Ruby Silvious is internationally recognized for her miniature paintings and collages on the used tea bag. On January 3, 2015, she started a project called 363 Days of Tea, a visual daily record of her impression of the moment, using the emptied-out tea bag as her canvas, and altering it to create a new work of art every day for 363 days. She draws, paints, prints and collages moody, evocative and sometimes whimsical art on used teabag paper. She is the author of 363 Days of Tea: A Visual Journal on Used Teabags (Mascot Books, 2016), and Reclaimed Canvas: Reimagining the Familiar (Mascot Books, 2019). In her second book, Ruby wants viewers to keep an open mind and think beyond the boundaries of what they may consider traditional art.

Her paintings on tea bags, some inspired by her travels around the world, have been featured in numerous publications including CNN Travel, The Guardian, Der Spiegel, North American Review, Good Morning America/ABC News, and the internationally syndicated Ripley’s Believe it or Not. Silvious was educated in the U.S. and Asia; she currently lives and works in New York’s Hudson Valley. Her art is exhibited internationally, and is featured in public and private collections.

Most recent international exhibitions
Silvious' most recent exhibition, The Art of Tea und Sonstiges at the Künstlerhaus Hooksiel in Wangerland, Germany ran from Jun-August, 2021. As the gallery's 2021 recipient of their annual scholarship grant, her work was featured in numerous publications in Northern Germany. In March 2019, Silvious' art was featured in a solo exhibit at Creative Space Hayashi in Chigasaki, Nakagawa Prefecture, Japan. Later that year, she attended and exhibited at Mudhouse Residency in Agios Ioannis, Greece, as a result of a culturally immersive art residency program. 

b. 1957 Tacloban City, Philippines


2021 The Art of Tea und Sonstiges

         Künstlerhaus Hooksiel, Wangerland Germany

         June 13-August 15, 2021

2020  Recycled and Refashioned: The Art of Ruby Silvious

          Albany Institute of History and Art, Albany NY

          January 25-August 30, 2020

2019  Reclaimed Canvas, Woodstock Art Exchange, Woodstock NY Oct-Dec 2019
          The Art of Tea, Creative Space Hayashi, Chigasaki Japan, March 2019

2018  Rocky Mountain Tea Festival, Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse, Boulder CO, July 2018

2017  Printemps en Provence, LM Studio, Hyères France - May 2017

2016  363 Days of Tea, Atlantic Gallery, New York, NY - Sept-Oct 2016
          Reinterpreting Tradition, Studio Kura Gallery, Fukuoka, Japan - June 2016
          Tea and Alchemy, Greene Arts, Catskill NY - Jan-March 2016

2014  Salvaged: Reimagining the Familiar, Atlantic Gallery, New York, NY - Nov 2014


2021  The Art of Seed, Walkill River School of Art

          Walkill, NY, January 8 - February 28, 2021

2020  Ruby Silvious | Nancy Yoshii, Suffolk County Community College, Feb-Mar 2020

          No Fabric, No Rules, Virginia Quilt Museum, Harrisonburg VA, Feb-July 2020

2019  Art Fair Asia Fukuoka 2019, Hotel Okura, Fukuoka Japan, Sept 6-9, 2019

          ARTermative, Pop Up Show, Albany NY, Apr 5 2019

2018  Imagined, Antler Gallery, Portland OR - Aug-Sept 2018
          Remembered, Paradigm Gallery+Studio, Philadelphia PA - Aug-Sept 2018
          Tea Connecting Cultures, Mary Daly Art Gallery, Madison CT - August-Oct 2018
          Le Bord, Red Truck Gallery, New Orleans, LA - May 2018
          Art on Paper 2018, Pier 36, New York, NY - March 2018
          DRAWING: Stretching the Line, The Art Gallery at North Hill, Needham MA - Jan-Feb 2018

 2017  Flourish, Jaggedart, London UK - June-July 2017
          The Conversation, New York NY - April 27-30 2017
          Layers, Levels, Lines, Woodstock Art Exchange, West Hurley NY - Dec 2016 -Jan 2017

2016  Heroic Battles and Love... Anyway, Pick Love!, Fulton Gallery, Troy NY - May 2016
          Dialogues, Atlantic Gallery, Chelsea NY - Jan 2016

2015  40 Years/40 Artists, Greene Arts, Catskill NY - Oct 2015
          IAM Pocketsized, Islip Museum of Art, Islip NY - June-Sept 2015
          Recycled Runway, Corning Museum of Glass, Corning NY - May 2015
          REcycle, Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, Brooklyn NY - May-June 2015
          A Celebration of Birds, MAC650 Gallery, Middletown, CT - May 2015
          Singular Impressions, The National Bottle Museum, Ballston Spa, NY - Feb - Apr 2015

2014  Over the Edge, Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, Brooklyn, NY - Oct 2014
          Re-made and Recycled, Washington Artworks, Rockville MD - Aug-Sept 2014
          Ronda Limpia (Recycled Exhibit), Palacio de Congresos, Malaga, Spain-May 2014

