Photo credit: Alec Kercheval

Ep.83 features Lilian Garcia-Roig, a Cuba born, Texas raised artist living in Tallahassee, Florida whose works landscape-themed works have always explored the complex propositions of sense of place and belonging which so influence the construction of personal identity While she is most known for her perceptually-based, large-scale, “all-day” cumulative paintings that underscores the complex nature of trying to capture first-hand the multidimensional and ever-changing experience of being in that specific location. Recently she has embarked on a conceptual investigation of the idea of the Cuban landscape and how her American Bauhausian education has colored her relationship to place and space. These new works are part of the Hecho con Cuba and Hyphenated[1]Nature Series. She has shown at such places as the Chopo Museum in Mexico City, Americas Society Gallery in NYC, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Art Museum of the Americas and extensively in many museums throughout the southeast. In 2017 she had a large work included in “Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago” one of the Getty funded Pacific Standard Time LA/LA Initiative shows that opened at the Museum of Latin American Art and traveled to various museums across the US. In 2019 she was in the Florida Prize Exhibition at the Orlando Museum, the Florida Contemporary at the Baker Museum in Naples, FL and the 2020 Florida Biennial at the Hollywood Art Center in Miami. Most recently she had a large work acquired by Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM.) Her MFA is from the University of Pennsylvania (1990) and her BFA is from Southern Methodist University (1988). Major awards include a 2021 Guggenheim Fellowship, Joan Mitchell Foundation Award in Painting, Mid-America Arts Alliance/NEA Fellowship Award in Painting, State of Florida Individual Artist Fellowship Award in painting & a Kimbrough Award from the Dallas Museum of Art. Residencies include a Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center Artist’s Fellowship, Hambidge Arts Center, MacDowell Colony Milton & Sally Avery Fellowship, Joan Mitchell Center A-I-R and as a visiting artist at the Ludwig Foundation in Havana, Cuba.

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Florida Contemporary

“Hyperbolic Nature: La Florida”
12′ H x 13’ W (2021-13)
5 panels, painted on site at the Nature Conservancy’s Disney Wilderness Preserve in Kissimmee, FL, 2012.
Permanent collection Perez Art Museum Museum

“Cumulative Nature: Northern Florida Palm Brush”
Oil on canvas, 2019
4’ H x 6’ W (diptych)

“Hecho con Cuba: Homage to Vinales #9”, 30” x 30”,
hand made Cuban Soil pigment and oil on canvas, 2017

“Fluid Perceptions: banyan as Metaphor”
14’ H x 20’ W
(15 panels, all oil on canvas, painted on-site in Sarasta, FL), 2017