Saturday, December 30, 2017

Friday, December 29, 2017

Monday, November 13, 2017

now we walk through this life almost

now we walk through this life almost
as if phasing into the next sphere to
become ghosts or the definition of
what an apparition could exhale into
the sea of voids…

it was not always like this as seldom
any things are so we live quietly apart
from each other together in union of a
name only and that aspect suits us
fine i guess but we don't talk about it…

become who you are has been my
feeling for years once I understood how
things work more closely it would not
have mattered that much but she never
notices what really matters moving

i do not place any blame on us though
for that does not help any part of any
desire or plan or part of the paths both
chosen or unchosen to give us the portion
of breadth required to get by during the
wonders and falsities we often acquire in
the during of our stay here…

that soft spot in my heart for artists and
lovers and how the whole process of life
sometimes consumes them beyond every
aspect of rationale behavior seems to give
sway to my comfort agents and begins to
sell me a moral fiber that in turn will always
prevent any commercial success that i once
aspired toward…

this is how i have become and growth in it
has made me accept the unproven designs
as only a true artist is capable of understanding
this force of nature that confides in us within
the deepest darkest of secrets we keep about
who we are but rarely admit to others for fear
of success which may render our purpose
impure upon all thoughts and regards…

so we walk unassuming really toward any
indifference held toward our still love for each
other as we care for the beings in our lives in
and out of this dwelling and subscribe to any
and most petty bickering because everyone
needs a hobby to escape to but i always
thought it would be just a little less empty in
feeling even taken all the years of various
pains and pleasures withstood and the all
mighty lessons i have learned to take back
with me to the source… i remain again...

Thursday, April 13, 2017

rEs Um Eeeeeeeee

Peter John Silvia, AKA Pete Silvia, AKA Pet Silvia


15th Annual Postcards From the Edge, Visual AIDS’ 25th Anniversary, Sikkema Jenkins & Co., NYC

La Petite Mort, Parlor Gallery, Asbury Park NJ
black pop surrealism, The Shore Institute of the Contemporary Arts, Longbranch NJ

My Gay Eye 5,  Werkstattgalerie, Berlin, Germany
Go Figure, Bullmarket Gallery at Diver, Wichita, KS
Seattle Erotic Art Festival, Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, Seattle, WA

Mein schwules Auge (My Gay Eye), Werkstattgalerie, Berlin, Germany
Seattle Erotic Art Festival, The Fenix, Seattle ,WA
The Dirty Show, Detroit, MI

Bowl-A-Rama, Asbury Lanes, curated by Kirsten Easthope / Jen Hampton, Asbury Park, NJ
Erotic Art Weekend NYC, The Center, New York City

Postcards from the Edge, Robert Miller Gallery, NYC
Museum of Queer Visual Culture, CUNY Graduate Center/Leslie-Lohman Foundation, New York City
Seattle Erotic Art Festival, Consolidated Works, Seattle, WA
Erotic Art Weekend NYC, The Center, New York City
The Dirty Show, Tangent Gallery, Detroit, MI

Can’t Pet This, Art @ Large, New York City, (Solo exhibition)
Seattle Erotic Art Festival, Consolidated Works, Seattle, WA

How NYC Transformed Sex in America, Museum of Sex, NYC
The Decadence Art Show, Niagara, New York City
Open Studio, Video Presentation by Praxis, (Performance), Woolworth Building, New York City
Tom of Finland Erotic Art Fair NYC, The Center, New York City
Seattle Erotic Art Fair, Town Hall, Seattle WA

Group Sex II, Art @ Large, New York City
Tom of Finland Erotic Art Fair NYC, The Center, New York City
Grand Opening, Art @ Large, New York City

Body Language, Leslie Lohman Gallery, New York City
Tom of Finland Erotic Art Fair NYC, The Center, New York City
GMSMA LeatherFEST 20th Anniversary Exhibition, The Center, New York City
2 Bodies, Sacred Body Art Gallery, New York City (Solo Exhibition)
Transformatorium, 113 Ludlow, New York City
5th Annual Erotic Art Fair, Tom of Finland Foundation Los Angeles, CA;
Make 42nd Street Dirty Again, 111 42nd St, New York City;
Edge, the experience, Sacred Body Art Gallery, New York City
Extremities, Sacred Body Art Gallery, New York City
Erotica ‘99, Sacred Body Art Gallery, Jacob Javits Center, New York City
Projection Playground, Baktun, New York City
Tribeca Ball, The Muses, New York Academy of Figurative Art, New York City

