Ali Silverstein’s process is guided by whatever feels necessary: cutting vertical strips in the canvas to create long tassels; sticking shapes of canvas onto her paintings, or, in other work, painting over these shapes and then removing them, leaving the residue of triangles and arcs. Massive sheets of canvas are painted, cut, dragged, pinned, stained, crawled over, glued, layered, and painted again. Silverstein’s preference for on-the-spot responsiveness rather than preconception, improvisational “allowing,” over planned composition, and primitive expression over slick industrial production, recall the philosophical spirit of abstract expressionism and action painting.

Her most recent works are titled with the date of their completion, emphasizing what the critic Harold Rosenberg said of abstract expressionism—that “what was to go on the canvas was not a picture but an event”. The making of these works is not a process separate from life, but a “happening” of life itself.

From the stacked puddles of translucent color that transform into figures, to the hung fringes or collaged canvas shapes in more recent pieces, layering has always been at the core of Silverstein’s language.  Left to hang and move, the canvas (whose materiality is celebrated rather than hidden), breaks open the surface of the picture plane to create real, rather than illusionistic depth. Hints of landscape, layers of skin, and shapes of color collide in a play of concealment and revelation to create not mere landscape, but inner-scape, or culture-scape – where the inner meets the outer.


Ali Silverstein lives and works in Los Angeles, California.  She holds an undergraduate degree from Columbia University in Visual Art and Comparative Religion, and an MFA in Painting from The Slade School of Art in London.  Silverstein’s work has been featured in multiple international solo exhibitions with Bischoff/Weiss Gallery in London, Inga Gallery in Tel Aviv, and Albertz Benda Gallery in New York.  Additionally, Silverstein has been an artist-in-residence at the Bialik space in Tel Aviv, and at The Esalen Institute, Big Sur.  She was recently named an “Artist to Watch” in the Women in the Arts issue of Whitewall magazine.  Among other exhibitions in 2017, she has participated in the Zona Maco art fair in Mexico City, The Joshua Treenial in Joshua Tree, California, “Wild Blue Yonder”, a semi-permanent installation at LAX airport, “Summer of Love” at Wilding Cran in LA, “Diverge/Convene” at The San Diego Art Institute, and “Odalisque,” a solo exhibition in The Box Gallery at The Standard Hotel, Hollywood.


Selected Recent Press

Westwood Westwood Interview

Artist to Watch in Whitewall Magazine

Art Newspaper Interview



2007 New Mexico Filmmakers Intensive – Directing Track College of Santa Fe,
Santa Fe, NM
2005 MFA, Slade School of Fine Art, London, UK
2002 BFA - Visual Arts and Comparative Religion, Columbia University, New
York, NY

Select Solo Exhibitions

2107, Odalisque, THE STANDARD HOTEL, Hollywood
2016 To Put on the Edge, A Table, albertz benda, New York
2015 LA’s Fine (The Sun Shines Most of the Time), INGA GALLERY, Tel Aviv
2013 New Paintings, BISCHOFF/WEISS, London
2007 The Dark Room, BISCHOFF/WEISS, London, UK
2006 And/And, BISCHOFF/WEISS, London, UK

Select Group Exhibitions

2017 The Joshua Treenial, Joshua Tree, CA
2017 Zona Maco Art Fair, Mexico City
2017 Wild Blue Yonder, LAX Airport
2017 Mobilize, THE STANDARD HOTEL, Hollywood, CA
2017 Summer of Love, Wilding Cran Gallery, LA, CA
2017 Diverge/Convene, San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, CA
2016 Thunder In Our Hearts, NOYSKY PROJECTS, Los Angeles
2013 Fresh Bred, Quint Gallery, San Diego, CA
2012 Skotia Gallery Inaugural Exhibition, Los Angeles, CA
2011 Face to Face, Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2010 Heart This!, Jay Etkin Gallery, cur. David Solomon, Santa Fe, NM
2009 UN, William Shearborn Gallery, cur. David Solomon, Santa Fe, NM
2008 Emerging Jewish Artists, Gotthelf Gallery, San Diego, USA
2006 Group Show, Beverley Knowles Gallery, London
2005 Slade Painters, Milk Gallery, New York, USA
Sine Qua Non, BISCHOFF/WEISS, London, UK
2004 Augnablick, Space Govett-Kerr, London, UK, cur. Mel Gooding
Welcome to Cassland, London, UK
Collision, New York, USA
Awards & Residencies
2014 Bialik Residency, Tel Aviv


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