Stephen R. Silver

Over ten years ago, after years of painting representational landscapes, I felt a push to experiment.  I picked up my palette knife and started spreading paint on the canvas.  I had no plan, however my love of nature and landscape subconsciously impacted my direction.  My process usually begins at the top of the canvas, where I apply paint as areas of color.  As I work my way down the canvas, I get a feel from the developing composition. The direction is not always obvious, so I’ll continue to layer paint, using color and shape to resolve the composition.  Abstract, or somewhat recognizable, the ultimate interpretation is up the viewer.

Through my continued experimentation, two alternative styles have evolved. They find their roots from my years of doodling through innumerable meetings in my corporate life.  I’ve expanded those doodles, drawing upon color and line to create an exciting organic flow.  Each of these paintings represents a season, expressed through the color palette I choose. 

The second of these experimentations are composed of geometric shapes that appear to expand the dimensions of the canvas and fool the eye. Elements jump off the canvas, while others settle into the background. I play with shapes and shadow as well as focus to give the illusion of depth and movement. 

I am a native of New York and graduated from Carnegie Mellon University. I studied at the Museum of Fine Arts School in Boston and have been a student of master artist Tom Ouellette.  My work can be seen in galleries, has been in numerous shows and is in many private collections. It can also be viewed at my studio, located at 450 Harrison Ave. #211 in SOWA, a major artist’s community in Boston. 

I am the founder of the SOWA Artists Guild, an association of over 80 studio artists.  The Guild sponsors First Friday and Second Sunday events every month at 450 Harrison Ave. in Boston.   A lifelong artist, I was able to devote full time to his painting after a successful business career in which I was CEO of several high tech companies.

Gallery Representation

L’attitude Gallery – 460-C Harrison Ave, Boston MA  02118

Thanassi Gallery – 234 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA 02657 (508) 487-0233

Gallery by NOA at the Groton Inn - 128 Main St, Groton, MA 01450 (978) 448-2890

Gallery Z 259 Atwells Ave., Providence, RI  02903

The Gallery of Art in Giving –


My work is in many private and corporate collections throughout the United States and internationally including:

Boston Private Bank, Children’s Hospital Boston, UMass Medical Center, Sanofi Aventis (Paris and Boston), North Hill Senior Living, Alexandria Real Estate, Waterstone Senior Living, Equity Office, Novartis, CRRC MA, among others.


 SoWa Artists Guild, Untied South End Artists

 Selected Press

National Geographic Traveller (UK Edition) – Featured in an article about the art scene in Boston.

Swiss Magazine Stephen Silver is featured as the founder of the Sowa Artists Guild in the lead article on Boston. (July/Aug 2019)

Boston Voyager Magazine Article focused on my art. (May 2018)

Improper Bostonian Magazine – Interviewed about the art scene in Sowa (May 2018)

Soundbite Magazine – Interviewed for article on the Sowa Artists Guild and my history (May 2018)

The Daily Free Press – Interview for article about Sowa Artists Guild (June 2017)

The Boston Sun – Interview about Sowa Artists Guild (Mar. 2016)

Arts New England – Interviewed about 10th anniversary of the Sowa Artists Guild (Oct 2015)

Boston Courant – Interview for article about Sowa Arts District (Oct 2014)

Arts New England – Interviewed for article on Sowa Arts District in Boston (Jan.2011)

BNN TV – It’s All about Arts – Interviewed at opening of L’attitude Gallery’s new location (April 2010)

Chronicle (Channel 5 TV) – Interview about SoWa Artists Guild and painting demo (Jan 2009 and Jan 2010)

Wellesley Townsman – Featured in article for “Art in Giving” (Sept. 2009)

Comcast On-Demand – Interviewed in studio for a show about the art scene in Boston (Sept 009)

BNN TV – It’s All about Arts – Guest artist on Boston TV show about arts in the Boston area. (June 2009)

Artscope Magazine – Gallery Spotlight (Jan/Fen 2009)

Boston Common – Interview about SoWa Artists Guild (Spring 2008)

Chronicle (Channel 5 TV) – Studio featured on show (May 2007)

Artscope Magazine – Artist Profile (Nov/Dec 2006)

Selected Exhibits and Shows

Kent Newton Salon - Solo Show - (Boston, MA 2019)

L’attitude Gallery - Solo Show - Two Sides of Silver (Boston, MA 2018)

Daniels Gallery - Solo Show - Geometric:Organic (Boston, MA 2018)

Calvin Charles Gallery – Solo Show  - Geometric:Organic (Scottsdale, AZ 2017)

The Liberty Hotel – Solo show – (Boston 2016/17)

The Sliding Door Company – Solo show – (Boston, 2014 - 2018)

Calvin Charles Gallery – Solo Show – “Landscapes in Red” (Scottsdale AZ 2013)

WGBH Juried Auction – (Boston 2012 - 2018)

Calvin Charles Gallery – Group Show “Petite Exhibition” (Scottsdale AZ 2012)

Thos. Moser – Solo Show –“Two Views of Landscape” (Boston, 2012)

L’attitude Gallery – Group Show (Boston, 2012)

Gallery 601 – Solo Show – “Horizons” (Boston,  MA 2012)

Suzanne Schultz Gallery – Group Show (Chelsea, New York, NY 2012)

Neiman Marcus – Group Show (Boston 2011, 2012)

Art New England Offices – Solo Exhibit (Boston 2011/2012)

Attleboro Arts Museum – Solo Show “A Little Bit of Red” (Attleboro, MA 2011)

Thos. Moser Gallery – Group Show (Boston 2008/2009/2010/2011/2013)

Attleboro Arts Museum – Members Show (Attleboro, MA 2010)

FP3 Salon – Group Show sponsored by Art New England Magazine (Boston 2010)

Topnotch Spa & Resort – Solo Show sponsored by Art New England Magazine (Stowe, VT 2010)

M2L Gallery – “Landscapes - Real and Imagined” a show with noted photographer Eric Roth (Boston 2010)

Art in Giving Group Show – Hammond Real Estate (Boston 2010)

Thos. Moser Gallery – Solo Show (Boston 2010)

Scollay Square Gallery – Group Show (Boston 2009)

The Liberty Hotel & L’attitude Gallery – Summer Gallery Night Series (Boston 2009)

Thos. Moser Gallery – 2 person show (New York City 2009)

Sovereign Bank – Solo Show (Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA 2009)

Legal Sea Foods Copley Square - solo show (Boston 2009)

Urban Living Studios – group show (Boston 2009)

D-SCALE – 2 person show (Boston 2008/2009)

M2L Gallery – Solo Show (Boston 2008)

Urban Living Studios – solo show (Boston 2008)

Sovereign Bank – solo show (Swampscott, MA 2008)

Tufts New England Medical Center – group show (Boston 2007)

Calvin Charles Gallery – Solo Show (Scottsdale, AZ 2007)

Design Within Reach – Solo Show (Boston 2006/2007)

United South End Artists’ Anniversary Juried Show (Boston, 2006)

Trident Booksellers & Café – Solo Show (Boston, 2006)

Fresh Eggs - Solo Show (Boston, 2006)

Sovereign Bank –two person show (Swampscott, MA 2005/2006)

SOWA Art Walk (Boston 2005 - 2018)

School of the Museum of Fine Arts December Sale (Boston 2003, 2004, 2005)

South End Open Studios (Boston 2004 – 2018)

Numerous First Friday and Open Studio events at 450 Harrison Ave. Boston, MA