Born in Buenos Aires in 1957. In 1981 she graduated at Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes “Prilidiano Pueyrredón”. At the same time, she attended workshops under the direction of Hércules Solari, Kenneth Kemble and Víctor Grippo.

Silvia Rivas exhibited her works since 1988 and participated in many individual and group exhibitions, at a national and international level. Her works have been honored on many occasions.

In 2010, presents Buzzing video-installation at Malba, Museo de Arte Latinoamericano – Colección Costantini, Buenos Aires, in 2012, exhibits Buzzing, 8 channel video-installation at Centro de Expresiones Contemporáneas, Rosario and Buzzing, works on paper and one channel video at Fundación Alon, Buenos Aires.

On this same series, in 2013 she participated with interventions on walls at the Fundacion Proa and in 2014, a solo exhibition of video-installations and works on paper at the Museo Municipal de Bellas Artes “Juan B. Castagnino”, Rosario. In 2015, presents Still paradise is ours, installation with variable dimensions at Diana Lowenstein Gallery, Miami, USA.

In 2008 presents the installation-concert Found in Translation I with Sami Abadi organized by Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires, at the Alliance Francaise de Buenos Aires; in Prize-Roggio at Museo Caraffa, Cordoba, and in Pintura Castellón Contest at the Museo de Bellas Artes de Castellón, Spain, and in 2009 participated in the sample Argentina today in Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

In 2006 she got the Third Prize at the Salón Nacional de Artes Visuales. Nuevos Soportes e Instalaciones. Bs.As and the Premio Faena, El Porteño Art District. group Project “ Argentina es Afuera” con Inés Sanguinetti y Gabriel Espinosa.

In 2005 Rivas was awarded an Artist in Residence Fellowship at the Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus, Ohio, USA) for the postproduction of her video Tiny Event (Small incident), awarded by Ohio Arts Council and Secretaría de Cultura de la Nación Argentina.

The same year she held an individual exhibition at Miguel Frías Gallery, and she presented a video- installation and dance show at the Centro de Experimentación del Teatro Colón (Buenos Aires). She also participated in the 15th Edition of Video Brazil (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and the Mercosur Biennial (Porto Alegre, Brazil), among other group shows.

During 2003 and 2004 she exhibited her work quite frequently: Todo lo de Afuera (Everything from outside), Video Installations, Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires (2004); Proyecto Delta, Cheating Muchachita (Cheating Young Girl), video Installation, co-produced with Carlos Trilnick, Centro Cultural Recoleta (Buenos Aires, 2004) and Nocturnos (Nocturnes), video installation, Diana Lowenstein Gallery (Miami, USA, 2003). She was also present at: Arte Ba, Galería Del Infinito (Buenos Aires, 2004); Festival de la Luz, Galería Del Infinito, (Buenos Aires, 2004); Marea Tierra (Earth Tide) in Verde que te quiero Verde (Green I want you green), a video installation co-produced with Carlos Trilnick, Centro Cultural Recoleta (Buenos Aires, 2004); Premio Klemm (Buenos Aires, 2004); Arte y Nuevas Tecnologías: Premio MAMba / Fundación Telefónica, Espacio Fundación Telefónica (Buenos Aires, 2004); Bienal de La Habana, (Cuba, 2003); Art Basel Miami (USA, 2003); Art Basel (Switzerland, 2003) and Aurora del Video Arte Argentino, Panamerican Cultural Exchange, Touring Video-Art Presentation, (Texas-Chicago, USA, 2003), among other group shows and art events.

In 2002 Rivas was awarded the Premio al Video Argentino (Prize to the Argentine Video) at the Bienal de Arte, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (Buenos Aires); Premio a las Artes Visuales (Visual Arts Prize), Asociación Argentina de Críticos de Arte (Buenos Aires, 2001); the Leonardo Prize, Video Digital category, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (Bs.As.) and an Honors Diploma, Mixed Techniques, for the period 1997-2001 by Fundación Konex (Buenos Aires).

During this years her works were exhibited at: Una Visión de lo Humano: Ar Detroy (A vision of what is human), Silvia Rivas, Carlos Trilnick; a video installation produced by the Generalitat Valenciana; Últimas tendencias en la colección del MAMba –Donaciones (Latest Trends at the MAMba Collections-Donations), Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires; Bienal de Arte, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (Buenos Aires) and Premio Banco Ciudad, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (Buenos Aires).

In 2001 Rivas was awarded the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship (USA); the Arte Digital Argentino Prize at the First Art International Biennial, Buenos Aires, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, and the Nuevos Medios Honors Diploma, Salón Manuel Belgrano, Museo Sívori, (Buenos Aires).

In 2001 she held an individual exhibition at Diana Lowenstein Gallery (Miami, USA) and at Centro Cultural Recoleta, with Notas sobre el Tiempo (Notes on time), video installations (Buenos Aires, 2001) and participated at the III Bienal del MERCOSUR (Porto Alegre, Brazil, 2001); and I Bienal Internacional de la Crítica, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (Buenos Aires,2000), among other group shows.

During the 1990s Rivas was awarded the “Asociación Argentina de Críticos de Arte” Prize at Salón de Pintura de la Crítica (Buenos Aires, 1996); the “Ciudad de México” Prize and Fellowship (1991); among other distinctions.

In this period she held many individual an group exhibitions. We shall mention: Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (Buenos Aires, 1998); Joan Prats Gallery (New York, U.S.A., 1996); Casa de la Parra, (Santiago de Compostela, Spain, 1993); and Galería Magda Belloti (Cádiz, Spain, 1990); Premio Fortabat Exhibition Hall, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (Buenos Aires, 1999); ARCO, Feria de Arte (Madrid, Spain, 1998) and Art Chicago (USA, 1998).

Among her first exhibitions we can mention: Galería Tema (Buenos Aires, 1989), Argentine Artists, Bronx Museum (New York, 1989) and the Salón Manuel Belgrano at the Museo Sívori, Centro Cultural Ciudad de Buenos Aires (1988).

She lives and works in Buenos Aires.

© Silvia Rivas / 2015