Flat-Out Better, Portrait Billboard, Sony Retail Entertainment, Sony Style Stores, 550 Madison Ave, NYC
Third Annual Benefit Auction/Exhibition, PS 122, New York City
Night of 1,000 Drawings, Artists Space, New York City
Sex Object, Sacred Body Art Gallery, New York City (Solo Exhibition)
Doris & Pet, SandBox Magazine Release, (Performance), Baby Jupiter, New York City
May The Force be With You, Doris & Pet, Downtown Arts Festival,
(Performance), Vision 21 series, Tunnel, New York City
BodyMods, Sacred Body Art Gallery, Mist. of Ceremonies, (Performance), New York City
CyberRecycling, SandBox Website Release, Piano Store, New York City
Plaything, Royal Fest ‘98, (Performance), Mother, New York City
Pet, Live from Vegas, (Performance), Treasure Island Casino & Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV
Projection Playground, Baktun, New York City
Sacred + Profane, Sacred Body Art Gallery, New York City
Homo Erotic Video Trash II, Leslie Lohman Gallery, New York City
BodyMods, Sacred Body Art Gallery, New York City
Portrait, Jorgensen Gallery, New York City
Open Video Call, (screening, ‘Original Sin’), Artists Space, New York City
Menage a’ 5, The Belmont Lounge, New York City
7th Photo Annual, Leslie-Lohman Gay Art Foundation Gallery, New York City
Group Sex, Sacred Body Art Gallery, New York City
Open Video Call, (screening, ‘What Ain’t Art’), Artists Space, New York City
Culturemart’s 2nd Annual Emerging Artist, Here Gallery, New York City

Night of 1,000 Drawings, Artists Space, New York City
Cupid’s Dream, Barocco, New York City (Solo Exhibition)
Homo Erotic Video Trash, Leslie Lohman Gallery, New York City
Pet Goes to SoHo, West Broadway and Prince Streets, SoHo, NYC
Charles Gatewood Parade, Grand Marshal, (Performance),  Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY
Tampering with the Reel, (open screening, ‘X. Artist’), Artists Space, NYC
Is Nothing Sacred?, Sacred Tattoo, New York City

Kinky Sex, Sixth Annual Erotic Exhibition, Rita Dean Gallery, San Diego, CA
Mannequins in Submission, (Installation), TES 25th Anniversary, Octagon, New York City

Anything for Love, Ramada-University Hotel, Columbus, OH (Solo Exhibition)
ALT. SEX. PHOTO, Hellfire, New York City
Copy Art, Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, Palo Alto , CA
First Miami Beach Erotic Art Expo, Griffin Gallery, Miami Beach, FL
Hiroshima: From Me to You, Fukuya Art Gallery, Hiroshima, Japan
Fashion of the Gods, Anything For Love ‘95 Fashion Show, MC, Ramada U. Hotel, Columbus, OH

Copier Art Show, Organization of Independent Artists Gallery, New York City
Mailed Art, Uppsala Turist & Kongress AB/Amnesty Internat’l, Uppsala, Sweden
OIA Salon, The Prince Building, New York City
The Camera and Representation, CEPA Gallery, Buffalo, NY
Hair: The Long & Short of It, Smithtown Township Arts Council, St. James, NY

Exploding The Figure, Ramapo College Art Gallery, Mahwah, NJ
Multiculturalism, Bunker Hill Community College Gallery, Boston, MA

Salon ‘92, Tribeca 148 Gallery, New York City
Eat, Russell Sage College Gallery, Troy, NY
The 1.5 Show, Tribeca 148 Gallery, New York City
By Any Means Necessary, Printed Matter at Dia, New York City
New Artists, Magna Gallery, New York City

