Pacifico Silano

Born 1986, Brooklyn, New York




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


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


Awards & Honors


Bronx Museum of the arts, AIM AT 80 White Street Artist Residency


BRIC Media Arts Fellowship


Lower East Side Print Shop, Key Holder Residency

New York Foundation of The Arts, Fellowship in  Photography

Light Work 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


Houston Center for Photography, Houston, Texas (Forthcoming)


Time Is An Ocean But It Ends At The Shore, Rubber-Factory, New York, NY (Forthcoming)

Fragment Gallery at Sunday Art Fair, London, UK

How To Disappear, Fragment Gallery, Moscow, RUS

Speaking Little, Perhaps Not A Word, Bronx Museum’s Block Gallery, New York, NY

After Silence, Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, Lancaster, PA


After Silence, Curated by Nathan Freeman, Stellar Projects, New York, NY


John John, Rubber-Factory, New York, NY.

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


Tear sheets, Baxter St. CCNY, New York, NY.


Against Nature, ClampArt, New York, NY.


Selected Group Exhibitions


Fantasy America, Curated by Jose diaz, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA. (Forthcoming)


LM Gallery at Art Verona, Verona, IT.

OFF Festival, Bratislava, SK.


BRIC Media arts fellowship screening, Bric, Brooklyn, NY.

Be Strong and Do Not Betray Your Soul: Selections from the Light Work Collection, Curated by For Freedoms, Light Work, Syracuse,NY.

Divina Comedia, Curated by Pedro Slim, Museo Universitario del Chopo, Mexico City, MX.

PHOTO LONDON, somerset House, London, UK.

Queer Tropics, Curated by Charlie Tatum, TRANSFORMER, WASHINGTON D.C.

New Voices: Recent Acquisitions from the Light work collection, The Palitz Gallery, New York, NY.


imagined communities,nationalism & violence, rubber-factory, New York, NY.

Queer Tropics, Curated by Charlie Tatum, Pelican Bomb, New Orleans, LA.

New Voices: Recent Acquisitions from the Light work collection, Light Work, Syracuse, NY.

theirs/ours/yours, Curated by Christian Hendricks, Video Revival, Brooklyn, NY.

Sun Screen, Curated by Paul John Jr., Lower East Side Printshop, New York, NY.

Night Fever, Curated by Emily Colucci, Future Tenant, Pittsburgh, PA.

NOW.AFTER, Front Art Space, New York, NY.

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

Coco Romack, The Queer Artists Rethinking What Makes a Body Beautiful, Out

Rowan Renee, Desire and Loss, from Stonewall to the AIDS Crisis, Aperture

9 Art Events to Attend in New York, ArtNews

Taylor Dafoe, Editors’ Picks: 19 Things Not to Miss in New York’s Art World This Week, Artnet

Zachary Small,”Queer Artist Claims Bal Harbour censored his photography,” Hyperallergic

Osman Can Yerebakan, "ARTSEEN, PACIFICO SILANO:AFTER SILENCE," The Brooklyn Rail

Chris Stewart, "Pacifico SILano-after silence," GAYLETTER

"Pacifico Silano at Stellar Projects,new york," artnews

"Pacifico Silano's after silence in new york," Blouin ArtINFO

Annie Rose Malamet, "Relevant: A PODCAST BY POSTURE MAGAZINE," Posture Magazine


Tristan lund, "The 7 breakthrough artists to discover at photo london," Wallpaper*

sarah roberts, "Photo London: ‘Can art be used as a vehicle to inspire change in society?,’British journal of Photography

Mark Jenkins, "In The galleries: queer tropics," Washington Post

John d'addario, "in the orbit of prospect.4: satellite shows round out the scene," the new orleans advocate

"volta ny 2017: building true relationships through art," artsy

emma e k jones, "pacifico silano - Fantasy America! -an interview," kaltblut

Audra Lambert, "Flashlight/Pacifico Silano/Rubber-Factory," CRUSHfanzine

Emily Colucci, "Tell Me I'm Your National Anthem: Pacifico Silano's 'John John,'" Filthy Dreams

John Russell, "The Queer Artist Revisiting Tabloid Sexualization of John F. Kennedy, Jr." OUT

Fitale Wari, "Night Fever explores the disco era of 1970s," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"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

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

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

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,” ARTFORUM

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

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

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



Tiffany Jow, “After The Silence,” Surface Magazine, ISSUE #150

Jimmy Olney, “Pacifico looks back,” Gayletter, Issue #9, p. 34-39

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

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

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

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

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


ICP bard, The Dinner: An Open Conversation

Fashion institute of technology - photography department

School of Visual Arts - MFA Photography, video & related media

School of Visual arts - bfa photography

Pace University

SUNY Oswego - New York State Summer School of the Arts (Media Program)

Bronx Museum of The Arts - 1040 lounge


Ellsworth Kelly Foundation

Light Work Collection

San Fransisco Museum of Modern Art Library

Whitney Museum of American Art Library

International Center of photography library

University of Pennsylvania LIBRARY

Harvard University Library