Prof. Patricia Silva, MFA SRISA Full Time Professor of Fine Arts
“ In my teaching, I try to share with my students a broad vocabulary of techniques that they can then utilize to give voice to their imaginations. Through mutual questioning and exploration, I hope to facilitate and enliven my students’ search for their individual artistic vision.
Patricia Silva received a BFA in Art History/Studio Arts from the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston and a MFA in Book Arts/Printmaking from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She has also studied at the Centro del Bel Libro in Ascona, Switzerland.
Silva worked for 10 years as a graphic designer and art director in the publication industry before her interests led her to the field of Book Arts. She interned in the book conservation labs of the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia under Hedi Kyle and of the Library Company in Philadelphia. Silva currently lives and works in Florence, Italy where she teaches for SRISA and runs a private studio specializing in custom bookworks and limited edition artist’s books.
In 1998 Silva was named a Maestra Rilegatore in the International Bookbinding Competition “100 Maestri Rilegatori per L’Infinito.” Silva’s work may be found in several collections both in the US and in Italy.