Jonathan Silverman

Jonathan Silverman


About Jonathan Silverman

Jonathan Silverman is a visual artist who works primarily in the mediums of painting, digital painting and video. Of an Anglo-Tunisian background, he was born in Manchester, UK, and grew up in Israel, moving to italy in 2001.

He holds a BFA from the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, Italy (cum laude, 2006), and a PgDip from The Royal Drawing School, London (2011). He received the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant for excellence in representational painting both in 2009 and in 2010. In 2012 he was artist in residence at the Sanskriti Foundation in New Delhi, and in 2015 was selected for the BoCs residency programme in Cosenza, Italy. He has taught at the Royal Drawing School in London, at the IIFA in India, has been a visiting lecturer at Rhodes University and runs regular art classes in collaboration with ArtWorks For Youth (NGO).
Silverman has exhibited extensively in South Africa and internationally (Italy, UK, Israel, Portugal, India), and has work in various private collections as well as the Royal Collection.
He currently lives and works in South Africa.


2010 - 2011

PGDip Drawing, Royal Drawing School, London, UK

2001 - 2006

BFA, Academy of Fine Arts, Florence, Italy


2020 Future Without N, 99 Loop Gallery, Cape Town, SA (solo)


Olivier, Bert. article: ‘Searching for an Electric Peanut (part II)’: Jonathan Silverman’s liminal art , Thought Leader, Mail & Guardian, February 18, 2019.

Sassen, Robyn. review: "Is there a Peanut in the Gallery?" , The Arts at Large by Robyn Sassen, JHB, July 16, 2018.

Unauthored, "Mostra inaugurale BoCs Art Museum", Rivista Segno, December 15, 2017.

Mattioli, Massimo, "Inaugura il BoCs Art Museum di Cosenza. Lo racconta il direttore Alberto Dambruoso", ArtsLife Magazine, December 14, 2017​

Gigliotti, Giusy, "Gli artisti di The Bocs 2015, si confrontano sull'importanza della residenza artistica", Cosenza Post, December 1, 2015.

Boisi, Lorenza, "2000MANIACS – The Big Instant Painting Show", ESPOARTE Magazine, September 30, 2014.

Marchi, Valeria, "2000Maniacs #ArtVerona / Interview", ATP Diary, October 11, 2014.

Bartholdi, Pascal Ancel, review: "Jonathan Silverman at Serena Morton's Gallery: At Hand and Far Away" , A non Art X invisible Magazine, London, March 14, 2014.
Serena Morton, At Hand and Far Away, March 2014 installation view


Selected Exhibitions

2020 Investec Cape Town Art Fair, 99 Loop Gallery booth, Cape Town, SA
2020 Future Without N, 99 Loop Gallery, Cape Town, SA (solo)
2019 Psithurism, DAOR Contemporary, Cape Town, SA
2019 Territory, Glen Carlou Gallery, Curated by Pierre le Riche, Glen Carlou Estate, SA, Catalogue
2019 Searching for an Electric Peanut [part II], Michaelis Galleries, Cape Town, SA (solo), Catalogue
2018 The Cat Show, David Krut Projects, Johannesburg, SA Catalogue
​2018 Rethinking Boundaries, Priest Gallery, Johannesburg, SA , Catalogue​
2018 Searching for an Electric Peanut, Priest Gallery, Johannesburg, SA (solo), Catalogue
2018 National Arts Festival, Monument Gallery, Grahamstown, SA​
2018 Collective Ink, The Henry George Gallery, Johannesburg, SA​
2018 Collective Ink, Gutsche Family Investments Gallery, Port Elizabeth, SA​
2017 BoCs Art Museum Opening, BoCs Art Museum, Cosenza, Italy​
2017 Painterly, Grande Provence Gallery, Franschhoek, SA​
2017 Portraits (collective exhibition), Gutsche Family Investments Gallery, Port Elizabeth, SA
2017 Winter Exhibition, DF Contemporary, Cape Town, SA
2017 Modern Miniatures, Underculture Contemporary & ART on Target, Port Elizabeth>> NAF Grahamstown, SA​
2017 Sublime, Moór Gallery, Curated by Aidon Westcott, Franschhoek, SA​
2017 Untitled, Moór Gallery, Curated by Aidon Westcott, Franschhoek, SA​
2015 BoCs Art Finissage Exhibition, The BoCs Project, Curated by Alberto Dambruoso, Cosenza, Italy
2015 Sunday Times Watercolour Competition, Mall Galleries, London>>Castle Fine Art, Birmingham>>Guildford House
2014 Manpower 2014, Rua Poço dos Negros, Lisbon
2014 Gallery Launch, Serena Morton at 343 Ladbroke Grove, London
2014 ArtVerona Projects, 2000Maniacs, Curated by Andrea Bruciati and Lorenza Boisi, Verona
2014 Kullu Perceived, Curated by Shehani Fernando, Royal Drawing School, London
2014 At Hand and Far Away, Serena Morton, London (solo), Catalogue
2012 Sanskriti Kendra Open, Sanskriti Foundation, New Delhi
2011 Graduation Exhibition, Royal Drawing School, London
2010 Hot Boredom, Artwars Project Space, London
2009 Pnim Ha'ir, Artura Gallery, Tel-Aviv (solo)
2009 Ars Artis Gratia, Rivington Gallery, London
2009 The Dondon Lungeon, Shoredistch House (CosmicMegaBrain), London
2008 Urban Heroes and Saints, Rivington Gallery, London (solo)
2008 Spiritual Promises from Lost Prophets, Cordi House (CosmicMegaBrain), London
2007 Naturalita', Ex chiesa barocca di Sant’Ignazio, Arezzo
2006 Verso Pasolini, Palazzo Ghibellino, Empoli (FI)
2006 Naturalita', Castle of Poppi, Galleria Comunale d’Arte Contemporanea of Poppi, Palazzo Giorgi, Casentino- prov. of Arezzo
2005 Immagina Arte in Fiera, Art Fair, Reggio Emilia
2005 Per le Vie del Mugello, Convento di Bosco ai Frati, Villa di Cafaggiolo, Cappella del Castello di Trebbio, S.Piero a Sieve, Barberino del Mugello, prov. of Florence
2005 Dialoghi in silenzio, Loggia del Bigallo, Florence
2004 Non ti farai immagine, Jewish Community Centre, Florence

Awards / Residencies

2021 (upcoming) Artist in Residence- Palazzo Monti, Brescia, Italy
2015 Artist in Residence- BoCs Art Cosenza 19th Nov - 23rd Dec, Cosenza, Italy
2012/2013 Artist in Residence - International Institute of Fine Arts, Modinagar(UP), India
2012 Artist in Residence - Sanskriti Foundation, New Delhi, India
2010 The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, Montreal, Canada
2009 The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, Montreal, Canada

Lectures / Teaching

2020 Visiting Lecturer - Drawing, School of Visual Arts, Nelson Mandela University, South Africa
2017-18 Visiting Lecturer - /drawing.Painting, School of Fine Arts, Rhodes University, South Africa
2017 Drawing Workshop, School of Architecture, Nelson Mandela University, South Africa
2017- present ArtWorks for Youth, South Africa
2013 - 2015 Royal Drawing School, London, UK
2012 Visiting Lecturer - International Institute of Fine Arts, Modinagar(UP), India