Fellow: Awarded 2021
Field of Study: Fine Arts
Competition: US & Canada
Lilian Garcia-Roig is a Cuban-born, Texas-raised hyphenate currently living and working in Tallahassee, Florida. Her most extensive bodies of works feature large-scale, on-site painting installations of dense landscapes across the US. Each work is created over the course of the entire day, capturing the ever-changing experience of being in a specific location over time. 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 personal level, they are about trying to negotiate the complex propositions of sense of place and belonging which so influence the construction of personal identity. Since working in Cuba in 2017, she has been searching for a pictorial reconciliation between her Cuban and American identities.
Her MFA is from the University of Pennsylvania and currently she is a professor at FSU. Major awards and residencies include a Joan Mitchell Foundation Award, a M-AAA/NEA Fellowship, State of Florida Individual Artist Fellowship, Kimbrough Award, Skowhegan, MacDowell Milton & Sally Avery Fellowship, Joan Mitchell Center A-I-R and being a visiting artist at the Ludwig Foundation in Havana. Find the By Studio News Site here.
Photo Credit: Claire Kercheval-Roig