Electrografikak Groupe 91, Vasarely Museum, Budapest, Hungary
Window Show, Magna Gallery, New York City
The Contemporary Art Scene, The Emerging Collector Gallery, New York City
Summer Splash/Summer Styles, Montserrat Gallery, New York City

Xerographics in Paint, Pleiades Gallery, New York City (Solo Exhibition)
New Yorkers in Barcelona, Cartoon Galeria, Barcelona, Spain
Xerographic Paintings, New Identities Gallery, Springfield, NJ
15th Anniversary Show, Pleiades Gallery, New York City
Iscagraphics, Nathan Resnick Gallery, Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY

Recent Paintings, J. August’s Cafe, New Brunswick, NJ (Solo Exhibition)
New York Art, 1708 Gallery, Richmond, VA
12 at 588, Montserrat Gallery, New York City

Holiday Exhibit, Pleiades Gallery, New York City
The Indian and The Rock, The Art Gallery, Newark, NJ

Metro Show, City Without Walls, Newark, NJ

Tenth Anniversary Show, City Without Walls, Newark, NJ

Metro Show, City Without Walls, Newark, NJ
Newarkart, City Without Walls, Newark, NJ
Ninth Anniversary Show, City Without Walls, Newark, NJ
Contemporary And Historic Photography, Newark Public Library, NJ
Millburn Art Show, Millburn, NJ
Meet The Artist, South Orange Village, NJ

Metro Show, City Without Walls, Newark, NJ
Member Artist’s Show, City Without Walls, Newark, NJ
The Nude/Egg Photo’s, The Art Gallery, Newark, NJ
James Street Commons, (First Place, Photography), Washington Park, Newark, NJ
Meet The Artist, South Orange Village, NJ

Metro Show, City Without Walls, Newark, NJ
Meet The Artist, South Orange Village, NJ
James Street Commons, Washington Park, Newark, NJ
Book Fair, Newark Public Library, NJ

Student Exhibition, Board of Education, Newark NJ


The Kinsey Institute, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Tom of Finland Foundation, Los Angeles, CA
Leslie-Lohman Gay Art Foundation, New York City
Newark Public Library, Print Collection, NJ

Purchased Prints through the I.S.C.A. Quarterly:
Atlanta College of Art Library
Bibliotheque d’Art d’Archeologie, Geneva
Brooklyn Museum Library
Chelsea School of Art, London
Garden Grove School District, California
Getty Center Library
ICP Library, George Eastman House
Metropolitan Museum, Print Department, New York
MOMA Library, New York
Mid-Manhattan Library
Musee National d’Art Moderne, Paris
New York Public Library, Print Room
Rhode Island School of Design Library
Ringling School of Art Library, Sarasota
Sackner Archives, Miami Beach
School of the Art Institute Library, Chicago
Tate Gallery Library, Philadelphia
Temple University Library, Philadelphia
University of California Library, Santa Barbara
University of Michigan Library, Ann Arbor
Victoria and Albert Museum Library, London
Yale University Art and Architecture Library, New Haven


Aquarian Weekly, Home of the New Movement, 12/07/05  (Interview by Barbara Wegner)
Art Business News, November 2002, “Art That Excites”, Claudia La Rocco, (Interview)
Art Now Gallery Guide, October, 1993, “From The Studio”, (Reproduction with quote).
Artspeak, May 1, 1990, “Soho Discoveries”, (Reproduction).
Azon, Gary, “Art Around Town”, Downtown, June 9, 1993, No. 320, (Reproduction).
Benjamin, Louis, The Naked and the Lens, 2009, Focal Press, Interview / Reproduction).
Ehman, Abby, Misplaced Modifiers, Resident, Vol. 9,#54, September 16 - 22, 1997, Page 12, (Photo).
EIDOS, Vol.8, No. 1, November, 1994, (Reproductions).
The Exhibitioner, Vol. 2, No. 1, Jan.-Feb. 1994, (Reproductions with quote).
Filler, Marion, “Parsippany Artist Gets Attention”, The Daily Record, Dec. 29, 1989. (Reproduction).
FOLHA DE S. PAULO, “Tudo por Amor”, Feb. 26, 1995, Sec. 6, (Reproduction and Interview).
Freedman, Diana, “How The Viewer Can See Clearly”, Artspeak, Dec. 16, 1988, (Reproduction).
Gay City News, July 5-11, Vol. 1, No 6., “Erotic Emporium”, by Aaron Krach, (Interview & Reproductions)
Grant, Will, “Pete Silvia Advances Xerox Art”, (Review), Artspeak, Jan. 1, 1990, (Reproduction).
Hall, Meredith, “New Artists Take Their Places In The Sun Of Group Shows”, Artspeak, Dec. 1, 1989
HX For Her, #036, September 10, 1997, Page 25, (Reproduction).
HX Magazine, #7.37, September 5, 1997, Page 60, (Reproduction).
Kinky People, Places and Things, Vol.5, No.6, Summer, 1996, (Reproductions).

