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I make paintings to confront the complexity of contemporary existence across virtual and physical spaces. I paint reflections as a metaphor to visualize the mirror world of social media. A world where reality and mediation can't be visually discerned. Layers of mediation overlap; their subtlety more and more refined makes the already porous boundaries between physical and digital disappear, leaving us, the users, blind to the frames between these worlds.

My work is preceded by photographic research. I collect and take pictures everyday of what surrounds me to build an archive of data that gets reframed on canvas. The paintings are figurative while resisting narrative. They variate in scale from intimate to architectural, to play with the promise of reality that life size dimension provides. The ephemerality of our sense of reality is translated into thin layers of oil paint and washed out palette. As a result the subject lack stability and the viewer's eyes can't rely on it. The work poses unsolvable questions around reality and identity, widening the conversation on contemporary visual culture.

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N3 (Out&In; In&Out; Front) Installation Shot

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Silvia Muleo was born in Pisa, Italy, in 1998. She got an MFA at the School of Visual Arts after completing a BFA in Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence. Her work derives from her experience of growing up online and offline cultivating relationships and identities in these merging realities. Muleo has participated in several exhibitions in commercial and non profit spaces in the U.S. and Italy, including group shows at Ki Smith Gallery (New York, 2023), New Collectors Gallery (New York, 2022), Centro Expò Comuni (Florence Regional Palace, 2021).

Born in 1998, Pisa (Italy)

Lives and works in Queens, NY

Education

2023

2021

MFA Fine Arts

Bachelor in Painting

School of Visual Arts, New York, New York

Accademia di Belle Arti di Firence, Floirence, Italy

Award

2023

Alumni Scholarship Award

 

School of Visual Arts, New York, New York

Exhibitions

2024

2023

2022

2022

2022

2021

2021

2021

Refractions

Below Constructions

Material Mixtape

Double Trouble

Other Visions

Le Vie della Forma: Il richiamo della luce

Margine 

Margine

New Collectors, New York, New York

Ki Smith Gallery, New York, New York

New Collectors, New York, New York

Village One Gallery, New York, New York

SVA Gramercy Gallery, New York, New York

Vichhio, Florence

Centro Expò Comuni (Regional Palace), Florence

Palazzo Acciaiuoli, Florence

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