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Exterior of Silence Is Accurate Art Gallery, 160 Albert Rd, Woodstock, Unit AL 18B, Cape Town, 7915, South Africa


1. Art Gallery
2. Artists
3. Ephemeral
4. Exhibition
5. Consulting
6. New York City
7. Ongoing Art Gallery Events
8. Sofar Sounds
9. SIA Reads
10. Silence Is Accurate Founder
11. The Name


Silence Is Accurate Art Gallery empty, August 2017


Silence Is Accurate’s Art Gallery is the newest addition to the growing creative community in Woodstock, Cape Town. 
Silence Is Accurate (SIA) is an art gallery and consultancy located in Woodstock, Cape Town and NoMad, NYC.
SIA was established in 2015 as an online visual arts platform. Its content consisted of  interviews with emerging artists, in their studios, about their creative process. The platform also established itself as the go-to guide for art gallery openings and ongoing exhibitions in NYC. In 2016, SIA expanded into an arts consultancy specializing in site-specific installation, neon and contemporary art.
SIA’s art gallery in Woodstock, Cape Town will open its doors on 13 September, 2017. 

Focused on the next generation of collectors, SIA showcases emerging artists working across different mediums. SIA aims to bridge local and international artist communities and provide its artists with greater exposure to new markets. The gallery’s rotating two-person exhibitions center around works that create a dialogue about our generation’s identity, our environment, our questions and relationships. Collaborating with process-driven artists, SIA aims to inspire and continue conversations that address the human condition across time and culture.



Zio Ziegler at his studio in Mill Valley, CA, 2017


*This section will be updated as more exhibitions are announced.

Kiley Ames
B.1976 in Connecticut, USA
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY
Silence Is Accurate Exhibitions: Ephemeral,  4 January - 3 February, 2018

BIO: Kiley Ames lives and works in Brooklyn, NY and Oakland, CA. She received her BA in History from UCLA, a BFA from Art Center College of Design and an MFA from the New York Academy of Art. Ames has been awarded residencies in Beijing and Shanghai as well as Leipzig, Germany. She is the recipient of multiple grants including the Barbara Deming Memorial Grant, Leslie T. and Frances U. Posey Foundation and the Vermont Studio Center. In addition to her own studio practice, she freelances at Annie Leibovitz Studio.  Recent exhibitions include In the Labyrinth, New York University Kimmel Galleries, It Figures: The Body in Art, Arc Gallery, Chicago ILL; States of Reality, Gallery 66, Cold Springs, NY, and Postcards from the Edge, Sikkema Jenkins Gallery, New York. In 2018, Ames will have her first international solo exhibit in Cape Town, South Africa and her first museum exhibition at the American University Museum in Washington, D.C.

Jonathan Chapline
B.1987 in Georgia, USA
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY
Silence Is Accurate Exhibitions: Ephemeral, 4 January - 3 February, 2018

BIO: “My practice is about the exploration between the digital and the physical. I emulate digital modes of representational space produced physically through paint. Sourcing different imagery from stock photos, movie scenes and photographs, I combine them to create the overall image which plays into familiar archetypes of anonymous online identities. Modes of incidence from the digital sources are retained in the overall painting through the shapes, the colors, and the gradients. Digital elements are achieved through the hard edge lines in paint which translates as the pen tool from Photoshop. Through the process, the paint builds up giving tactile experiences in a digital language.”

Ruann Coleman
B.1988 in Johannesburg, South Africa
Lives and works in Stellenbosch, Cape Town
Education: MFA Painting, University of Stellenbosch, Cape Town + BFA Painting University of Stellenbosch, Cape Town
Silence Is Accurate Exhibitions: immeasurable 13 September - 15 October, 2017

BIO: Ruann Coleman was born in 1988 in Johannesburg, South Africa. He obtained a Masters of Fine Art in 2014 from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, prior to which he completed a Bachelor of Fine Art, from the same institution in 2012. Coleman presented his first solo exhibition, titled; Balancing Act, at SMAC Gallery in Stellenbosch in 2014. In 2015, he was the artist in residence at the Centro Luigi Di Sarro in Rome, Italy, which culminated in his debut international solo exhibition titled Found: Rome. His work was included in OUT OF CONTEXT at the UJ Art Gallery, Johannesburg in 2015 as well as The Space Between Maps at the Absa Gallery in Johannesburg in 2016. He presented a solo exhibition, titled Ulterior as a special project at the 2016 FNB Joburg Art Fair and he was selected to take part in the Corso Superiore di Arti Visive (CSAV) – Artists Research Laboratory at the Fondazione Antonio Ratti in Como, Italy in July 2016.

