Filipe Rocha da Silvaprint

MFA Graduate Seminar in Studio Art: Studio Co-Requisite I (First Year)
MFA Graduate Seminar in Studio Art: Studio Co-Requisite II (First Year)
Summer Low-Residency MFA in Studio Art Graduate Seminar: Contemporary Practices I

Filipe Rocha da Silva

Doctorate in Visual Arts, University of Évora, Portugal, Filipe has taught there since 1999, where he headed Visual Arts Research at the Centro de História da Arte e Investigação Artística. He received a BA from the Fine Arts Academy in Lisbon in 1980 and MFA in Printmaking from Pratt Institute in 1984. He has had one-person exhibitions in Lisbon, Porto, Palma de Maiorca, Rabat, Paris, New York, and Florence and participated in group exhibitions in Portugal, Spain, Greece, Germany, Monaco, China, and the USA. His paintings, drawings, and prints are in major museums and government collections in Portugal and Spain, and articles on his work have been published in a number of Portuguese and Spanish periodicals. His essays on both art and art criticism have appeared in newspapers, journals, and books in both Europe and the USA.

Teaching Philosophy

I strongly believe that students should be fully immersed in the awareness of personal practice within the contemporary debate--an essential tenet of SACI's MFA in Studio Art program. Personal practice must include intensive work so that we, as contemporary artists, can achieve proficiency in the expanding a number of actions and techniques that are now called art. It also requires a certain amount of introspection so that we can increase our self-knowledge as a means of creating unique works that add to what has already been so brilliantly accomplished. Engagement with the contemporary debate is crucial to gauging our public, the social impact of our artwork, and how this work will contribute to the kind of change we believe is necessary. When we approach art not as vertically chronological but as transversally present, the contemporary debate can be said to include our work as well--and the different layers of artistic production that are so richly present in the Florentine experience.


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