The I.S.C.A. Quarterly, (International Society of Copier Artists):
Vol. 14, No. 3, Spring, 1996, (S/N Print);
Vol. 14, No. 1, Fall, 1995, (S/N Print- 11 x 17”);
Vol. 13, No. 4, Summer, 1995, Bookworks Issue, “TV Guide”, (8 pgs., S/.N);
Vol. 13, No. 3, Spring, 1995, (S/N Print);
Vol. 13, No. 2, Winter, 1994, (S/N Print);
Vol. 13, No. 1, Fall, 1994, (S/N Print);
Vol. 12, No. 4, Summer, 1994, Bookworks Issue, “Calendar Nymphs”, (28 pgs., S/N);
Vol. 12, No. 3, Spring 1994, (S/N Print);
Vol. 12, No. 2, Winter, 1993, (S/N Print);
Vol. 12, No. 1, Fall, 1993, (S/N Print);
Vol. 11, No. 4, Summer, 1993, Bookworks Issue, “Product”, (8 pgs., S/N);
Vol. 11, No. 3, Spring, 1993, (S/N Print);
Vol. 11, No. 2, Winter, 1992, (S/N Print);
Vol. 11, No. 1, Fall, 1992, (S/N Print);
Vol. 10, No. 4, Summer, 1992, Bookworks Issue, “Message in a Bottle”, (11 pgs., S/N);
Vol. 10, No. 3, Spring, 1992, (S/N/ Print);
Vol. 10, No. 2, Winter, 1991, (S/N Print);
Vol. 10, No. 1, Fall, 1991 (S/N Print);
Vol. 9, No. 3, Spring, 1991, (S/N Print);
Vol. 9, No. 2, Winter, 1990, (S/N Print);
Vol. 9, No. 1, Fall, 1990, (S/N Print);
Vol. 8, No. 4, Summer, 1990, Bookworks Issue, “Dead Artists Diary”, (16 pgs., S/N);
Vol. 8, No. 3, Spring, 1990, (S/N Print);
Vol. 8, No. 2, Winter, 1989, (S/N Print);
Vol. 8, No. 1, Fall, 1989, (S/N Print).

Le Suer, Claude, “Diverse Summer Pleasures”, Artspeak, Summer, 1990, (Review).
Lover of the Image, April 1993, Vol. 15, (Reproduction, with quote).
Masquerade, May/June 1998, Vol.7, No.3, Group Sex, (Interview of show curating).
Mein schwules Auge 4 (My Gay Eye 4), Edited by Rinaldo Hopf, (Konkursbuch Verlag, 2007).
Next Magazine, Vol.5, #7, August 29, 1997, Page 14,(Reproduction).
Norris, Charlotte, “This Is Xerox Art”, (Interview),Obscure Magazine, Fall 1989, Vol. 4, (Reproduction).
Norris, Charlotte, Obscure Magazine, Spring, 1990, Vol. 5, (Review).
Nugget, Vol. 39, No. 9, Dec. 1995, “Pete Silvia: Man/Woman, Artist/ Model”, (2 pages with reproductions ).
NY Blade, Men By Men, April 2, 2004  (Interview by Steve Weinstein)
Printed Matter 1996 Catalog, Marianne, pg. 42; ISCA Quarterly, pg. 80.
Photographers Forum Magazine, Annual, Summer, 1984, (Reproduction).
Prometheus, Winter, 1996, TES - Happy 25!, (Reproduction).
Prometheus, Fall/Winter, 1995, The Gallery, (Reproductions).
Prometheus, Summer, 1995, “Pete Silvia - Artist/ Model”, (Reproductions and Quotes).
REUTERS, Assets: Erotica, Stirs Art Market, 02/12/04  (Interview by Richard Chang).
SandBox Magazine #6, 1998, “Pet Process”, (Article and Photos).
SandBox Magazine #9 Spring 2001, “Vice/Versa”, (Article and Photos).
Seidel, Mitchell, “Newark Library Discovers Treasures...”, The Star Ledger, Mar. 4, 1984, (Reproduction).
S&M News, Vol. 3, No. 2, 1995, “Anything For Love”, (Reproduction and Biography).
Tom of Finland 6th Annual Erotic Art Fair Catalog, 2000, (Reproduction).
Transformation, Number 8, 1995, “Photos of Bountiful Beauty”, (Reproductions /Quotes).
Time Out New York, Muse d’Horn By Ashlea Halpern, Weds. May 7, 2008, (critiques).