2013  Revealed: Masks & Totems, Phoenix Center of the Arts, Phoenix, AZ - December 2013
2012  Japanese Influence: Layer and Line, Albany Center Gallery, Albany NY - Sept 2012
          Fence Show: The Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy NY - June 2012
          Creative Sojourn in Italy: Il Bisonte per lo studio dell'arte grafika, Florence Italy - June 2012


North American Review, Summer 2021

KURIER Frezeit (Austria), May 2021

Cosmopolitan China, April 2021

The Little Davinci (Taiwan), April 2021

BLUE Issue 6 (Turkey), April 2021

Dein Spiegel, March 2021

Daphne's Diary (Netherlands), Issue No. 3


Times Union (Entertainment section), April 2020

Airbnb Magazine, March 2020



Chronogram, November 2019

Daphne's Diary, Sept-Dec 2019, pages 30-33

Vogue Italia, March 2019, Basta Un'Inezia, p. 168
TOPYS China, Jan 2019, Diary on a Tea Bag, pages 83-85

The Afterlife of Discarded Objects, Memory and Forgetting in a Culture of Waste, by Andrei Guruianu and Natalia Andrievskikh (Parlor Press), pgs 184-185

FLOW (Dutch quarterly crafts magazine): Tea Tales, Winter 2018
Opalus (Canadian Fashion & Fine Art Magazine), Oct 2018 (6-pg feature)
Reclaim Magazine (UK Interiors publication), Oct 2018 (7-page feature)
Das Magazin (German Art & Design Magazine), Apr-May 2018 (8-pg feature)
La Stampa (Italian newspaper), Jan 2018-front page, Culture Section
Vida Simples (Brazilian Art & Design Magazine): Doses de cha e arte, Ana Holanda, March 2018

Ada (Sri Lanka Magazine): Ruby Silvious adds a new meaning to the tea bag, Nov 2017    
Cloth Paper Scissors Magazine: Artist Profile, July-August 2017 
KoffieTcacao Magazine (Dutch): arTea, Summer 2017
Khaleej Times (Dubai, UAE): Why these Artists Don’t Toss Damp Teabags in the Trash, Apr 2017
The Daily Gazette: Artist Gives Recycling a New Meaning, Apr 2017
T Spain: The New York Times Style Magazine, Mar 2017
Emotion Magazine (Germany): Neue Kleider für alte Beutel, Feb 2017

Beyond Paper: The Art of a Tea Bag, Sept 2016    
Tea Journey Magazine: Teabags too Charming to Compost, Sept 2016
Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, June 8, 2016 
Organic Hudson Valley Magazine: Creating Art Out Using Repurposed Materials, May-June, 2016
Disney Malaysia: Lukisan Atas Uncang Teh, May 2016
Hudson Valley Almanac Weekly: The Art of Tea (cover story), Jan 2016
Arts Alive: Tea & Alchemy, Jan 2016
Chronogram, Jan 2016
Magazine S: (S. Korea) Upcycling for a Better World, Jan 2016

The Guardian UK: Storm in a Teabag, Nov 2015
Metro Holland: Deze kunst is helemaal my cup of tea, Nov 2015
Metro International Russia, Nov 2015
7Days (Dutch Newspaper): 363 dagen theezakjeskunst, Nov 2015
Recycleopedia: Artist uses Discarded Tea Bags and Egg Shells as Blank Canvasses, Feb 2015
Magazin für Restkultur: Kunst – mit ohne Müll, Jan 2015

Times Union: Sculpture in the Streets, May 2014

Times Union: Exhibit Showcases Japanese Influence on Three Capitol Region Artists, Sept 2012

Hudson Valley Magazine: Polly’s Picks, Feb 2011

2015 People's Choice Award, 40 Years /40 Artists, Greene County Council on the Arts
2015 Third Place: Tiger Lily, Art Exhibeo Magazine Summer Palette Art Competition 
2015 Director's Choice Award: Swirls, Athens Cultural Center, Athens, NY 
2011 First Place: Direct Mail Category, Society of Marketing Professional Services (SMPS), Chicago IL
2011 People's Choice: Direct Mail Category, Society of Marketing Professional Services (SMPS), Chicago IL                              
2009 People's Choice: Ruby's Shoes, Albany Center Gallery, Albany NY

Künstlerhaus Hooksiel, Wangerland, Germany 2021

Mudhouse Residency, Agios Ioannis, Greece 2019
Art Print Residence, Arenys de Munt, Spain 2018
LM Studio Artist in Residence, Hyères, France 2017
Studio Kura Artist in Residence, Fukuoka, Japan 2016
Palazzo Rinaldi Artist in Residence, Noepoli, Italy 2015
Gail Reike's Artist as a Traveler Workshop, Montmirail, France 2015
USA, Italy, Spain, Belgium, France, Germany, Australia, Japan, Philippines, Russia, UK
Il Bisonte International School of Graphic Arts, Florence, Italy 2012
Sage College, Albany NY, Graphic Design, 2006
Siena College, Loudonville NY, BS Marketing Management, 2001
CGCC, Hudson NY, AS Business Administration, 1997
Art Students League, New York City, 1981-83
New York School of Interior Design, New York City, 1981
University of Santo Tomas, Architecture & Fine Arts, Manila Philippines, 1973-1977