Lilian Garcia-Roig was born in Havana, Cuba in 1966, she was raised and worked in Texas for 30 years but now lives and works in Tallahassee, Florida. Her most extensive body of works feature large-scale, on-site painting installations of dense landscapes that overwhelm the viewer’s perceptual senses. Each individual painting is created over the course of the day in an intense wet-on-wet cumulative manner that underscores the complex nature of trying to capture first-hand the multidimensional and ever-changing experience of being in that specific location.
As an on-site painter, place is integral to both her subject and process. Formally her works are as much about the materiality of the paint and the physicality of the painting process as they are about mixing and mashing the illusionist possibilities of painting with its true abstract nature. On a more personal level, her on-site, nature-themed works ultimately have been about trying to negotiate the complex propositions of sense of place and belonging which so influence the construction of personal identity. It turns out her creative work, like
her life, has always been about reconciliation, improvisation and hybridization.
She has shown Internationally and nationally at such places as the Chopo Museum in Mexico City, Byblos Gallery in Verona, Italy, the Americas Society Gallery in NYC, the National Museum of Women in the Arts and the Art Museum of the Americas (both in Washington D.C) as well as extensively in many museums throughout the southeast, especially in Texas and Florida. She was 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 in Long Beach in 2017 and traveled to various museums including the Portland Museum of Art in Maine, The Frost Museum in Miami and the Wallach Gallery in NYC. Most recently she was in the 2019 Florida Prize in Contemporary Art Exhibition at the Orlando Museum of Art and in the Florida Contemporary at the Baker Museum in Naples, FL. Her MFA is from the University of Pennsylvania (1990) and her BFA is from Southern Methodist University (1988). From 1991 to 2000 she was a tenured Associate Professor of Studio Art at the University of Texas at Austin and in 2001 was a Visiting Associate Professor at the University of California at Berkeley in the Department of Art Practice before deciding to move to Tallahassee where she became the Director of Graduate Studies in Studio Art from 2002-2008. Currently she is a professor at FSU where she serves as Chair of the Department of Art. Major awards include a Joan Mitchell Foundation Award in Painting, a 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 Milton & Sally Avery Fellowship, Joan Mitchell Center A-I-R and as a visiting artist at the Ludwig Foundation in Havana, Cuba.