Vicki DaSilva is a light graffiti and light painting pioneer. She has been making single frame time exposure photographs at night since 1980. She is credited with the term ‘light graffiti’ as well as being the first artist to make deliberate text light graffiti photographs beginning in 1980 with her photograph titled Cash.
Her photographs are created at night, live and on location. These images are made possible through processes of recording that are unique to photography. The execution time varies in duration from minutes to hours per photograph.
DaSilva moved to NYC in 1983 after receiving her BFA from Kutztown University of PA. While at KU she met Keith Haring, a Kutztown, PA native. She was heavily influenced by the convergence of street and graffiti art during the birth of hip-hop that created a lasting graffiti love affair with light replacing spray paint.
DaSilva did an internship and worked as an assistant for several years with internationally acclaimed video and performance artist Joan Jonas. Through Jonas she was introduced to many historically significant artists including Richard Serra, for whom she worked as a personal assistant throughout the 80’s. Her first full time job in NYC was as photographer Gary Schneider’s first darkroom assistant.
Her exploration of light graffiti and light painting as a multi-disciplinary, time-based art form anchored in the photographic process continues to push boundaries of intervention art. The historical impact of DaSilva’s work as it relates to both photography and text art has yet to be determined. Her signature style is easily recognized.
DaSilva’s work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions at THE(un)SCENE Art Show, SCOPE Miami Beach, Cheryl Hazan Contemporary, Dorsky Curatorial Projects, Lesley Heller Workspace, Woodward Gallery, Snap! Orlando Photo Festival, NADA Art Fair, Context Art Miami, Fountain Art Fair, Center for Photography at Woodstock, and Silver Eye Center for Photography, among many others. Her work was included in the catalog Light Art from Artificial Light, ZKM Museum for Contemporary Art, Karlsruhe, Germany. In 2012 DaSilva was the solo winner of the international competition Art Takes Times Square that resulted in her work being featured on the cover of the New York Times Arts section as well as on the 13 major digital billboards of the Times Square Midnight Moment art program.