Silke is a consecrated, internationally recognized artist specializing in textile art. Born in Austria, she resides in Argentina, the country she represents, since 1949.
She creates large tapestry series. Her integral vision of the arts has led her to interdisciplinary performances, installations where stage design, theater, music and poetry are folded into the representations of her tapestries.

Her thematic cycles are: “Exteriority-Interiority”, “Letters to a young poet”, by Rilke, “Andean America”, “Spirituality”, “The 4 Elements”, “The Arcana in Silk”, “The Keys of Enoch”, “We are all one”, among others.


She has exhibited her works in Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Mexico, the United States, Canada, Australia, Russia, Finland, Poland, England, Germany, Austria, Portugal, and Spain, in more than 250 exhibitions. 

For over 40 years, she has taught workshops and seminars on creativity all over the world.

During her long artistic career she put special emphasis on INTERNATIONALIZING Argentine Textile Art.

INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITIONS:

  • “TEXTILKUNST ‘81”, International Exhibition of Textile Art of 32 countries in Linz and at the KÜNSTLERHAUS, Vienna, Austria.
  • ARGENTINE POSTAGE STAMP – Selection of the “Interpretation of the Rectangle” issued by Encotel, Argentina.
  • ITINERANT TOUR throughout Europe, integrating the group “BUENOS AIRES 3”, with the sponsorship of the Argentine Minister of Foreign Affairs and Culture:
    • GALERIE IM OSRAM-HAUS, München, Germany
    • GALERIE ERIKA STEINMEYER, Nuremberg, Germany
    • KÜNSTLERHAUS GALERIE, Vienna, Austria
    • PALAYS PALFFY, Vienna, Austria
    • INSTITUT FÜR TEXTILE KUNST, Linz, Austria
    • LANDESMUSEUM JOHANNEUM, Graz, Austria
    • MUSEUM DER STADT NÜRNBERG, Alemania.
  • POSTAGE STAMP “Manger”, issued by Encotel – Argentina.
  • IN – AKT (Internationale Aktionsgemeinschaft Bildender Künstler), Vienna, Austria and Bonn, Germany.
  • VI SALON MICHOACANO INTERNACIONAL DEL TEXTIL EN MINIATURA, invited artists from Brasil, México y Argentina. MORELIA, Michoacán, and at the MUSEO CARRILLO GIL, Mexico City, Mexico.
  • GALERIA NOUVEAU, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Solo show
  • ENCUENTRO SUDAMERICANO de MINITEXTIL, SUBTE, Montevideo, Uruguay.
  • PALAIS DE GLACE, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • Porto Alegre, Brasil.
  • MUSEO DE ARTE AMERICANO de MALDONADO, Punta del Este, Uruguay. Muestra individual.
  • INTERNATIONAL TAPESTRY SYMPOSIUM “World Weavers”, Melbourne, Australia.
  • BOOK: “ARTE TEXTIL ARGENTINO HOY”, book created in association with Beutelspacher. Was awarded ”Best Book from Argentina“ and “Best Book from Latin America”. Presented, along with the works, in the Argentina Centro Cultural Ciudad de Buenos Aires: BOOK and WORKS
  • “ARTISTAS LATINOAMERICANOS”, Mexico City, México.
  • ITINERANT TOUR through Europe with 42 works, as part of the group “BUENOS AIRES 3” with the sponsorship of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Culture.
    • Bavarian Cultural Center, Leverkusen, Germany.
    • SCHLOSS EBELSBERG, with a performance at the castle’s courtyard, Linz, Austria.
    • LAENDERBANK, Vienna, Austria
    • FUNDACION CALOUSTE GULBENKIAN, Lisbon, Portugal
