The ceramics and drawings of Sylvia Fragoso exude a vitality, sincerity and reverence that reflect the deep care that went into their creation, and the many years that the artist has single-mindedly dedicated to her craft.
Sylvia started making art in her early twenties after joining NIAD. Over the last thirty years she has produced hundreds of clay sculptures: spiritually-inspired monuments that possess a humble beauty and strange power; mysterious clusters with crucifixes atop them that testify to her devout Catholicism, and crumbling towers, some with spiky projections jutting out from their thickly glazed exteriors.
Likewise, her drawings are striking in their originality and conviction, evincing a brilliantly intuitive grasp of color and design. These mesmerizing abstractions and swirling striations – sometimes embedded with religious symbols – pulsate with color and energy, like mosaics that have burst open into hallucinatory vortices.
Sylvia has exhibited globally at numerous galleries and art fairs, and her work resides in many private collections.
recent exhibition history
Mayor Tom Butt Selects The Art Of NIAD// Richmond Mayor’s Suite Richmond 2017
Curious Weave // organized by Ramekon O’Arwisters NIAD Art Center 2016
Cities In Mind // organized by Kathleen King NIAD Art Center 2016
Pillow Fight! // NIAD Art Center 2016
Celebrating A Vision: Art & Disability // San Francisco International Airport Terminal Three 2016
Hold Onto Your Structures : The Ceramics of Sylvia Fragoso // NIAD Art Center 2016
Hanging By A Thread, organized by Katie Johnson // Yali’s Café Stanley Hall Berkeley 2016
Disability Awareness Month // Fenwick & West San Francisco, Menlo Park and Seattle 2015
We Can Do It! // Hurwich Library, Alliant University San Francisco 2015
Absence of Deliberate Silence // organized by Lacey Haslam NIAD Art Center 2015
Wrapped Up In You: NIAD’s Quilts // NIAD Art Center 2015
Telling It Slant // organized by Courtney Eldridge Richmond Art Center 2015
Assemble: A NIAD Art Center Project With Nina Zurier // organized by Nina Zurier NIAD Art Center 2015
Making Friends // organized by John Casey NIAD Art Center 2015
Visions et Créations Dissidents Musée de la Création Franche // Bégles 2014
The Wild Ones // Women’s Cancer Resource Center Oakland California 2014
The Wild Bunch // NIAD Art Center 2014
City In Motion // NIAD Art Center 2014
Outsider Art Inside The Beltway // Art Enables Washington DC 2013
Yes To The Dress Pop-Up Shop // organized by Peter Gravener NIAD Art Center 2013
Mud, Honey // NIAD Art Center 2013
Diamond Dogs Pet Supply // NIAD Art Center 2013
You Are Here // organized by Robert Wuilfe NIAD Art Center 2013
Holiday Pop Up Shop And Lounge // NIAD Art Center 2012
Savant Garde: Wisdom Beyond Words: The Art of Sylvia Fragoso (2015, July)
Making Handmade Books Blog: Telling It Slant (2015, July)