Eliseo Art Silva is a contemporary artist internationally known for the Gintong Kasaysayan Filipinotown mural, heralded as the largest, “most famous Filipino American artwork” (Ling, Austin, 2010) in the country. LA Weekly recognized the LA Filipino mural as one of the 20 iconic murals of Los Angeles. Silva was born in Manila, Philippines and graduated with full honors at the Philippine High School for the Arts. He immigrated to the United States at 17 and obtained a BFA at Otis College of Art and Design. He received his MFA at the Maryland Institute College of Art and was recognized with a Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant Program Award. In addition to LA, he has also worked on public art commissions in Philadelphia, Seattle, Alaska, NY, and Vallejo, CA. Silva designed the Western Gateway to Historic Filipinotown, the dap-ay learning circle with the terraced community garden at Unidad Park; and two award-winning floats for the Philippine participation in the Rose Parade in Pasadena to commemorate the Philippine Centennial. Eliseo’s most recent commissions include a series of paintings for the Mabuhay Credit Union in the City of Carson, CA and the ceiling/wall murals and paintings for the University of Pittsburgh’s Philippine Nationality Room.
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