    • PALACIO DE CONGRESALES Y EXPOSITORES, Sala Joan Miró, Madrid, Spain.
  • 1st SOUTH AMERICAN MINITEXTILE ENCOUNTER:
    • SUBTE, Montevideo, Uruguay.
    • PALAIS DE GLACE, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
    • Porto Alegre, Brasil.
  • MUSEO DE ARTE AMERICANO de MALDONADO, Punta del Este, Uruguay. Solo show.
  • INTERNATIONAL TAPESTRY SYMPOSIUM , “World Weavers”, Melbourne, Australia
  • ITINERANT TOUR for the International Program “CONTEMPORARY ARGENTINIAN TEXTILES ART”, Canada, in 12 MUSEUMS and NATIONAL GALLERIES, lasting 2 years, sponsored by the Argentine Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cultural Area.
    • Galerie d´art du Centre, Ontario; John Diefenbaker Centre, Saskatchewan; Kelowna Art Gallery of South Western Manitoba, Manitoba; Centre d´exposition de Val d´Or, Québec; La Maison des Arts, Québec; Owens Art Gallery, New Brunswick.
  • EVENTO 89 BRASILERO – ARGENTINO -URUGUAYO, Porto Alegre, Brasil.
  • BIENAL DE CUBA DE MINITEXTIL, La Habana, Cuba.
  • BUENOS AIRES 2 “The 4 Elements” SALA VIÑA DEL MAR, Valparaíso, Chile.
  • GALERIA ARAMAYO “The 4 Elements”, Montevideo, Uruguay.
  • “6 ARTISTAS ARGENTINAS” MUSEO DE ARTE AMERICANO, Punta del Este, Uruguay.
  • CHATEAU DE CHASSY in Morvan, France. International competition, Quilting, Borgogne.
  • PRIZE for best realization.
  • PRIZE for best creation.
  • II “ENCUENTRO LATINOAMERICANO DE ARTE TEXTIL EN MINIATURA”:
    • SUBTE, Montevideo, Minas, Uruguay.
    • MAGRAS, Porto Alegre, Brasil.
    • PALAIS de GLACE, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
    • Bogotá, Colombia.
  • ITINERANT TOUR throughout Europe with the sponsorship of the Argentine Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cult, with the exhibition of “THE 4 ELEMENTS”:
    • DEUTSCHES TEXTILMUSEUM KREFELD , Germany. Solo show
    • NATIONAL MUSEUM OF ORIENTAL ART, Moscow, Russia. Solo show
    • TAIDETEOLLISUUSMUSEO Helsinki, MOISON KARTANO: Elimäki, Finland. Solo show
    • TEXTIL MUSEUM MAX BERK, Heidelberg, Germany. Solo show
    • CENTRAL MUSEUM OF TEXTILES, Lódz, Poland Solo show
  • 8th INTERNATIONAL TRIENNALE OF TAPESTRY , , CENTRAL MUSEUM OF TEXTILES, Lódz, Poland.
  • COOFUNDER of the INTERNACIONAL Movement of Textile ART: WTA (Word Textile Art) invited artist “RENACER PRECOLOMBINO“, Miami, USA. THE FLORIDA MUSEUM OF HISPANIC AND LATIN AMERICAN ART, USA.
  • 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY: WOMEN IN TEXTILE ART, Miami, U.S.A.
  • Co-organization of the “5th International Bienniale of Textile Art” in Argentina of the “5th Bienniale WTA (World Textile Art) in 16 Museums and Art Centers.
  • International exhibition FIBRAS ’09, Aranjuez y Zaragoza, España.
  • Invited to Brasil as “International guest artist” at the “2nd Quilt & Craft Show”. Workshops and exhibition of the series: “We are all One” and “The 4 Elements”. Curitiba, BRASIL
  • Exhibition “Travesías Textiles 2013”, – Punta del Este. Organized by World Textile Art and Maldonado Cultural Centre. Maldonado – Punta del Este, Uruguay
  • Invited artista for “20 años WTA” Precolombian and native art Museum, Montevideo, Uruguay.
  • International invited artist at the Atchugarray Foundation, Punta del Este, Uruguay.

