My formal painting concerns have led me to use the conservative landscape as my subject and traditional plein-air painting as my process, in my attempts to reconcile the abstract nature of painting with its representational role. From a distance, I draw the viewer into what is first perceived as a dense but conventional space. Up close, however, the images break down; the lush, gestural paint marks, squeezed-out paint patches and areas of raw canvas help, instead, to reinforce the 2-D character of abstract painting as both an activity and an end-product.
By definition, plein-air painting means to work on-site, to experience nature first-hand. For me, this seemingly passé mode of painting is today injected with new relevance and urgency as it helps underscore how removed most of our own experiences and even images of nature have become. In my works, I want the viewer to discover how the landscape reveals itself in cumulative and unexpected ways. Ways that will hopefully create a desire to engage more fully, directly and positively in our own environment and to do so before it is too late.
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba, 1966. Citizenship: United States.
M.F.A., University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1990.
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine, 1990.
B.F.A., Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX, 1988.
SELECTED AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS
State of Florida Individual Artist Grant, 2008
MacDowell Colony Fellow, 2008
Joan Mitchell Foundation Award in Painting, 2006
MacDowell Colony Milton and Sally Avery Fellow, 2006
State of Florida Artists Enhancement Grant, 2006
Featured Artist for the State of Florida during National Hispanic Heritage Month, 2004
1999 Ludwig Foundation of Cuba, invited visiting artist, 1999
Lost Maples Ranch (TX) artistís residency fellowship, 1995
Mid-America Arts Alliance/NEA Fellowship Award in Painting, 1994
Vermont Studio Center, Artist in Residency Fellowship, 1994
Kimbrough Award, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX, 1992
Charles Addams Memorial Prize in Fine Art, University of Pennsylvania, 1990
Skowhegan Fellowship, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, 1990
Painting and Drawing Teaching Assistant Award, University of Georgia Studies Abroad, Cortona, Italy, 1989
Meadows Fine Arts Scholarship, Southern Methodist University, 1984-88
National Scholastic Art Scholarship, 1984
EXHIBITIONS — SOLO
Hyperbolic Nature, Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, FL
More Than a Brush With Nature, curated by Debra Murphy, UNF Gallery, Jacksonville, FL
Caught in the Act of Looking: Post-Modern Plein-Air, Broward College Gallery, Hollywood, FL
Nature of Being There, Bob Rauschenberg Gallery, Edison College, Ft. Meyers, FL
Autumn Spectacles, Valley House Gallery; Dallas, TX.
Nature of Being There, Bob Rauschenberg Gallery, Edison College, Ft. Myers, FL.
Encounters: Lilian Garcia-Roig, Hunstville Museum of Art, AL. [catalog]
Deep Into the Woods, Grace Museum of Art, Abilene, TX.
Michelson Museum of Art, Marshall, TX.
Cumulative Nature, Carol Jazzar Gallery, Miami FL
Painted Woods: Recent Paintings from Florida, Washington and New Hampshire, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, TX [catalog]
Lilian Garcia-Roig: Thick Brush Painting Installation, New Works Space at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary (MAC), Dallas, TX.
Lilian Garcia-Roig: A Visual Transculturation: Works Inspired by Returning to Cuba and by the American Landscape, International Center Gallery; Tallahassee, FL.
Sight on Site: New paintings by Lilian Garcia-Roig, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, TX.
Lilian Garcia-Roig, an Overview, Capital Rotunda Gallery, Tallahassee, FL.