Silvia Poloto

Beginning with my experience as a woman, immigrant, widow and mother, from my own subjective experience and honest reflection, I create work to connect to others.

I am interested in the purpose of pain, in the structure of sorrow, in the anguish of grief, in the rapture of love, in the joy of friendship, in the tenderness of self-discovery. I am interested in the exploration of elegance, of simplicity, of beauty.

Like many artists in history, I affirm the existence of beauty itself and the possibility of human connection and shared meaning. However I work in abstraction. Through abstraction I reveal rather than portray, and invite rather than present.
I use an always evolving approach to materials to express what is there, what is here, what is between. 

Building: 116 - Studio: 3
Phone: 415-305-7470
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Artist Bio

“Silvia Poloto, a talented and prolific Brazilian-born mixed-media artist, self-taught and inner directed, is not a product of America’s art higher-education system, she is an artist committed, almost defiantly, to self-expression and emotion.

Poloto, who immigrated to California in the early nineties as a young electrical engineer and discovered her knack for visual communication almost by chance, possesses not only a fearless openness to stimuli and ideas, but also the visual imagination and instincts to refine the daily chaos into an ordered esthetic beauty.

Pursuing her art education independently, she picked up metalworking, painting and photographic skills as she needed them —“Nothing could stop me,” she says. She remembers somewhat wryly, however, that after welding metal sculptures out of creative compulsion, she discovered a book on Abstract Expressionist sculptor David Smith, and in it, her unknown artistic ancestors.

That slight reinvention of the wheel aside, however, Poloto’s career has been extremely successful. Her sculpture, paintings and assemblages that have been exhibited in United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Jordan, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Egypt, Greece, Bulgaria, Jordan, Romania, China, as well as the United States in Dallas, Portland, Chicago, Park City, Los Angeles, Seattle, Miami, New York City and, of course, San Francisco. Bay Area venues displaying her work include the DeYoung Museum, where she was an artist in residence, the Italian-American Museum, the Triton Museum, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Her work resides in over eighty corporate collections and hundreds of private collections. She has won many prizes and awards and has been featured in many publications.”

– DeWitt Cheng, art critic and writer


Selected Exhibitions

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Artists Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Museo Italo Americano, San Francisco, CA
Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA
Oakland Museum of California, Gallery 555, Oakland, CA
De Young Museum Residency Program and Exhibition, San Francisco, CA
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
Seattle Arts Museum Gallery, Seattle, WA
United Nations, New York City, NY
Scope New York, New York City, NY
Butters Gallery, Portland, OR
Scope Miami, Miami, FL
Etra Fine Arts, Miami, FL
Miami Art Basel, Miami, FL
Aberson Exhibits, Tulsa, OK
Julie Nester Gallery, Park City, UT
Soprafina Gallery, Chicago, MA
Ogilvie Pertl Gallery, Chicago, IL
Fairmount Gallery, Dallas, TX
Dubai International Art Symposium and Exhibition, Dubai, UAE
Maiden Tower, Baku, Azerbaijan
Art Taipei, Taipei, Taiwan
Hong Kong International Biennial, Hong Kong, Republic of China
Qatar Visual Art Center, Doha, Qatar
Dar Al Landa Gallery, Amman, Jordan
International Art Symposium and Exhibition, Amman, Jordan
International Art Symposium and Exhibition, Baku, Azerbaijan
Zervas Art Gallery, Patras, Greece
Foresight Gallery, Amman, Jordan
Gozo Contemporary, Gozo, Malta
Ruzicka Gallery, Munich, Germany
Trogir Municipal Museum and Palace Milesi, Split, Croatia
International Art Symposium and Exhibition, Cappadocia, Turkey
Connecting Art Gallery, Ptolemaida, Greece
International Art Symposium and Exhibition, Carei, Romania
Espace Europia, Paris, France
Artspace 191, Vienna, Austria
Vlassis Gallery, Thessaloníki, Greece
UNESCO Art Symposium, Patras, Greece
Galerie 13 bis Contemporain, Saint Pierre, La Reunion
International Art Symposium and Exhibition, Russalka, Bulgaria
La Muestra International de Arte, Venado Tuerto, Argentina


Selected Collections

Stanford University, Redwood City, CA
Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford, CA
UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA
University of California San Francisco, CA
Texas University, Dept of Entomology, TX
Oregon Health and Sciences University, Beaverton, OR
Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, San Francisco, CA
The Ellie Mae Collection, San Francisco, CA
Hayes Mansion, San Jose, CA with the San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs
Bon Appetit Management Co Inc, Palo Alto, CA
Worldgroup Consulting, Emeryville, CA
Merrill Corporation, San Francisco, CA
Hyatt Capitol Hill, Washington, DC
Harrah’s Rincon Casino, San Diego, CA
Hilton Hasbrouck Heights, Atlanta, CA
Westin Saint Francis, Santa Clara, CA
Brazilian Embassy, Los Angeles, CA
Brazilian TV Network, Los Angeles, CA
Cherry Creek Athletic Club, Denver, CO
Club One, San Francisco, CA
California Center for Land Recycling, San Francisco, CA
Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass, San Francisco, CA
Alton Insurance Agency, Arlington, VA
Endymion Systems Inc, Oakland, CA
World Reinhart, Baltimore, MD
Vantage Capital Advisors, Bellvue, WA
Industrial Gashet & Shim, Meadow Lands, PA
Pascal Ventures, San Francisco, CA
Barbacco, San Francisco, CA
401 Harrison LLC, San Francisco, CA
Horsley Bridge Partners, San Francisco, CA
Cypress Financial Corporation, San Francisco, CA
Nossaman, Guthner, Knox Elliott LLP, San Francisco, CA
Green Couch, San Francisco, CA
Criterion Capital Management, San Francisco CA
North Point Venture Capital, Palo Alto CA
Facebook, Palo Alto, CA
Environ Global, Washington DC
Hanover Page Mill Associates LLC, Woodside, CA Inc, San Francisco, CA
Medication Inc, San Francisco, CA
Wright Stewart Jones Design Studio Inc
D. W. Fritz Automation, Wilsonville, OR
The Osprey, Portland, OR
Gary McGee and Company, Portland, OR
Volta, San Francisco, CA
Perbacco, San Francisco, CA
Climb Real Estate, San Francisco, CA
Rincon One, San Francisco, CA
Jungle Red, San Francisco, CA
Lennar Urban, San Francisco, CA
Address Company Inc, Walnut Creek, CA
Burj Khalifa, Dubai, UAE
CIM Group, San Francisco, CA
The Humphreys Group, San Francisco, CA
Bregante CPA Offices, San Francisco, CA
Arent & Fox Law Offices, San Francisco, CA



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