Originally from Puerto Rico, Fr. Silouan (Justiniano) obtained a BFA from the School of Visual Arts, NY, and later an MFA in painting from Hunter College. In 1997 he embraced Eastern Orthodoxy and was eventually tonsured a monk. In 2006 he was ordained to the holy priesthood.
In the monastery, through the guidance of his spiritual father, Fr. Silouan learned icon painting — in particular through the study of medieval egg tempera techniques. He is now a member of the Monastery of Saint Dionysios the Areopagite (ROCOR) on Long Island, where he dedicates most of his time to serving the daily cycle and painting icons. His articles have appeared in various publications in the U.S. and abroad. Fr. Silouan is also an editor and contributor to the Orthodox Arts Journal.
Before discovering icon painting, Fr. Silouan experimented with various styles of figuration and abstraction, searching for a visual language to communicate the Sacred in art. He grew disillusioned, however, with the art world’s fragmentary theories and the cult of novelty. His desire to visually manifest the transcendent through painting was ultimately fulfilled in his encounter with the traditional icon.