Esmeralda Silva

Esmeralda Silva is an artist who enjoys the process of making art and exploring the qualities of a specific material. Silva has primarily worked in painting, drawing, fiber and ceramics, with an eye towards expanding her jewelry-making practice in the future. 

Silva wants to make art to cheer people up. Her favorite symbols are the heart and home, sharing “It’s nice to draw a house.” Sometimes her landscapes include self portraits and sometimes the female figures are from her imagination—she doesn’t always have a person in mind. She is interested in making people in doll form too, an approach she learned from former NIAD Studio Facilitator Maria Guzmán Capron. 

A sense of fun and an element of play are intrinsic to Silva’s work. She likes to play around and just see what she can make, rather than having a formal plan laid out for a work beforehand. Large scale work is interesting to Silva since there’s “more space to create,”  according to her. Additionally, Silva has shared that NIAD Studio Facilitator Andres Cisneros-Galindo has been supportive in her practice, saying that most importantly he makes her laugh. 

Silva is frequently inspired by the beauty of nature and animals in her work, often depicting gardens, birds, butterflies and horses. She admires how calm and beautiful horses are and would one day like to learn to ride them. 

 // Esmeralda’s available work //


recent exhibition history

NIAD Art Center x Mills Building // Mills Building, San Francisco // February – June 2022

WIN WIN 10 Silent Auction Preview Exhibition // NIAD Gallery Exhibition // February 2022

A Year Through the Windows: A Retrospective of NIAD’s 2021 Windows Exhibitions // NIAD Online Exhibition // December 2021

Turn To Stone, organized by Em Kettner // NIAD Gallery Exhibition // 2019

Where They Want To Go, organized by Erin McCluskey Wheeler // NIAD Gallery Exhibition // January 2019

Exquisite Corpse: CG x CE x NIAD // NIAD Gallery Exhibition // November 2018

Give A Little Take A Little: Real Time & Space at NIAD, organized By Lexa Walsh // NIAD Gallery Exhibition // 2018