Armando Silva

I, Armando Silva was born in Sombrerete, Zacatecas, Mexico. My family moved to the Northern Colorado area in search of the American Dream when I was just five. I quickly became familiar with pop culture in America. Everything from Michael Jackson to current cartoons. As a teenager, I submerged myself in the visual and performing arts. As I grew up and became more comfortable with my talents I decided to invest in them and got my BA in Fine Arts from The University of Northern Colorado. Since then, I have used my artistic platform to pursue my passion and purpose. In 2014 I took the artistic leap and dedicated myself full-time to my art career. I believe with my artistic powers I have a responsibility within my community to lead, educate and give back. I paint portraits to help tell stories, in my studio, in public spaces or on stages with my energetic performance painting. My studio is in Greeley as full time artist and I teach hip hop dance classes for The Colorado Dance Collective and The University of Northern Colorado. As a creative I look for opportunities to present my artwork in order to paint a bigger picture. My intuition is to find the greens in a red rose and the blues in an orange. I strive to create work that becomes intentionally a living part of the ecosystem in which it lives.

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Armando Silva is available for full or part-time residencies.

Armando Silva is available for professional development.

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Explore: Dance, Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Acrylic, Hip-hop, Live Painting, Murals, Painting, Public Art, Street Art


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  • Mural Making

    Residency for grades K through 12th

    Mural making is as unique as the space it lives in. It is important to ask questions and create in every space and community with new ideas and answers to those questions. Through my previous experience in public art, I have developed skills in pitching ideas, managing teams, and collaborating on an artistic vision. I believe clarity of ideas and open communication channels are key when executing a major project. They are also great life skills to build on while creating art. I have organized and developed artwork with city officials, art commission boards, non-profits, private business, community centers, universities and public schools. This allows me to talk real life experiences with students on how to practically make art as a living. My role as a creative is to push for everyone to have input in developing the strongest possible idea, while creating access to participate on different levels with the mural. My goal when creating a new work for a school would be to provide creative leadership that results in a project that proudly represents the school’s vision, identity, culture and elevates the experience for every student.

  • Painting

    Workshop or Residency for grades K through 12th

    Armando takes students on reductive painting class. This is the principle method used during performance painting. Students will learn about mapping an image in their heads and using value as their main tool to create. Students will focus on popular/iconic portraits and create their very own live painting.

  • Dance

    Workshop or Residency for grades K through 12th

    Armando has been dancing since the age of three and believes that expression through the body comes before anything else. Armando will use hip hop foundations to explore creativity, courage, identity and self awareness. Dance is something that will come up in everyone’s life and becoming more comfortable with body movement is a must. Students will be asked to think critically about who they are and what they represent and give that value. We will highlight basic moves that can be built upon over time.