Between residencies Ruann Coleman continues to live and work in both Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa. His works are included in the Spier Art Collection, South Africa ; the MAAM Art Museum’s Collection in Rome, Italy and the Centro Luigi di Sarro’s Collection in Rome, Italy.

Nicolas Holiber
B.1985 in New York, USA.
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY
Education: MFA Painting, New York Academy of Art, NYC
Silence Is Accurate Exhibitions: Ephemeral, 8 February - 10 March, 2018

BIO: Nicolas Holiber is a Brooklyn based artist and educator who paints, sculpts, and creates public artwork. Holiber's art is characterized by its unique use of materials and vivid use of color, creating multidimensional works that combine painting, drawing, and sculpture. Recent projects and awards include public commissions for the NYC Parks Department, Bloomfield College (NJ), and LMCC’s Process Space Residency Program on Governors Island.

Dana James
B.1986 in New York, USA.
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NYC
Education: BFA Painting, School of Visual Arts, NYC
Silence Is Accurate Exhibitions: TBD, 2018

BIO: Dana James, a New York native and daughter of artists. She was the founder and curator of Elgin Gallery in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, as well as the former Associate Director of Life on Mars Gallery in Bushwick, Brooklyn.
Dana now paints full time and has exhibited extensively both in and outside of New York. Her paintings combine her exquisite sense of touch, incorporating multiple mediums and textures created by the process of pouring. She pushes the boundaries between abstraction and representation, drawing on imagery as wide-ranging as the mundane found-in-suburbia, man­made bodies of water, and sci-fi imagery, all the while referencing the great American tradition of Color Field Painting, creating a fresh language and all her own.

Martine Johanna 
B.     in Netherlands, Europe.
Lives and works in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Education: MFA Painting, ArtEZ – Institute of the Arts, Arnhem, NL + BFA Painting, ArtEZ – Institute of the Arts, Arnhem, NL
Silence Is Accurate Exhibitions: Ephemeral, TBD, 2018

BIO: Martine Johanna is an artist mostly known for her vivid paintings with both figurative and abstract elements. Her autobiographical works, seemingly light hearted, explore the duality between youthful naivety and anxiety-riddled adulthood. The often female figures, fierce but fragile, crowd the compositions and occupy the majority of the space gazing distractedly into the beyond. Each of the delicately rendered figures convey a sense of full immersion within their own “internal psychic landscape.” The work is imbued with a mysterious narrative and sensation of knowing that each character in the work has a full and complex history that the viewer can never fully comprehend. The paintings have a signature prismatic palette, visually stimulating and playful while expressing an underlying sense of uncertainty and unrest. Martine Johanna has had international success exhibiting extensively in the Netherlands and abroad. A background in fashion design has influenced her depiction and ease with the female figure. Inspiration for her work include a mixture of childhood and autobiographical memories and experiences, documentaries on human nature, independent films and history.

Javier Martin
B.1985 Spain, Europe. 
Lives and works in Miami, Florida
Education: Self-taught
Silence Is Accurate Exhibitions: Ephemeral, 15 March - 14 April, 2018 (solo exhibition)

BIO: Javier Martin is a multidisciplinary artist who bases his creative exploration on the careful observation of his surroundings, detecting semiotic relationships that might otherwise pass by unnoticed to an unperceptive viewer. With this approach, the artist constructs situations that invite reflection on impending matters in today’s world.
Martin has equally experimented in painting, collage, sculpture, performance art and video art. Through his work, he proposes relationships among forms, surfaces, textures, and scenarios in which objects used on a daily basis relate to each other in unexpected ways. He consistently demonstrates his capacity to masterfully manipulate and related materials and situations to construct sharp visual metaphors. 
His works carry eloquent meaning and profound political messages, inducing viewers to reflect on their own behavior and social responsibility.

Erik Otto
B.1980 in California, USA.
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY and San Francisco, CA
Education: BFA Illustration, San Jose State University, CA
Silence Is Accurate Exhibitions: Recent Works September 2016 - January, 2017 | From One Place To The Next September 2017 | Ephemeral, 19 April - 19 May, 2018

BIO: Erik Otto is a mixed-media artist working professionally in the creative disciplines of painting, sculpture and site-specific installation for over 10 years. Erik has held exhibitions nationally in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington DC and internationally in Vancouver, Mexico City, and Berlin. He was selected for the SF Recology Artist-in-Residence Program, received the VSCO Artist Initiative Grant, and produced work for YBCA Bay Area Now 7. He currently has work held in the private collections of the Grand Hyatt, Microsoft, LinkedIn, One Medical Group, and Uber.

Dan Sabau

B.1977 in Romania, Europe
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY
Education: Cleveland Institute of Art, OH
SILENCE IS ACCURATE EXHIBITIONS: Immeasurable, 13 September - 14 October, 2014

BIO: Dan Sabau (b. 1977, Romania) is a painter working primarily in portraiture in a unique style fusing classical nodes of beauty with an original, colorful, and sentimental stroke of contemporary influence. Sabau enjoys exploring with watercolor due to its unpredictability and tension. Additionally, he appreciates the nature of the medium because he must relinquish his control over it to keep its integrity. Sabau is inspired by the idea of restraint, letting go and also the technique, confident brushwork and palette of artists like Diego Velazquez, John Ottis Adams and Singer Sargent. 

Sabau has exhibited extensively through New York. Santa Fe and  Cleveland Ohio. Twenty of his pieces were featured in the award winning Independent Sundance Film, Happythankyoumoreplease (2010). Private collectors include Tobey Maguire, Shane MacGowen, Barbara + Irwin Weinberg, Mauricio Ezquanazi and Sebastian Clayton. 

Nik Shanlin
B. in USA
Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA
Education: B.A. Visual Communication, Art Institute of Atlanta, GA
Silence Is Accurate Exhibitions: TBD, 2018

BIO: Nik Shanlin is a Los Angeles-based artist and designer who holds a B.A. in visual communication from AIA in Atlanta, GA. Since graduating, Nik has pursued a multi-disciplinary career in design while gradually building upon his studio work. Nik Shanlin's style of modernistic painting, is a convergence of mediums and techniques that culminate in meticulously crafted aesthetic and tonal nuance that is part at random, part intentional.

Lynnea Holland-Weiss
B.1990 in California, USA
Lives and works in Cleveland, OH
Education: Painting, Rhode Island School of Design, RI + BFA, Painting, California College of the Arts, CA
Silence Is Accurate Exhibitions: Ephemeral, 8 February - 10 March, 2018

BIO:  Lynnea Holland-Weiss is a painter focused on the human subject and navigating a vibrantly emotional color palette. Coming from a background in dance, her interest in body language and charting people’s movement through space and time is deeply rooted within her. In this way, her paintings can also feel cinematic. Lynnea grew up in Berkeley, California and received her BFA from California College of the Arts. While primarily being based in Oakland, she has spent time traveling and living in other cities around the US, and now has relocated her studio to Cleveland, Ohio. In addition to her studio practice, she actively puts work up publicly and paints murals. She wants her work to be an accessible part of the everyday experience for someone to stumble upon, in addition to being found in the gallery museum setting. Her murals currently live both nationally and internationally and her work has been exhibited throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, and in other US cities, such as Philadelphia, Brooklyn, Los Angeles, Seattle, Atlanta, Chicago and others. Her work has been recognized through sources, such as New American Paintings, Fresh Paint Magazine, Juxtapoz, Studio Visit Magazine, Contemporary Art Curator and The Artblog.

Zio Ziegler
B.1988 in California, USA
Lives and works in San Francisco, CA
Education: BFA Painting, Rhode Island School of Design, RI
Silence Is Accurate Exhibitions: Ephemeral, 4 January - 3 February, 2018

BIO: Zio Ziegler is an American artist known for his intricately patterned paintings and his large-scale murals, which can be seen in major cities in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Zio Ziegler studied at The Rhode Island School of Design and Brown University. Since graduating with a BFA from RISD in 2010, Ziegler has developed an international studio and mural practice to support his philosophy that art should be available to all. His work reflects the diverse influences of late medieval and quattrocento painting, aboriginal, African and native art, and the European graffiti movement. Driven by intuition and depicted with a playful use of space and materials, his subject matter reflects the human condition, with reference to allegorical, mythical and artistic lineage. He paints in the belief that his paintings complete themselves by triggering self-discovery in their viewers. He currently lives and works in San Francisco.




Keeping with SIA’s reputation of creating conversations around bodies of art, the gallery's opening exhibitions will center around the curatorial theme - Ephemeral. 
Ephemeral is SIA's series of two-person rotating exhibitions over 5-months, October 2017 through March 2018. Ephemeral is the result of an ongoing fascination with the rapid generation of new, fleeting identities, the histories that create them, and the space that self-understanding occupies in our viral driven era. 
The exhibitions seek to examine the seeming surge of self-indulgence during unstable times, and this trait’s effect on a generation that simultaneously appears in pursuit of pure connections. Ephemeral examines the evolutions of identity during new forms of power and their potential aversion to historical accounts. An examination at whether these new narratives are driven by a need to justify one’s actions and choices or if the search of “authentic” self is comparable to self-indulgence.

Lynnea Holland-Weiss, Watery Whispers; She's Still Here, acrylic on canvas, 36 x 48 in., 2017



Ruann Coleman + Dan Sabau - 13 September - 14 October, 2017

Ana Kuni - 26 October - 25 November, 2017

 Group Show - 30 November, 2017 - 29 December, 2017

Jonathan Chapline + Zio Ziegler - 4 January - 3 February, 2018

Nicolas Holiber  +  Lynnea Holland-Weiss  - 8 February - 10 March, 2018

Javier Martin - 15 March - 14 April, 2018

 Erik Otto   - 19 April - 19 May, 2018

 Kiley Ames  +  Martine Johanna - 24 May - 23 June, 2018


Javier Martin, Blindness Blue Soul, Paper collage, neon light, oil and acrylic on board, 120 × 100 × 10 cm. 2016

Javier Martin, Blindness Blue Soul, Paper collage, neon light, oil and acrylic on board, 120 × 100 × 10 cm. 2016


Erik Otto Mural at Workshop Cafe in San Francisco, CA, 2017

Erik Otto Mural at Workshop Cafe in San Francisco, CA, 2017


Silence Is Accurate offers arts consultancy specializing in site-specific installation, neon and contemporary art. 

An Art Consultant offers their clients an educated, independent, and unbiased, opinion of the artworks they are considering — for their home, business, or collection. Sometimes, it’s for decorative purposes. The consultant then acquires the works on behalf of their client and manages their installation. Consultants also commission individual works, murals and curate temporary exhibitions in commercial spaces.

SIA takes great pride in helping you discover fresh, unexpected art options by local and international emerging artists. 

We have a large roster of artists who work in a variety of mediums - photography, painting, digital print, etc, - and styles to suit every requirement.

SIA's exhibiting artists are also available for consultancy/commission work. Stop by the gallery to view their artworks. 

Exhibiting artists:  Kiley Ames  |  Jonathan Chapline |  Nicolas Holiber  | Martine Johanna | Ana Kuni | Javier Martin  |  Erik Otto  | Dan Sabau | Nik Shanlin  |  Lynnea Holland-Weiss  | Zio Ziegler

SIA offers a wide range of services and manages every step of getting the right artwork onto your walls. We have the capability to manage nearly any scale project from clients in various stages and industries.

Services include:
• Project planning
• Art Acquisition
• Art Handling
• Curatorial Services
• Site-specific Sculptures
• Interactive Installations
• Mural Design
• Commissioned Paintings
• Neon + Light Design
• Spatial Design

SIA partners with its artists to transform spaces into extraordinary whole bodily experiences. We collaborate closely with clients to create innovative private, corporate and startup company collections. Our work may be found in temporary/pop-up presentations in locations such as retail, restaurant, boutique hotels, music festivals and various events. 

After our Silent Board Session, a meeting where you talk and we listen, we execute your unique project from proposal to final installation. We’ll help you understand your taste, build a vision of your project/collection and curate artwork that reflects you or your company. 

  • Initial consultation to determine your requirements and budget
  • On-site or in-home walkthrough 
  • Art scope proposal - suggestions for new works, or updating existing works
  • Refine, or integrate new work into an existing collection
  • Frame and placement recommendations
  • Art fair & gallery visits, if required 
  • Oversee installation

We respect deadlines, do not exceed budgets and offer an enjoyable, transparent experience. 


Charles Wilkin Exhibition in Williamsburg, NY, 2017  

Charles Wilkin Exhibition in Williamsburg, NY, 2017



SIA’s NYC office in NoMad focuses on consultancy clients, as well as pop up art exhibitions across the city. SIA’s consultancy projects range from private residencies to startup company collections. 
Our pop up exhibitions may be found in unconventional spaces, and showcase emerging artists. Current exhibitions may be viewed HERE.


Creative Gong Meditation at SIA's Summer Sound Escape in Chelsea, NYC - July 2016

Creative Gong Meditation at SIA's Summer Sound Escape in Chelsea, NYC - July 2016



“Do whatever brings you to life, then. Follow your own fascinations, obsessions, and compulsions. Trust them. Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart.” 
Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

Silence Is Accurate (SIA) was founded as an online art platform. Its content consisted of  interviews with emerging artists, in their studios, about their creative process. SIA also established itself as the go-to guide for art gallery openings and ongoing exhibitions in NYC. In 2016, SIA expanded into an arts consultancy specializing in site-specific installation, neon and contemporary art. SIA’s art gallery in Woodstock, Cape Town opened its doors on 13 September, 2017. 

SIA’s birth is the result of a small curiosity seed. While gallery hopping, Portia became increasingly inquisitive about the environment the artworks on exhibition were created. What was the artist thinking throughout the process? What persuaded the artist to even start? Did their studio influence the direction of the pieces?
Armed with a list of questions, she started emailing artists based in NYC and SF to ask if they would be open to an artist interview in their creative environment. “The idea was to create an artist interview archive filled with some of our generation’s most inspiring visual artists. It led to many magical studios where I interviewed incredible creators and shared that on the platform.”
New seeds were later planted: curating, consulting, an art gallery, an ongoing adventure. 

SIA’s Big Magic Conversations bring together a community where we discover how various creatives started. What was their seed, how did the process unravel, ‘what causes a revolution in [their] heart’... what causes a revolution in YOURS?
Stop by for your midweek inspiration. 

Check out our events calendar to find out which Wednesday this month we will be hosting our Big Magic Conversations night. 


Wednesday, 20 September: TBD
Wednesday, 25 October: TBD
Wednesday, 29 November: TBD
Wednesday, 10 January: TBD
Wednesday, 7 February: TBD
Wednesday, 14 March: TBD


Sofar Sounds (an acronym for Songs from a Room) is a music events startup company, based in London, founded in 2009. The company calls itself a global community where guests and artists come together to experience music in an intimate and respectful setting at a secret concert.

Typically, three artists perform at each Sofar gig with no "opener" and no "headliner". Performers apply to be considered via a form on the website. Musicians of all genres as well as spoken word poets, comedians and even dancers are welcome to apply.
The line-up for a concert is not disclosed until the event starts; the location is announced 24 hours before the show. Guests arrive on time for the first act and are encouraged to stay for the entire show. Events are normally BYOB, and emphasis is placed on the crowd being respectful – switching off their phones and listening.

SIA is honored to host Sofar Sounds at the gallery.



Opening December 2017. More info to follow. 




Portia Makoma is an independent art curator and founder of Silence Is Accurate (SIA). She has worked alongside innovative organizations that nurture artists, such as chashama, and she continues to cultivate unconventional platforms for visual arts showcases.

She launched SIA’s art gallery as an extension of her focus on emerging artists. 
Consultancy projects allow Makoma to further explore and share her admiration for site-specific installation, neon and contemporary art.

Portia is currently interested in work that creates a dialogue about our generation’s identity, our environment, our questions and relationships. Collaborating with process-driven artists, she aims to inspire and continue dialogues that address the human condition across time and culture.

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Where does the name Silence Is Accurate originate from?
Near the end of his career, Mark Rothko abandoned all attempts at responding to those who inquired after the meaning and purpose behind his paintings. Finally responding that silence is 'so accurate'. 

“For Rothko, the paintings were objects that possessed their own form and potential, and therefore, must be encountered as such. Sensing the futility of words in describing this decidedly non-verbal aspect of his work, Rothko abandoned all attempts at responding to those who inquired after its meaning and purpose, stating finally that Silence Is ‘so Accurate.’” - Wiki

Mark Rothko, Black, Red and Black (1968)