NATIONAL EXHIBITS AND DISTICTIONS:

  • Selected to participate in the National Halls in 1980, 1982, 1988, 1992, 2002.
  • Selected to participate in the City Halls “Eduardo Sívori” in 1973, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1999.
  • Participated in exhibitions at the Palais de Glace, Museum Eduardo Sívori, Centro Cultural Recoleta, Museum Castagnino, Museum Rómulo Raggio, Museum of Modern Art from Buenos Aires, Museum of Modern Art from Mendoza, Museum Pueyrredón, Museum of Fine Arts from Quilmes, Museum of Fine Arts from Salta ,Museum MALBA, A.P.A., CHRISTIES and Art galleries with solo showes exhibitions like Wildenstein, Praxis, Gradiva, RG en el ARTE, Buen Ayre, Marienbad, Atelier, Ática among others.
  • 2nd PRIZE in the I. SALÓN DE TAPICES DE LA PROVINCIA DE BUENOS AIRES. Azul, Argentina.
  • UNIQUE AWARD only for FOREIGNERS at the III. SALÓN NACIONAL DE TAPICES de la República Argentina.
  • AQUISITION AWARD in the IV. SALÓN NACIONAL DE TAPICES DE LA REPÚBLICA ARGENTINA, Palais de Glace.
  • 1st PRIZE in the I. SALON DEL SUR, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • 9 ARTISTAS ARGENTINOS in CITIBANK, with acquisition of: “Vivencias de dos Mundos” (Experiencing two worlds).
  • 1st PRIZE in the I. SALON MARIANO MORENO, Argentina.
  • CENTRO CULTURAL CIUDAD DE BUENOS AIRES “THE 4 ELEMENTS AND SILKE” , Buenos Aires, Argentina. Exhibition with INSTALLATION. Solo show
  • Invited artist for “TEXTILE ART 1990”, MUSEO Of MODERN ART, for the Swiss-Argentinean Fundation, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • TEATRO REAL “THE 4 ELEMENTS AND SILKE” with installation. Córdoba, Argentina. Solo show.
  • Invited artist in the GOVERNOR’S MANSION. Solo show
  • “THE ARCANA IN SILK” MUSEO NACIONAL DE ARTE DECORATIVO. Multi-disciplinary exhibition performance. Buenos Aires, Argentina. Solo show
  • 1st PRIZE MUSEO EDUARDO SIVORI, 98 – 99 XVI MUNICIPAL BIENNALE OF TAPESTRY, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • HONORABLE MENTION BOOK: Silke, “The Arcana in Silk” COMPETITION: Art books and Architecture, Argentina.
  • MUSEO DE BELLAS ARTES E. CARAFFA, “The Arcana in Silk”. Multi-disciplinary exhibition with INSTALLATION and CHOIR, Córdoba, Argentina. Solo show
  • OLD MARKET , “The Arcana in Silk”. Multi-disciplinary exhibition with INSTALLATION – ACTING– DANCING – Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina. Solo show
  • The MULTIFACETED-EXHIBITION “The Arcana in Silk” was declared of “NATIONAL INTEREST”.
  • PLAZA DEL AGUA, “The Arcana in Silk” . Multi-disciplinary exhibition with INSTALLATION and INTEACTIVE THEATER– DANCING – AERIAL DANCE – MUSIC, Mar del Plata, Argentina. Solo show.
  • “The Arcana in Silk” at the National Museum of Decorative Art, forming part of the “5th International Biennial of Textile Art” (WTA) Multi-disciplinary exhibition with INSTALLATION and PERFORMANCE, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Solo show
  • “Arte Textil: Precursores”(WTA), Salas Federales, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • “CAREER ACHIVEMENT UNIQUE AWARD”, awarded by ARTISTAS PREMIADOS ARGENTINOS (APA), Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • BOOK: “Witness or Protagonist? Tips to Developing Creativity.” Authors: Silke and Alejandra Benitez. Publishing house: El hilo de Ariadna, Costantini Foundation -MALBA (Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires), Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • “THE ARCANA IN ACTION”, live textile art at Arte Espacio, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • 1st PRIZE SALON NACIONAL DE ARTE TEXTIL – MUSEO ROMULO RAGGIO.

PUBLICATIONS

SILKE’s artwork has been cited and reproduced in many books and publications:

  • “DOCUMENTA” 86, 87, 88, 89, 98
  • 1989, agosto “ARTE AL DIA Internacional“
  • ARTE 80, ARTE 82, ARTE 86, ARTE 87, ARTE 88, ARTE 10, ARTE 11, ARTE 14
  • “TEXTILKUNST”: 1980, 1987 nº 4, 1993 nº 3
  • “ARTE TEXTIL ARGENTINO HOY” en 1986.
  • CD ROM UNESCO: “Iberoamerican Art 1900-1990”
  • “Tramemos”, 1998.
  • SILKE, “THE ARCANA IN SILK”, 1998
  • “Reflejos Argentinos”, 1999
  • “PINTURA CONTEMPORANEA”, 1999
  • “20 LATIN AMERICAN WOMEN”, 1999
  • “ARTE TRASCENDENTAL ARGENTINO”, 1999
  • “HOY ARTE HOY”, 2000
  • “ARGENTINE TEXTILES”, 2003
  • “TRAMEMOS Nro. 58”, 2010
  • “WITNESS OR PROTAGONIST? Tips for developing creativity,” by Alejandra Benitez and
    SILKE, 2010.
  • “WOMEN’S FORUM, THE ARGENTINE WOMEN OF THE BICENTENARY, 2010, “PRESENCIA
    CREATIVA en Buenos Aires”, 2010
  • “TESTIGOS O PROTAGONISTAS claves para desarrollar la Creatividad” en el 2010
  • “TEXTILES, The Art of Mankind” por Mary Schoeser en Inglaterra. En 2012
  • “GENERAL ART HISTORY IN ARGENTINA” (XII) in 2015. Silke is part of
    history in the chapter titled “Textile Art from´60 to 2000”, written by Ruth Corcuera. Published by the
    Academia Nacional de Bellas Artes.
  • “Colección del Museo de Artes Plásticas Eduardo Sívori” en 2016
  • “IN ZWEI WELTEN – Frauenbiografien zwischen Europa und Argentinien. 2017
    Deutschsprachige Emigration und Exil im 20. Jahrhundert”, 2017
  • “ARTE AL BORDE” (Chile), 2017.