Zappa Buck (offset litho poster)

Electric Pete Comix #1 - comic book, (B/W), 7” x 10”, 32 pages, Edition: 1,500 (NOTE: Approx. 1,000 + copies lost in flood damage, circa1984)

Cartoons in mini comix published by Clay Geerdes' Comix World, Berkeley, CA:
A Boy and His Dinosaur  - solo, (B/W), 4 1/4” x 5 1/2”, 8 pages, Ed: 500
BabyFat #11 - Topless Female Marine Gets Order of the Boot
Babyfat #12 - Spuddering Mad
Babyfat #12 - The Hawkeye Fish
Babyfat #12 - J. Fred Muggs?
Babyfat #13 - A Boy and His Dinosaur, (1 page)
Babyfat #14 - Sounds Fishy
Babyfat #18 - At a Snail's Pace
Babyfat #19 - Monstrous Tale
BabyFat #35, (Cover)
Fried Brains #3 - Never Leave Home Again
Funny Organs #1 - Hey Boys and Girls -- Donate
Animal Bites #1 - A Boy and His Dinosaur #2, (1 page)
Cold Turkey #1 - Pity The Poor Astronaut
New Moon - Would You Care To
Organs On Parade #1 - The Penile Bros, (Back Cover)

Panelular Modulationalism #1  - mini comix, (B/W), 4 1/4” x 5 1/2”, 8 pages, Edition: 250
Panelular Modulationalism #2  - mini comix, (B/W), 4 1/4” x 5 1/2”, 8 pages, Edition: 250
Electric Pete Comix #2 - comic book, (B/W), 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, 32 pages, Edition: 250
Electric Pete Comix #3 - comic book, (B/W), 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, 32 pages, Edition: 250

Pan Mod number seven  - comix and drawings book, (B/W), 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, Edition: 250
Electric Pete Comix #4  - comic book, (Color + B/W), 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, 32 pages, Edition: 250

Mean Thin Lines - drawings, (B/W), 4 1/4” x 5 1/2”, 8 pages, Edition: 250

Gibberish - drawings, (B/W), 4 1/4” x 5 1/2”, 8 pages, Edition: 100
Fran Mod - photographic portfolio, (B/W), 5” x 7”, Edition: 13
Line Drawings - photographic portfolio, (B/W), 5” x 7”, Edition: 22

‘N Now A Senseless Waste of Paper - drawings, (B/W), 4 1/4” x 5 1/2”, 8 pages, Edition: 100
But I Like To Draw - drawings, (B/W), 4 1/4” x 5 1/2”, 8 pages, Edition: 100

In Bed - photographic portfolio, (B/W), 8” x 10”, Edition: 7

Life Drawings, drawings and poetry portfolio, (B/W), 8 1/2” x 11”, Edition: 100
Marianne, photo narrative xerographic artist book, (color + B/W), 4” x 5 1/2”, Edition: 110

Little Black Book, xerographic print portfolio, (color + B/W), 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, Ed: 76
Anything For Love ‘95, laser poster, (color), 11” x 17”, Edition: 100

A Pet Odyssey, (color calendar)

Who you gonna be with (music CD)

Does The King in Power (book 1 - poetry, cover drawing)
The Echo Hunter (book 2 - poetry, cover drawing)
Nothing More (book 3 - poetry, cover drawing)
My Guitars Laugh At Me (book 4 - poetry, cover drawing)

Strangers asking forgiveness (book 5 - poetry, cover drawing)


The Malignant Muse, Weekly, Hostess, various characters, guest artists, half-hour shows,
MNN, Chan 67.

