Vicki DaSilva is a light graffiti and light painting photography pioneer. She has been making single frame time exposure photographs at night since 1980. She is credited with the term ‘light graffiti’ and was the first artist to create a series of text light graffiti photographs as well as to use four and eight-foot fluorescent lamps as light painting tools. 

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 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 and activism art.  

DaSilva’s work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions at Interference International Light Art Project Tunis, Art New YorkSCOPE Miami Beach, Cheryl Hazan Gallery, 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, 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. In March 2015 during UNESCO’s International Year of Light, Vicki partnered with the humanitarian organization Oxfam International in London’s Trafalgar Square to create and donate her signature work to raise awareness and shine a light on the 4th anniversary of the tragic Syrian conflict. 

 

EXHIBITIONS

SOLO

2015 East River Flows, NYC Art in the Parks, 60’x10’ photo banner on East River Esplanade & 116th Street, NYC, May 8-Aug 31

2014 Fountain Art Fair, NYC, March 7-9

2013 The Four Seasons Restaurant Lobby NYC, Woodward Gallery, NYC, April 1 - June 1

2013 Fountain Art Fair, NYC, March 8-10

2012 Times Square Arts: Midnight Moment, electronic billboards June 18-July 31, 2012

2011 Reverb, Able Fine Art NY Gallery, 511 W 25th Street, NYC

2008 Speed of Light, Flanders 311, 311 West Martin St. Raleigh, NC,

2006 Fluorescence, Art Gotham, 547 W 27th Street, NYC

2004 Non-Function Follows Form, Tompkins Gallery, Cedar Crest College, Allentown, PA

GROUP

2016-17 Equity Gallery Members Invitational, NYC, Dec 9-Jan 14, 2017

2016-17 Allentown X7, Allentown Art Museum, Nov 13-Feb 5, 2017

2016 INTERFERENCE International Light Art Project Tunis, Sept 1-4, 2016

2015 Possible Realities Two, Grossman Gallery, Lafayette College, July 12-August 15

2015 Art Miami New York, Cheryl Hazan Contemporary, May 14-17

2015 (un)SCENE Art Show, March 4-8

2014 SCOPE Miami Beach, Cheryl Hazan Contemporary, Dec 2- 7

2014 Thaw, Curated by Jill Conner, Dorsky Gallery, LIC, NY, Jan 19 - April 6

2013-2014 Rouge, Cheryl Hazan Gallery, Dec 14 - Jan 4

2013 CONTEXT Art Miami, Cheryl Hazan Gallery, Art Basel Miami Beach Dec 3 - 8

2013 The Language of Painting, Curated by Carol Salmanson, Lesley Heller Workspace, NYC, Oct 18 - Dec 2

2013 Femalenergy 3, Woodward Gallery, NYC May 4 - June 30

2013 Lingo, Cheryl Hazan Gallery, NYC March 13 - April 20

2013 Snap! Orlando Photography Festival May 2-5, headliner artist

2013 Real Time, Artist Studios, pop-up show 526 West 26th Street, NYC

2012 A Virtual Exhibition, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University Art Galleries, October 31-December 9, 2012

2011 Independence Day, Able Fine Art Gallery, Seoul, Korea

2011 Keystone Biennial, Silver Eye Center for Photography

2010 The Takeover, Art Whino, Art Basel Miami Beach

2010 Back to New York, HP Garcia Gallery, NYC

2010 Escape from New York, curated by Olympia Lambert, Paterson, NJ

2009 Currents in Contemporary Photography, Flanders Art Gallery, Raleigh, NC

2008 Refracted Planes: Vicki DaSilva & Mia Yoon, Flanders Art Gallery, Raleigh, NC

2008 Darkness, Darkness, Boston Convention & Exhibition Center

2008 PHOTOGRAPHY NOW 2008' Center for Photography at Woodstock, Juror: Darren Ching Creative Director, PDN and co-owner/co-director KLOMPCHING Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

 

AWARDS/RECOGNITION/SPECIAL PROJECTS

2016 ArtsQuest Foundation, Linny Awards, Visual Artist of the Year

2015 International Photography Awards, Lucie Foundation, Two Honorable Mentions, Moving Image & Night Photography

2015 OxFam International, Act with Syria: Turn the Lights on for Syria, London, March 15

2013 International Photography Awards, Lucie Foundation, Three Honorable Mentions, Fine Art & Night Photography

2012 International Photography Awards, Lucie Foundation, Honorable Mention, Night Photography

2012 Art Takes Times Square international competition Solo Grand Prize Winner from 35,000 entries.

2008 Hasselblad Masters '08 Semi-Finalist

2005 Allentown Art Museum, Third Place, 29th Annual Juried Show

2003 PA Council on the Arts, Visual Arts Photography Fellowship

2001 PA Council on the Arts, Visual Arts Photography Fellowship

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Paper: The Best Anti-Trump Art from Around the World, by Carlo McCormick, July 14, 2016

Huffington Post: Donald Trump ‘Loser,’ by Artist Vicki DaSilva, in Front of His Building, by
Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington, March 2, 2016

Artnet News: New York’s 15 Can’t Miss Summer Public Art Installations, by Sarah Cascone, July 15, 2015

The Wall Street Journal, NYC’s Newest Outdoor Art, June 9, 2015, by Susan Delson

Artnet News, Vicki DaSilva’s Light Graffiti Promotes Campaign for Syria, by Sarah Cascone, March 19, 2015

Artnet News, Artist Renders East River Flows in Light Graffiti, by Sarah Cascone, August 1, 2014

Photo District News Edu, 2013 Fall Edition, Feature, 'One to Watch'

Lehigh Valley Style Magazine, Feature: Making Her Mark with Light, April 2013

New York Times, Arts, cover, June 18, 2012

Whitehot Magazine, August 2011

New York Photo Review, Volume 2 Issue 29, July 20, 2011

Lenscratch.com, July 14, 2011

Culturecatch.com, The Sound You See Reverberating by Dominick Lombardi, June 2011

FrameMagazine.com, June 26, 2011

Missy Magazine, Germany, 2011

EnvironmentalGraffiti.com feature interview, April 28, 2009 by Karl Fabricius

FormatMag.com feature interview, October 7, 2008 by Christian Barclay

Light Art from Artificial Light, ZKM/Museum for Contemporary Art, Karlsruhe, Germany, 2006

 

EDUCATION

BFA, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, 1983