Joan Mitchell Center

Lilian Garcia-Roig

Lilian Garcia-Roig
Painter
Tallahassee, FL
May 1 - 26
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Born in Havana, Cuba in 1966, she was raised and worked in Texas for 30 years but now lives and works in Tallahassee, Florida.  For the past decade, her works have featured 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. 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. As a Cuban-born American, she realized that her on-site, nature-themed works have ultimately 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. The project she will be working on while in residency at the JMC will explore this more personal dimension of her work and will focus on developing the various “works-in-progress” she will have just made from a recent extend working trip to Cuba. While in Cuba, she plans to follow in the footsteps of the early landscape painters by working on-site in Pinar del Rio and Matanzas, locations where many of the iconic Cuban landscape paintings were created. Like her life, these works will be started in Cuba and finished in the US. Although not certain what the visual outcomes the new “Hyphenated Works” series will yield, she is certain they will create stronger connections to her Cuban roots, deepen her sense of identity and hopefully construct a distinct Cuban-American vision for her art and herself. Garcia-Roig has shown nationally at such places as 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 and extensively in the south, especially in Texas and Florida. Internationally, she has shown at the Chopo Museum in Mexico City and Byblos Art Gallery in Verona, Italy. 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 Art at UT Austin and in 2001 was a Visiting Associate Professor at UC Berkeley 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 the Painting and Drawing Area Head. 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 & Sculpture Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center Artists Fellowship, MacDowell Colony Milton & Sally Avery Fellowship, Hambidge Fellow and as a visiting artist at the Ludwig Foundation in Havana, Cuba.

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Hyperbolic Nature: La Florida

Hyperbolic Nature: La Florida

2013, oil on canvas, 12 x 13 feet, five 4 x 5 foot panels

Palmage

Palmage

2011, oil on canvas, 30 x 54 inch diptych (30 x 24 inch & 30 x 30 inch panels)

Tannic Waters

Tannic Waters

2014, oil on canvas, 30 x 24 inches

Cumulative Nature: Palms & Oaks Canopy

Cumulative Nature: Palms & Oaks Canopy

2013, oil on canvas, 48 x 36 inches

Detail of Cumulative Nature: Palms & Oaks Canopy

Detail of Cumulative Nature: Palms & Oaks Canopy

2013, oil on canvas, approx. 18 x 18 inches

Banyan as Metaphor

Banyan as Metaphor

2015, 15 “touching” oil on canvas plein-air painting

bottom right detail of Banyan as Metaphor

bottom right detail of Banyan as Metaphor

oil on canvas, (M2-Middle row, 2nd painting), 2015, 60 x 48 inches

Detail of middle section of Banyan as Metaphor

Detail of middle section of Banyan as Metaphor

2015, approx. 6 x 6 feet