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Artist Statement

I am an interdisciplinary artist, interested in the role that art plays in the human need to connect. My work investigates connection on multiple levels; socially, environmentally and culturally.

My creative process is multilayered which includes experimentation with medium, color, line, repetition, and form. In my studio practice, I combine traditional methods of drawing and painting with experimental techniques in printmaking and collage, finding a balance between representational and abstract. My work has gradually grown into the public realm as part of my social practice.

My work is fueled by my curiosity of understanding the context of the site and its relationship to the way the public engages with that space. Each art piece I create involves a meaningful investigation of the unique social and historical background that makes up a place. The imagery that I select is intended to celebrate, inform and inspire connection with each ecosystem. My approach to mural design incorporates layered graphic elements juxtaposed with a more realistic rendered style. The visual collective is meant to be approachable and understood by diverse audiences.

When executing large-scale work I employ female artists to strengthening the comradery and community among women in the public art realm; empowering women and girls to take up space through visual art.


Dominican-American Silvia López Chavez is a Boston based artist. She believes in the power of the creative process as an agent for positive change and uses art as a vehicle for connection.

Silvia is a seasoned community-based artist and a frequent collaborator with urban planners, architects, non-profits, developers, and activists. Public art projects include murals on the Charles River Esplanade in tandem with Now + There Inc., Harvard University, Northeastern University, Punto Urban Art Museum, Barr Foundation, HUBweek, Boston Children’s Museum, Underground InkBlock and the Cambridge Public Library. Her work has received recognition through grants and residencies including New England Foundation for the Arts, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston Children’s Hospital, Vermont Studio Center and Google.

Silvia holds a BFA in Illustration from the Massachusetts College of Art & Design, and an associate Fine Arts degree from Altos de Chavon the School of Design in DR. In addition to her fine art practice, she is an award-winning design professional, working with high-profile companies and institutions. She continues her studio practice at Atlantic Works Artist Studios in East Boston.

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