Pacifico Silano

Born in 1986 in Brooklyn, New York.

Received his MFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts.

Pacifico Silano is a lens-based artist whose work is an exploration of print culture, the circulation of imagery and LGBTQ identity. His work has been exhibited in group shows, including at the Bronx Museum; Tacoma Art Museum, Oude Kerk in Amsterdam and ClampArt in New York City. He has had solo shows at ClampArt, Baxter ST@CCNY, Rubber-Factory and Stellar Projects, NYC.

Reviews of his work have appeared in The New Yorker, Artforum, Washington Post 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 in NY and at AIM at 80 White Street at The Bronx Museum, 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. In 2018 Silano got The BRIC Media Arts Fellowship.

In November 2019 the artist’s works were acquired for the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art (New York).
A selection of his work will be included in the forthcoming exhibition «Fantasy America» at The Warhol Museum in 2020.


2012 School of Visual Arts, MFA in Photo, Video and Related Media (New York, USA)
2008 Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, BFA in Photography (Lancaster, USA)

Solo exhibitions:

2020 Houston Center for Photography (forthcoming) (Houston, USA)
2020 “The Eyelid Has Its Storms…”, Light Work, Syracuse (New York, USA)
2019 “Time Is An Ocean But It Ends At The Sea”, Rubber-Factory (New York, USA)
2019 “How To Disappear”, Fragment Gallery (Moscow, Russia)
2019 “Speaking Little, Perhaps Not A Word”, The Bronx Museum of the Arts Block Gallery, (New York, USA)
2018 “After Silence”, Pennsylvania College of Art & Design (Lancaster, USA)
2018 “After Silence”, Stellar Projects (New York, USA)
2017 “John John”, Rubber-Factory (New York, USA)
2017 “Arrangements”, Rubber-Factory @ VOLTA (New York, USA)
2016 “Tear Sheets”, Baxter St. CCNY (New York, USA)
2015 “Against Nature”, ClampArt (New York,USA)

Awards and Honors:

2020 Silver Art Projects, Artist Residency (New York, USA)
2019 The Bronx Museum of The Arts, AIM at 80 White Street Artist Residency (New York, USA)
2018 BRIC Media Arts Fellowship (New York, USA)
2016 Lower East Side Printshop, Keyholder Residency (New York, USA)
2016 New York Foundation of The Arts, Fellowship in Photography (New York, USA)
2016 Lightwork Artist-in-Residence (New York, USA)
2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, Alumni Microgrant Recipient (New York, USA)
2015 Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Artist Award, Nominee (New York, USA)
2015 Baxter Street, CCNY Workspace Residency (New York, USA)
2014 John Gutmann Photography Fellowship, Nominee
2013 Aperture Portfolio Prize – Finalist/Runner Up (New York, USA)
2013 The Bronx Museum of The Arts, Artist in The Marketplace Program (New York, USA)
2012 Aaron Siskind Foundation, Individual Photographer’s Fellowship (New York, USA)
2012 Pride Photo Award, First Prize, Open Category (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Selected group exhibitions:

2020 “Fantasy America”, Andy Warhol Museum (forthcoming) (Pittsburgh, USA)
2019 LM Gallery, Art Verona (Verona, Italy)
2019 OFF_Festival (Bratislava, Slovakia)
2018 BRIC Media arts fellowship screening, BRIC (New York, USA)
2018 “Be Strong and Do Not Betray Your Soul”, Light Work (New York, USA)
2018 “DIVINA COMEDIA”, Curated by Pedro Slim, Museo Universitario del Chopo (Mexico City, Mexico)
2018 “Photo London”, Somerset House (London, UK)
2018 “Queer Tropics, curated by Charlie Tatum, Transformer (Washington, D.C., USA)
2018 “New Voices: Recent Acquisitions From The Light Work Collection”, Palitz Gallery, (New York, USA)
2017 “Queer Tropics”, curated by Charlie Tatum, Pelican Bomb (New Orleans, USA)
2017 “New Voices: Recent Acquisitions From The Light Work Collection”, Light Work, (New York, USA)
2017 “OCCUPY MANA: Friends in Solidarity”, curated by Phong Bui, Mana Contemporary (Jersey City, USA)
2017 “Theirs/ours/yours”, Curated by Christian Hendricks, Video Revival (New York, USA)
2017 “Sun Screen”, curated by Paul John, Lower East Side PrintShop (New York, USA)
2017 “Night Fever”, curated by Emily Colucci, Future Tenant (Pittsburgh, USA)
2017 “NOW.AFTER”, Front Art Space (New York, USA)
2017 “Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:”, curated by Patrick McNabb, Re:Art (New York, USA)
2016 “Like Smoke”, Equity Gallery (New York,USA)
2016 “New Flesh”, Rubber Factory (New York, USA)
2016 “High Summer”, Foley Gallery (New York, USA)
2016 “Art AIDS America”, The Bronx Museum of The Arts (New York, USA)
2016 “Re:Context: An Exhibition About Appropriation”, Colorado Photographic Arts Center (Denver, USA)
2016 “Art AIDS America”, The Zuckerman Museum of Art, Kennesaw State University, (Kennesaw, USA)
2015 “Intervening Histories” curated by Saul Robbins, OFF_Festival, Pisztory Palace (Bratislava, Slovakia)
2015 “Art AIDS America”, Tacoma Art Museum (Tacoma, USA)
2014 Aperture Gallery Booth, The Armory Show (New York, USA)
2013 Bronx Calling: 2nd AIM Biennial, The Bronx Museum of The Arts (New York, USA)
2012 Curator’s Choice, CONTEXT Art Miami, ClampArt Booth (Miami, USA)
2012 Pride Photo Award Exhibition, Oude Kerk (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
2012 Into The Woods, ClampArt (New York, USA)
2009 ARTribe Benefit Auction, Swiss Institute (New York, USA)
2007 1212 Gallery National Juried Photography Exhibition, 1212 Gallery (Richmond, USA)