Instructor Spotlight: Pacifico Silano

Pacifico Silano is a lens-based artist whose work is an exploration of print culture, the circulation of imagery and LGBTQ identity. Born in Brooklyn, NY, he received his MFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts. His work has been exhibited in group shows, including shows at the Bronx Museum, Tacoma Art Museum, Oude Kerk in Amsterdam, and ClampArt in New York City. He has had solo shows at ClampArt and Baxter [email protected]

Reviews of his work have appeared in The New Yorker, Artforum, Newsweek and The New York Times. He is a winner of the Individual Photographer’s Fellowship from the Aaron Siskind Foundation and a Finalist for the Aperture Foundation Portfolio Prize. He was chosen as an Artist in Residence at Light Work in Syracuse, NY, granted a Workspace Residency at Baxter Street CCNY, and was a Key Holder Resident at the Lower East Side Printshop. He is a 2016 fellow in Photography with the New York Foundation for the Arts.

Pacifico Silano teaches the following FIT Precollege Classes:
HPH 169: Fundamentals of Digital Photography & Photoshop

Teaching Philosophy:
I always encourage my students to identify what it is they are most passionate about and challenge them to find ways to put that into their art. When you care about what you are photographing, people will notice.

Industry Experience/Recent Exhibitions:

Solo Exhibitions
John John, Rubber-Factory, New York, NY.
Arrangements, Rubber-Factory @ VOLTA, New York, NY.
Tearsheets, Baxter St. CCNY, New York, NY.
Against Nature, ClampArt, New York, NY.

Group Exhibitions
PHOTO LONDON, somerset House, London, UK.
New Voices: Recent Acquisitions from the Light work collection, Light Work, Syracuse, NY.
Sun Screen, Lower East Side Printshop, New York, NY.
Night Fever, Future Tenant, Pittsburgh, Pa.
High Summer, Foley Gallery, New York, NY.
Art AIDS America, The Bronx Museum of The Arts, Bronx, NY.

Lower East Side Print Shop, Key Holder Residency
New York Foundation of The Arts, Fellowship in Photography
Lightwork Artist-in-Residence, Syracuse, NY.
Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, Alumni Microgrant Recipient
Baxter Street, CCNY Workspace Residency, New York, NY.
Aperture Portfolio Prize – Finalist/Runner Up.
The Bronx Museum of The Arts, Artist in The Marketplace Program.
Aaron Siskind Foundation, Individual Photographer’s Fellowship

Selected Bibliography
“volta ny 2017: building true relationships through art,” Artsy
Vince Aletti, “Goings on About Town: Art,” The New Yorker
Holland Cotter, “Art of the AIDS Years: What Took Museums So Long?” New York Times
Juliana Halpert, “Critics’ Pick, Pacifico Silano,” ART FORUM

Selected Works: