HECTOR SILVA | Artist Focus

Rope, 2010

“If no one’s trying to censor you, then you’re probably not doing anything that important.” —Hector Silva

Amor y Luchas, 2012

I explore themes of cultural identity, because as Latinos, we are often erased from the social portrait. and then when you add being queer to that, we can really disappear. But I also think that the “positive image” strategy can be a trap, and as an artist, I feel responsible for showing art that is not only beautiful but truthful.

Los Hijos de Doña Rita, 2011

I want my work to be accessible, always giving the viewer a way into the image. I feel that ‘high art’ often excludes people, and I am strongly against that. I think art should invite people in and engage them in a conversation, aesthetic, political, philosophical, erotic, whatever.

FF #3, 2006

When I make art, my intended audience is not only the person that attends museums and galleries. I feel very strongly that art belongs in the streets. Putting art in the streets has been part of Latino culture for a long time, and we see it all the time, from murals to graffiti. I consider myself part of that tradition. I think art belongs in the street, and on the street is a lot of art.

—Hector Silva

Installation on TOM House ceiling, 2009

Hector Silva is a self-taught artist based in Los Angeles who has been producing work for more than 20 years. He is very community-oriented and was recently selected as one of Adelante‘s 20 individuals, who are among the most influential within the Latino Gay and Lesbian community, for his position as a role-model, innovative thinker, and leader in social change. Being raised in Jalisco, Mexico and now living in Los Angeles, Silva draws from the rich Latino/Chicano culture that has always surrounded him and incorporates it into his artwork. He pulls from the exposure he has had to public art, such as murals and graffiti, and appreciates the fact that it allows any person to interact with and admire it. Silva accredits religious iconography, Frida Kahlo, M.C. Escher, Tom of Finland, and Chicano prison art as his primary influences. Exploring themes of cultural identity, Silva feels a responsibility to portray not only beauty, but truth in his artwork. Today, Silva’s work is collected internationally, receiving acclaim in the US and abroad.

in 2018, Silva was inducted into Tom of Finland Foundation’s Artist Hall of Fame.

A large number of works by Hector Silva are currently on view in the TOM House Drawing Room. For tour information please call 213.250.1685

Tom of Finland Foundation is one of the largest repositories of erotic art in the world. In an effort to share what we have in our collections, we showcase different artists.


A night of pleasure. And pain. LA style.

Graphics by Iphigenia Lee

BOUND aims to create experiences that place emphasis on sonic encounters and visual stimuli, with the exploration of pleasure and pain.

Bound’s mission has been to occupy spaces and generate unique experiences for femme-identified, GNC and trans people that are “freer” from the discordant gaze of society.

Your Host © Buck Angel

Buck is the founder of Buck Angel Entertainment, a media production company. A transsexual man, he received the 2007 AVN Award as Transsexual Performer of the Year; he now works as an advocate, educator, lecturer, and writer.

Fetish attire desired

9:30PM Rachel Mason

10:00PM Katie Rex

10:30PM Latex Lucifer

11:30PMFee Lion

11:45PM Marshstepper

12:45AMMinimal Violence




Peter Fiske book launch | 18th August | TOM House

Avatar Club Los Angeles and Tom of Finland Foundation invite you to a celebration of the new book, My Leather Life: Early Years by Peter S. Fiske, narrated by Thomas V. Peterson.

My Leather Life: Early Years by Peter S. Fiske

Jack Fritscher writes, “At the center of leather life for 50 years, Peter Fiske whips up history in his delightfully conversational new memoir.” Tim Brough calls Peter’s book “one hell of a ride,” and Race Bannon characterizes it as “a gift to the leather world.”

Peter will read from his memoir and sign copies. Books will be available for purchase.

Light refreshments will be served.