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

2016    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

2015    Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Artist Award, Nominee.

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

2014    John Gutmann Photography Fellowship Award, Nominee.

2013    Aperture Portfolio Prize - Finalist/Runner Up.

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

2012    Aaron Siskind Foundation, Individual Photographer’s Fellowship

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


Solo Exhibitions

2016    Tearsheets, Baxter St. CCNY, New York, NY.

2015    Against Nature, ClampArt, New York, NY.


Selected Group Exhibitions

2016    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.

2015   OFF_Festival, “Intervening Histories,” curated by Saul Robbins, Pisztory Palace, Bratislava, SK.

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

2014    The Armory Show, Aperture Gallery Booth, New York, NY.

2013    The Bronx Museum of The Arts, Bronx Calling: 2nd AIM Biennial, Bronx, NY.

2012    "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.

2009    ARTribe Benefit Auction, Swiss Institute, New York, NY.

2007    1212 Gallery National Juried Photography Exhibition, 1212 Gallery. Richmond, VA.


Selected Bibliography

       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.