Pacifico Silano

Born 1986, Brooklyn, New York




2012    MFA in Photo, Video and Related Media: School of Visual Arts, New York, NY.

2008    BFA in Photography: Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, Lancaster, PA.


Awards & Honors


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


Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Artist Award, Nominee.

Baxter Street, CCNY Workspace Residency, New York, NY.


John Gutmann Photography Fellowship Award, Nominee.


Aperture Portfolio Prize - Finalist/Runner Up.

The Bronx Museum of The Arts, Artist in The Marketplace Program.


Aaron Siskind Foundation, Individual Photographer’s Fellowship

Pride Photo Award, First Prize, Open Category, Amsterdam, Netherlands.


Solo Exhibitions


Arrangements, Rubber-Factory @ VOLTA, New York, NY.


Tearsheets, Baxter St. CCNY, New York, NY.


Against Nature, ClampArt, New York, NY.


Selected Group Exhibitions


Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:, Curated by Patrick McNabb, Re:Art, Brooklyn, NY


Like Smoke, Curated by Osman Can Yerebakan, Equity Gallery, New York, NY.

New Flesh, Curated by Efrem Zelony-Mindell, Rubber Factory, New York, NY.

High Summer, Foley Gallery, New York, NY.

Art AIDS America, The Bronx Museum of The Arts, Bronx, NY.

Re:Context: An Exhibition About Appropriation, Colorado Photographic Arts Center, Denver, CO.

Art AIDS America, The Zuckerman Museum of Art, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw ,GA.


OFF_Festival, “Intervening Histories,” curated by Saul Robbins, Pisztory Palace, Bratislava, SK.

Art AIDS America, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA.


The Armory Show, Aperture Gallery Booth, New York, NY.


The Bronx Museum of The Arts, Bronx Calling: 2nd AIM Biennial, Bronx, NY.


"Curator's Choice", CONTEXT Art Miami, ClampArt Booth, Miami, FL.

 Pride Photo Award Exhibition. Oude Kerk, Amsterdam, NL.

Into The Woods, ClampArt. New York, NY.


ARTribe Benefit Auction, Swiss Institute, New York, NY.


1212 Gallery National Juried Photography Exhibition, 1212 Gallery. Richmond, VA.


Selected Bibliography


Ghosts, Missed Connections, and More Must-See Art Shows, Bedford & Bowery

"Meet Four Emerging Artists At VOLTA NY in These GalleryLog Video Previews," ArtSlant

Emily Colucci, "VOLTA: Skip The Booths, Head to "Your Body is a Battleground," ArtFCity

Zi Ying, "Art Walk:Volta," S Magazine

Desiree Mitton, "VOLTA NY is International in Scope, Refreshing in its Digestibility," Whitewall Magazine

Efrem Zelony-Mindell, "Pacifico Silano's Arrangements at NYC's VOLTA," Huffington Post



Nicole Disser, "An Art Show Where Queer Bodies are Phantasmagoric, Vanishing and Void," Bedford & Bowery

Danielle Wu, "Blow by Blow: Like Smoke at Equity Gallery," Filthy Dreams

Jon Feinstein, "The 17 Best Socially Concerned Photobooks of 2016," Humble Arts Foundation 

Yael Malka, "25 Captivating Photographers Whose Work You Need In Your Life," The Fader 

Miriam Pensack, “After Orlando Massacre, Queer Art Takes a Political Turn,” The Intercept   

Patrick D. McDermott, Leah Mandel, “14 Very Cool Things You Need To Do At NYABF,” The Fader

Marvin Heiferman, “Second Time Around…,” Tear Sheets, Silent Face Projects & Dashwood Books

Emily Colucci, Where Does Queer Art Go Without An Ideal Sexualized Body?’ Filthy Dreams

Priscilla Frank, “This is What a Feminist Porn Magazine Looks Like,” Huffington Post

Holland Cotter, "Art of the AIDS Years: What Took Museums So Long?" New York Times           

Stav Ziv, "Exhibit at Bronx Museum Explores the Influence of HIV/AIDS on American Art," Newsweek

Howard Halle, "10 NYC Artists 35 and Under You Should Know," Time Out New York

Matthew Terrell. “Review:”Art AIDS America” retrospectively shows us the face of an epidemic,”Arts ATL

Vince Aletti, “Goings on About Town: Art,” The New Yorker

Efrem Zelony-Mindell, “Pacifico Silano Uses Forgotten Gay Porn to Create New Queer History,”VICE



Juliana Halpert, “Critics’ Pick, Pacifico Silano,” ART FORUM

Jonathan David Katz & Rock Hushka, Art AIDS America, University of Washington Press,pp.265

T.S. Flock, “Lessons in Beauty, History and Mercy: Art AIDS America at TAM,”Vanguard Seattle,

Osman Yerebakan, “Pacifico Silano: Exploring Homosexual History,” Art Report

Emily Colucci, “Resurrecting the Gay History of the Holocaust,” VICE

Christopher Harrity, “In The Galleries, Against Nature” The Advocate



Elisabeth Biondi, "Portfolio," Photograph Magazine, May/June 2014. 40-45.



"Dear Uncle Frank: A Photographer’s Exploration of Gay Myths and Family Truths,"TIME LightBox

Deanna Lee, “Bronx Calling: The Second AIM Biennial, Dominie Press, (catalog)

Denise Wolf, "Aperture Portfolio Prize Winners, - Runner-Up: Pacifico Silano.”


Bruno Ceschel, "Self Publish, Be Naughty," SPBH Book. London, UK. September 2011.