The Malignant Muse, Weekly, 52 shows, MNN, Chan. 16.

Eroticism, Segment for Argentina Television.
Sexy NYC with Joey B., MNN, Channel 17.
The Malignant Muse, Weekly, 52 shows, MNN, Chan. 16.

The Malignant Muse, Weekly, 13 shows, MNN, Chan. 16.

Reuters News Service, Sept. 4, 1994, “Wigstock”, (Interview).

The Joe Franklin Show, Aug. 9, 1990, WWOR, Ch. 9, (Interview).

MTV News, Dec. 7 1989, MTV, (Interview).


Art Video, 18 minutes, VHS
What Ain’t Art, 10 minutes, VHS

Original Sin, 7 minutes, VHS
X. Artist, 10 minutes, VHS


Wigstock, the Movie, (Cameo Appearance).


Carnivora, “Sex Machine”, (Barany Books, 2007)
Flash Dragons, The Art of Spider Webb, introduction, (Schiffer, 2007)

Seattle Erotic Art Festival, Program introduction, Seattle, WA

Frances Turner, 38 Paintings, Catalogue essay, (Art At Large, 2005)


Paint By Number, Diver Gallery, Wichita, KS

Erotic Signature Competition
Seattle Erotic Art Festival, The Fenix, (Guest Curator/Lecturer) Seattle, WA

Seattle Erotic Art Festival, Consolidated Works, (Guest Curator/Lecturer) Seattle, WA

Art @ Large, New York City:

Going Underground, June 15 - July 1
Tiny is Good! Tiny Fine Art Group Exhibition, February 18 - April 1
David Hochbaum, These Things Between Us, APRIL 20 - May 13
Ruth Waldman, Suspend, Jan 12 - Feb 4

Seattle Erotic Art Festival, Consolidated Works, (Guest Curator) Seattle, WA
Manner of Solitude, Visual AIDS Web Gallery, October, 2005

Art @ Large, New York City:

Winter Invitational, December 8 - 30, 2005, featuring: H.R. Giger, Sorayama, John John Jesse, Carolyn Weltman, Skip Williamson, David Hochbaum, Niagara, Brian Viveros, Gidget Gein, Michael Kirwan, Ross Johnston,
Carolyn Weltman - Fresh Girls, Nov 10 - 30
John John Jesse - Idol Worship, Oct 13 - Nov 5
HR GIGER - Gigerotique, Sep 8 - 30
FRANCES TURNER (1965 - 2003) Jun 10 - 25
TOM of FINLAND / ETIENNE / LUGER, Exhibition & Auction Apr 7 - 23
CRAZY SEXY HOLLYWOOD, Carlos Batts, Dave Naz, Rick Castro, Estevan Oriol, Patrick Hoelck, Steve Diet Goedde, March 10 - 26
LEYBA & GARRETT - SEX & THE MUSE, Steven Johnson Leyba and Rik Garrett, Feb 10 - 26

Art @ Large, New York City:

X-mas, gallery group show, Dec 9 - 22
BARBARA NITKE, Illuminata: Are You Curious?, NOV 11 - 27, 2004
Brian Viveros, Smokin’ Babes, OCT 14 - 30
JOHN JOHN JESSE - Punk Electrique - SEP 9 - OCT 2

Art @ Large, New York City:

