Dr. Filipe
Rocha da Silva

Director of SACI’s MFA in Studio Art program, Dr. Filipe Rocha da Silva has exhibited, studied, and taught internationally throughout his career. His essays on both art and art criticism have appeared in newspapers, journals, and books in both Europe and the USA.

Dr. Filipe Rocha da Silva is the Director of the MFA in Studio Art Program at SACI. He previously taught at the University of Évora, Portugal from 1999 to 2016, where he headed Visual Arts Research at the Centro de História da Arte e Investigação Artística.

He has had one-person exhibitions in Lisbon, Porto, Palma de Maiorca, Rabat, Paris, New York, and Florence, and has 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.

Dr. Filipe Rocha da Silva has a BA, Fine Arts Academy in Lisbon; MFA in Printmaking, Pratt Institute; Doctorate in Visual Arts, University of Évora, Portugal.

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.

"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." –Filipe Rocha da Silva

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