore my own struggle in a commodity-driven culture and how I negotiate my existence in this system.



Artur Silva was born in Brazil where he attended the Guignard School of Fine Arts. Silva now lives and works in Indianapolis, IN. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. In addition to showing early on in his career in his home country of Brazil, Silva’s work was included in the 2009 Heartland exhibition in the Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven, Netherlands and Smart Museum in Chicago, IL. His work has also been shown at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN; John Michael Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, WI; Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE; Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne IN; Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis, IN; NavtaSchulz Gallery, Chicago, IL; Big Car Gallery, Indianapolis, IN; Sikkema & Jenkins Gallery, New York, NY; Jail Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Half/Dozen Gallery, Portland, OR.


Curriculum Vitae

b. Brazil 1976

Guignard School of Fine Arts

Solo or Two Person Selected Exhibitions

2009 Catalogo, Half/Dozen Gallery, Portland, OR
2008 From Rags to Riches- America’s REM, NavtaSchulz Galery, Chicago, IL
2008 The Wealth of Nations- America’s REM part 2, Big Car Gallery, Indianapolis, IN
2006 Recent Works, Marian College, Indianapolis, IN
2005 Artur Silva and Karen Glanders , two person show, Editions Limited Gallery, IN
2003 Recent Works, solo, Universal Art Gallery, Memphis, TN
2003 Recent Paintings, IUPUI University Cultural Arts Gallery, IN
2002 Proposition, solo, Harrison Gallery, IN
2000 Roosters, solo, Snug Harbor Cultural Center- Art Lab, New York, NY
1998 Recycling, solo, Instituto Latino Americano de Lenguas, Brazil
1996 Casas & Colagens, solo, Convento Gallery, Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Selected Group Exhibits

2010 FOG: A Spring Group Show, Half/Dozen Gallery, Portland, OR
2009 Heartland, Smart Museum University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
2009 Art Club, Half/Dozen Gallery, Portland, OR
2009 Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis, IN
2009 Heartland, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
2008 What Matters Most, John Michael Kohler Art Center, WI
2008 Photo LA, Jail Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2008 On Procession, Indianapolis Museum of Art Indianapolis, IN
2008 Midwest Visions, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE
2007 Wish You Were Here, Holland Arts Council, MI
2007 Recharged, Harrison Gallery, Indianapolis, IN
2007 Postcards From the Edge, Sikkema & Jenkins Gallery, NY, NY
2006 Site Specific, Installation, NavtaSchulz, Chicago, IL
2006 Fresh Paint, NavtaSchulz Gallery, Chicago, IL
2006 Contemporary American Realism, biennial, Fort Wayne Museum of Art
2005 Environmental WOW Project, Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art- IMOCA
2005 New American Paintings– Exhibit on print, curated by Dominic Molon- Chicago Art Institute
2005 Biennale Internazionale dell Arte Contemporanea, Florence, Italy
2004 Research Triangles, Harrison Gallery, Indianapolis, IN
2004 The Faculty Show, Indianapolis Arts Center, IN
2004 The reopening show, Editions Limited Gallery, Indianapolis, IN
2004 Art Between Cultures, Mathers Museum, Bloomington, IN
2003 Summer Show, Alto Art Gallery, Kokomo, IN
2003 Scape Harrison Gallery, Indianapolis, IN
2003 Seeing red, Harrison Gallery, Indianapolis, IN
2002 Transformation, Indiana Historical Society, IN
2000 Group Exhibit Fall, Student Gallery, New York, NY
1999 Group Show, Student Gallery, New York, NY
1997 Acrylics & Odds, Quelver Gallery, Minas Gerais, Brazil


2008 What Matters Most, commission by John Michael Kohler Art Center, WI
2008 Artist Grant, National Association of Latino Arts and Culture, San Antonio, TX
2007 Midwest Visions, residency at OxBow School of Art, MI, funded by The Joyce Foundation
2005 Award Lorenzo il Magnifico, Florence Biennial
2005 Creative Renewal Fellowship – Arts Council of Indianapolis funded by the LillyEndowment
2004 Cultural Development Commission Fast Track grant- Gallery of the Machine
2002 Masterpiece in a Day competition, Indianapolis


Marian College, Indianapolis, IN 2006
University of Wisconsin in Sheboygan, WI, 2008


On Procession Book, Indianapolis Museum of Art 2009
Midwest Visions, residency catalogue, 2008
Klara, Heartland, Belgium, 2008
Indianapolis Star, The Artist, December 16th, 2007
Indianapolis Star, September 2007
Visual Arts Guide, cover 2007
Chicago Monthly, August 2006
Indianapolis Monthly, September, 2006
Jumpstart your Collection, Indianapolis Star, 2006
Florence Biennial Catalogue 2005
Indianapolis Monthly, December 2004
Healing Arts- Triangle Research, Indianapolis Star, October 8th, 2004
Talk of Our Town, Indianapolis Star, September 22nd, 2004
Cultural Convergence, channel 13 September 2004
Art of the Matter, National Public Radio, July 2004
Machine Dispenses Art Items for Masses, Indy Star, June 2004
Art from a Vending Machine, NUVO weekly, June 2004
Indiana Review, Writing Between Cultures, 2004
Art of the Matter, NPR December 2003
Preview, The Flyer, Memphis, TN 2003
New Artist at UC, The Sagamore, September 8th 2003
Community Insight Feature Artist, The Indiana Herald, August 16th 2003
30 under 30, NUVO weekly, 09/02/03
Proposition Review, Indianapolis Star, May 2nd 2003
Proposition Review, Thoughts Colages, NUVO weekly, May 14th 2003
Healing Arts, first page of Arts & Entertainment, Indianapolis Star, September 8th 2002
Channel 21, talk show, cable TV, 1998, Brazil
Casas & Collagens Review, Hoje em Dia newspaper, 1997, Brazil
Alvorada radio review, 1997, Brazil

Public Art/Display

2008 Mass. Ave. Rotating Sculpture Program, 2008, Indianapolis
2008 On Procession Parade, an Indianapolis Museum of Art project, a Silevy project
2007 Great Ideas Public Art Competition, finalist project, Indianapolis, a Silevy project
2007 Thank You, Enjoy, White River Park Sculpture Garden, Indianapolis
2006 Cautious Angst, public art installation, Picture Window Project, Indianapolis
2006 Unquestionable Doubt, public art Installation, Picture Window Project, Indianapolis
2005 Environmental WOW Project, brought by Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art- IMOCA
2004 Gallery of the Machine, Artsgarden, Indianapolis- Indianapolis Museum of Art 2005.
2004 World Swimming Championship, painting commissioned to become official poster.
2003 Permanent mural at the Indianapolis International School

Corporate collection/Museums

Indianapolis Museum of Art (Gallery of the Machine purchase)
Sacks Fifth Avenue
Katz & Korin Attorneys
Riley Children Hospital
Indiana Sports Corporation
Idea Production
Forum Credit
John Michael Kohler Art Center
Union and several private collections


Indianapolis Art Center – Faculty member
Indianapolis Downtown Artists & Dealers Association- Board of Directors