CAROLYN WELTMAN - Ohhhh Baby! December 4 - 27
DAVID HOCHBAUM - Below Us is the Sky November 6 - 29
ANNIE SPRINKLE - Photographs September 4 - 27
FRED HATT - LifeForce July 10 - August 2, 2003
Frances Turner, Flesh in Oil, May 29 - June 21
Ducky DooLittle, Fan Mail, April 24 - May 17
Steven Johnson Leyba, Skin Walker, March 20, - April 12
Sonja Wagner, Ruby Legs, February 13 - March 8
Andy Kane & Anonymous Folk Art, Kane & the Somewhat Able, January 16 - February 7

Art @ Large, New York City:

Group Sex II, 43 artists group show, December 5 - January 4, 2003,
John John Jesse, Catholica Erotica, October 30 - November 24
Of Quentin Crisp, Photographs from the Quentin Crisp Archives, Sept 28 - Oct 19
Barbara Nitke, Twenty Years, July 10 - Aug 3
Michael Rosen, Lust & Romance, June 7 - 29
Charles Gatewood, Wet Dreams, May 3 - 25

Sacred Body Art Gallery, 365 Canal Street, New York City:

Unseen, January, Gallery Artists Group Show
Bambini does the Tattoo Parlor, February 4 - 27, Vincent Bambini
Industrial Reincarnation, March 4 - 27, Frank Pawlowski
2 Bodies, April 1 - 24, Pet Silvia
Wet Dreams, May, Charles Gatewood
Extremities, June - July, Non-Photo, Gallery Artists Group Show
Edge - the Experience, August - September, S/M Photo Gallery Artists Group Show

Erotica ‘99, Jacob Javits Center, New York City
Sacred Body Art Gallery Installation, Gallery Artists

The Belmont Lounge, 117 East 15th Street, New York City:
Menage a’ 5 - Group Show, June 1 - July 1

Sacred Body Art Gallery, 365 Canal Street, New York City:

Sculptures, Drawings, Collages, etc..., Dec 3 - Dec 26, Morrie Cramer
The Phallus as an Artistic Motif..., Oct 29 - Nov 21, Richard Foster
Sacred + Profane, Oct 1 - Oct 24, Gallery Artists Group Show
PinUps, PinDowns, Sept 3 - Sept 26, Jason Freeny
Body Mods, July 9 - Aug 29, Summer Gallery Artists Group Show
FleshLight, June 11 - July 4, Fred Hatt
Synthetic Skin, May 14 - June 6, Ann Marie Auricchio
Sex Object, April 16 - May 9, Pet Silvia
Reliquary, Mar 19 - Apr 11, Leslie Samuels
Group Sex, Feb 19 - Mar 14, Gallery Artists Group Show


1967-1971 Newark School of Fine and Industrial Art, Newark, NJ.
                  Major: Fine Arts; Minor: Mechanical Drawing


Printed Matter Artist Books

Seattle Erotic Art Festival

ask ART

Kinsey Institute Gallery, Indiana University

Sex TV

Visual Aids Gallery, Curator

HR Giger

Museum of Sex

Leslie Lohman Foundation

Tom of Finland Foundation

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Friday, March 31, 2017


Reverend Peter John Silvia, a.k.a. Pete Silvia, a.k.a. Pet Silvia, born December 7, 1953, is an american poet, artist, and musician.

Early life

Raised in Newark New Jersey by his maternal grandparents since age two, Silvia grew up during a time when truth, freedom, and love seemed more abundant. That would be the 1960's. He began drawing, writing, and playing guitar at an early age and had an equal desire and talent for all three.

He attended Arts High School, (Newark School of Fine and Industrial Art), in Newark, a vocational school for art and music and excelled at his art classes and gradually failed miserably at all other academics, except English literature. He dropped out in his senior year growing weary of school authority, and the novelty of a first name basis with the vice-principal, whom he was sent to almost daily, wore off after awhile. He loved all his art teachers, and his mechanical drawing teacher, who said he had taken the curriculum farther than anyone else in the schools history.


Beginning a professional music career in the late 1960's, Silvia was a finalist in the WABC radio "Big Break" talent show at Carnegie Hall in New York when he was sixteen. He performed at many venues during the 1970's including a few nights at the legendary CBGB's in downtown Manhattan. He left the music business after being fired from a nightclub on his birthday in 1978, though he did perform during the mid eighties for a time.

