Vicki DaSilva is a light graffiti and light painting pioneer. She has been making single frame time exposure photographs at night since 1980. She is credited with the term ‘light graffiti’ as well as being the first artist to make deliberate text light graffiti photographs beginning in 1980 with her photograph titled Cash.
Her photographs are created at night, live and on location. These images are made possible through processes of recording that are unique to photography. The execution time varies in duration from minutes to hours per photograph.
DaSilva moved to NYC in 1983 after receiving her BFA from Kutztown University of PA. While at KU she met Keith Haring, a Kutztown, PA native. She was heavily influenced by the convergence of street and graffiti art during the birth of hip-hop that created a lasting graffiti love affair with light replacing spray paint.
DaSilva did an internship and worked as an assistant for several years with internationally acclaimed video and performance artist Joan Jonas. Through Jonas she was introduced to many historically significant artists including Richard Serra, for whom she worked as a personal assistant throughout the 80’s. Her first full time job in NYC was as photographer Gary Schneider’s first darkroom assistant.
Her exploration of light graffiti and light painting as a multi-disciplinary, time-based art form anchored in the photographic process continues to push boundaries of intervention art. The historical impact of DaSilva’s work as it relates to both photography and text art has yet to be determined. Her signature style is easily recognized.
Vicki DaSilva's work has been featured in group and solo exhibitions at Woodward Gallery, The Four Seasons Restaurant, Cheryl Hazan Contemporary, Snap! Orlando, Art Basel Miami Beach, Fountain Art Fair NYC, Able Fine Art NY, HP Garcia Gallery, Art Gotham, Architectural Digest Home Design Show NYC, Center for Photography at Woodstock, NY, Flanders Art Gallery Raleigh, NC and Silver Eye Center for Photography, Pittsburgh, PA, among many others. Her work has appeared in catalogs including Light Art from Artificial Light, ZKM Museum for Contemporary Art, Karlsruhe, Germany. In 2012 Vicki was the Solo Grand Prize Winner from 35,000 entrees of the Art Takes Times Square international competition. She has done projects with Reebok in 2011 and Red Bull in 2013. Vicki DaSilva is a two time PA Council on the Arts Fellowship recipient for photography. Her work is in numerous private and public collections.