Two of my paintings are currently being shown at Whitespace Gallery, Hackettstown, NJ

View of Whitespace Gallery in Hackettstown, NJ

Where: Whitespace Art & Event Gallery, 47 US Highway 46, Suite 3 Hackettstown, NJ 07840
Phone: (908) 451-7364

The Immigrants” and “Too Much Energy on an Oppressively Hot Day” are currently on display at Whitespace Gallery in Hackettstown, NJ. This gallery exhibits artists of varied styles and themes working in different mediums: painting, sculpture and jewelry. All artworks are created by artists local to the area. It’s a large space with multiple exhibition areas.

Jersey City Times: The 11 Best Shows of 2021

Art reviewer Tris McCall wrote an article for the online newspaper, Jersey City Times. He listed his top pics of the 11 best Jersey City art exhibitions of 2021. It’s an informative, and interesting read, but more importantly, an exhibition I was part of was ranked as number 6: “The Empowering: A Social Justice Exhibition” . I was even happier to find out that my name was mentioned in this article. You can find the article here.

Pro Arts Jersey City presents “Salon des Refusés” at ART150 Gallery

Francisco Silva in front of his paintings at Salon des Refuses in Jersey City

When: November 6- December 1
Opening Reception: Saturday November 6, 1-4pm
Where: ART150 Gallery, 150 Bay Street Suite 265, Jersey City, NJ

Curated by PE Pinkman

In 1863 the first Salon des Refusés (Exhibition of the Rejects) was held in Paris to show work that had been refused by the selection committee of the official Salon… major artists represented included Manet, Cézanne, Camille Pissarro, and Whistler. No one can argue that in the end those artists did okay, art historically speaking!

Every working artist knows the pain of being rejected from exhibitions, especially from well-respected venues. Although it is difficult to not take rejection personally, inclusion is not the only metric of merit!

This year, Art Fair 14C drew an outstanding number of applicants, forcing the fair to reject many strong submissions. In celebration of these artists, Pro Arts is pleased to present “Salon Des Refuses.”

I’m exhibiting four paintings in this exhibition. Three of which are part of my “Racial Profiling” series that I’m continuing to work on. All four are pictured above.

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“Inside Montclair” talks with the award winners of ViewPoints 2021 at Studio Montclair

Wayne Robbins of “Inside Montclair” interviews Susana Baker, director of Studio Montclair. He also interviews the first and third place winners and discusses their winning pieces. I won second place in this exhibition but was unable to make it to this video shoot as I was stuck behind a major accident on Route 78. Susan Baker discusses my two submissions in my absence.

My painting wins second place at the 2021 ViewPoints exhibit at Studio Montclair

When: April 23 – May 28, 2021
Where: Studio Montclair, Montclair, NJ

My painting “The Benefits of Bias 2” won second place at the Studio Montclair’s “ViewPoints 2021” exhibition. I was lucky enough to have two paintings selected: “The Benefits of Bias 1” and “The Benefits of Bias 2“. Studio Montclair director Susana Baker begins by talking about the philosophy behind this yearly show and the juror, Eleanna Anagnos, discusses her approach to selecting all the works. This video walks through the entire exhibition highlighting some works and ends with the juror giving the awards. The Benefits of Bias 1” was sold at this exhibition.

The Empowering: A Social Justice Exhibition at Art150 Gallery

When: Febuary 6 – March 21, 2021
Where: ART150 Gallery, Jersey City, NJ

This is a video by News 12 reporting on “The Empowering: A Social Justice Exhibition” organized by Pro Arts Jersey City. My oil painting titled “The Immigrants” is highlighted in the video. Kudos to artist Danielle Scott for curating this moving and thought-provoking exhibition.

Curatorial Talk: “Power, Privilege, and Everyday Life” at Studio Montclair

When: January 15 – February 19, 2021
Where: Studio Montclair, Montclair, NJ

A curatorial talk by artist Theda Sandiford who curated this exhibition. The video walks us through the exhibition and then Theda talks about several artworks including my painting “The Lack of Privilege“. I was lucky enough to have my painting sold at the exhibition.