He worked at the Newark Public Library, which lasted for nearly 15 years, starting out as a 'book stack boy', to head clerk of the U.S. Government Documents Division, and graduating to the manager of Photographic Services five years prior to the time of his leave in 1985.

Silvia was a member of the Newave comix movement which was mostly organized, published and inspired by Clay Geerdes and his Comix World newsletter out of Berkeley California. There were many works both self-published and cartoon pages published by Geerdes of many important mini comics artists during the late seventies and early eighties.

His self published Electric Pete Comix, and other mini comix and books were done between 1979 and 1984. Other books and photographic portfolios were made during the 80's, 90's and more recently several books of selected poetry since 2013.

Begining in 1985, he lived off of his meager pension money for a while, living with his mother, half brother and half sister for the first time for several years. He came into the employ of several printing reproduction houses in Morristown N.J. on the night shift and rose to position of manager within six months on both accounts, about five years each.

His radical paintings which incorporated transferred xeroxed images and paint on canvas, were shown in various galleries in New Jersey and New York. His works and interviews were featured on the Joe Franklin Show, and an MTV News segment introduced by Kurt Loder in 1989.

Between 1989 and 1996 he had many of his works published in the I.S.C.A. Quarterly, (The International Society of Copier Artists), where the art of the copier/Xerox print was elevated to fine art status years before the advent of digital Giclée fine art prints. These works of original signed and numbered limited edition artist prints were hand collated and sent to many prestigious museum collections world wide. I.S.C.A. was the brain child and labor of love published by Louise Neaderland, one of the great unsung heroes and champions of art and printmaking.

He met his future wife in Columbus Ohio in early 1995, and lived with her in a tiny apartment in Manhattan for over ten years. During this time, he did commercial work painting murals, constructing architectural models, and designing murals with wide digital format printers.

He had a television show, The Malignant Muse, on Manhattan Cable Network, which gained a cult following in 1997-1999. Performing on the show in drag, and interviewing unknown artists to promote their work, he poked fun at the well known artists because, "they deserved it". This was the period when he went by the name, Pet Silvia. He also had another character named Art Larck, who did a 3-5 minute segment each week called Instructional Painting the Post-Modern Way with your host Art Larck. Silvia donned a black soul patch, shades and reversed cap with a look that combined elements of Beat, Hippie, and Hip-Hop cultures.

He started to curate art exhibitions of many of these artists starting out in the basement of a tattoo shop on Canal Street in NYC, Sacred Body Art Emporium, and then in a gallery that him and his wife ran in Mid-town Manhattan, called Art @ Large. Many prominent underground and erotic artists exhibited there including: HR Giger, Annie Sprinkle, Charles Gatewood, Spider Webb, John John Jesse, Carolyn Weltman, Steven Johnson Leyba, Frances Turner, L.A. Willette, Andy Kane, Sorayama, Gidget Gein, Tom of Finland, and even a horse who painted with a brush in his mouth from Nevada named Cholla.

He has been interviewed in many magazines, newspapers, videos and TV shows within his capacity as curator, and also worked closely with such organizations as the Tom of Finland Foundation, Seattle Erotic Art Festival, the Leslie Lohman Gay Art Foundation, and many other venues. He has written for books published on the works of artists whom he had working relationships with.

Most occupations in no particular order: artist, musician, writer, printer, draftsman, model maker, fine art photographer, sports photographer, yearbook photographer, wedding photographer, portrait photographer, archivist, library clerk, model, limo driver, guitar inspector, insurance clerk, delivery boy, muralist, porn actor, xerox operator, cartoonist, exhibitor, display installer, prop builder, graphic designer, drag queen, TV host, webmaster, gallerist, curator, mat-cutter, picture framer, deli counter worker, poet, diorama builder, performance artist, print shop manager, business manager, actor, bookkeeper, painter, sculptor, fine art print maker, book stack boy, vocalist, bass player, guitarist, sound engineer, director, blueprint operator, artist representative, lecturer, publisher, cook, home repairer, carpenter, ordained reverend.

A few years ago, Silvia moved from New York to Kansas, and endures through this life questioning the insanities of this world and the motherfuckers who would own it.