Vicki DaSilva manually draws with lamps on location to create text and/or ribbon like sheets of light. Her practice is a time-based art form anchored in the traditional photographic process which also includes elements of performance, intervention and public art happenings.
Through the still camera’s time exposure process of recording that is unique to photography, these light painting and light graffiti photographs are produced at night or in darkened interior spaces. The fact that the work is ephemeral, leaves no physical trace of having existed and has a zero footprint environmentally is fundamental to her work. When working within the public realm a spontaneous collaboration between the public and the artist sparks a dialogue between artist and accidental participants.
DaSilva's work also taps into the creative awareness of artistic practice and social activism. Sharing her images and videos online as a form of solidarity, protest, and awareness of social and political issues keeps her engaged with current events and our world at large.
Vicki DaSilva is the original light graffiti artist and is credited with coining the term 'light graffiti'. Originally from Allentown, PA she received her BFA from Kutztown University. She spent the next ten years in NYC under the influence of both the birth of hip hop/graffiti/street art--including iconic artist Keith Haring whom she knew from Kutztown--and working for pioneers of performance and minimalism art such as heavyweights Joan Jonas and Richard Serra and interacting with their respective peers. She met her husband, Antonio, while on her first trip to Paris. He is an electrician and they have been collaborating in art and love for 30 years. They left NYC for Portugal and Paris where they welcomed two daughters before returning to PA where they have remained.
DaSilva’s work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions at Crypt Gallery London, Equity Gallery NYC, Gilles Clement Gallery, Haas Art Advisory, Interference International Light Art Project Tunis, Nuit Blanche Haiti, Allentown Art Museum, NYC Art in the Parks, Art New York, SCOPE Miami Beach, Dorsky Curatorial Projects, Lesley Heller Workspace, Woodward Gallery, Snap! Orlando Photo Festival, NADA Art Fair, Context Art Miami, Fountain Art Fair, Center for Photography at Woodstock, Silver Eye Center for Photography, among many others. She has worked with Reebok, Red Bull & Bacardi brands. In 2012 DaSilva was the solo winner of the international competition Art Takes Times Square that resulted in her work being featured on the cover of the New York Times Arts section as well as inclusion in the Times Square Midnight Moment art program. In March 2015 during UNESCO’s International Year of Light, Vicki partnered with and donated her work to the humanitarian organization Oxfam International in London’s Trafalgar Square to create her signature work to raise awareness and shine a light on the 4th anniversary of the continuing tragic Syrian conflict.