Los Angeles, CA – Filipino-American artist Eliseo Art Silva’s first solo exhibition in Los Angeles is one of the “must see” destinations at the LAs Downtown Artwalk on October 10, 2013. The show entitled “Mga Bulong ng Babaylan: Whispers of the Shaman,” which will feature some thirty pieces of his work, is running until October 31 at Papi’s Pizzeria and Gallery at 109 E. 8th St., Los Angeles, CA 90014.
Silva’s show coincides with Filipino-American History Month which is held annually in October. This year’s theme, “Hands that Built America,” is particularly significant as it celebrates the centennial birth anniversary of an important Filipino-American figure, Larry Dulay Itliong – catalyst and leader of the 1965 Delano Grape Strike. He was born on October 25, 1913. The exhibition is dedicated to his legacy and to the 1,500 Filipino farm workers that marched from Delano to Sacramento to fight for social justice and a better life in the 60’s.
Silva is well known for his mural “Filipino-Americans: A Glorious History, A Golden Legacy” which is located at the heart of Historic Filipinotown in Los Angeles. Born in 1972 in Manila, Philippines, Silva moved with his family to the U.S. in 1989. He was educated at Riverside Community College, Otis College of Art and Design where he obtained his B.F.A. and Maryland Institute College of Art’s Hoffberger School of Painting under the auspices of Grace Hartigan and Dominique Nahas where he received his M.F.A.
The exhibition is sponsored by Papi’s Pizzeria and Gallery, Urth Café, Blu Monkey Lounge, Kababayan Today, Weekend Balita and the US Asian Post.
LA Downtown Artwalk is a free, self-guided tour of galleries and businesses along the vicinity of Spring and Main streets between 2nd and 9th streets every second Thursday of the month.
To learn more, visit www.downtownartwalk.org.