In Memoriam: Ernest Silva

 
 

San Diego mourns the loss of artist Ernest Silva (1948-2014), a steady and steadfast presence in the region’s art scene. Ernie taught at UC San Diego from 1979 until his retirement last fall. Throughout his tenure, he nurtured numerous students even as he maintained his own active studio practice. His evocative work deploys a repertoire of images from nature and art: a moon shadow, a burning flame, a supine nude, a lone lighthouse. Tinged with psychological tension, these stage-like scenes gather “subjective experience and perceptions of the objective world” to consider both the promise and peril of human nature. Ernie was featured in more than 45 one-person exhibitions and countless group shows, including at MCASD where his work is held in the permanent collection and his memory carries on.