"The drawings express a contrast between the free and the
controlled, the calligraphic and the geometric, like Yin and Yang,
the contrasts of life."
Constellation Series No 1
2016 Ink and graphite on cream color paper, 91 x 66 cm
Retail Price $ 2.950
"The drawings express a contrast between the free and the
controlled, the calligraphic and the geometric, like Yin and Yang the
contrasts in life, a narrative."
Construction Drawings, 2016 Triptych
Gouache, graphite, pastel and ink on cream color paper, Three pieces 66 x 137 cm
Retail Price $ 5.250
"In this work I wanted to express the color and movement of the
waters I saw in a trip to the Chilean Patagonia and Cape Horn. I
was surprised to find there the transparent turquoise color of the
waters of the Caribbean, of Cuba. Nature is full of coincidences."
Patagonia Series # 4, 2014
Natural pigments and resin on paper (artist made watercolor).
76 x 56 cm Hand made Indian paper, 100% cotton.
Retail Price $2.500
"Part of the Constellation Series. The painting combines calligraphic gestures
with strict geometry. The various installations challenge and make the
viewer (or owner) a participant of change in time and space. Pink
Machine is a painted game, a common feature of my work, a result
of my training as architect and seeing painting as a form of jazz."
PINK MACHINE oil on panel 2017 ( three images of three installations )
diptych 61 x 61 x 5 cm each painting
Retail price $ 6.000
You were born in Cuba and since have lived around the world including Florence, New York, Bogota and Puerto Rico. You are now settled in Miami. Has living in cities
around the world influenced your work? Is there one city where you felt most inspired and/or prolific?
Cuba was my home base, I was thirteen when my family left knowing there was no return. Being uprooted has its advantages. After that, I have always felt a need to
travel and experience other cultures, I am curious about life, being a voyager is also written on my astrological chart. My travel journals of drawings and texts, in watercolor and ink are intimate journals of moments and places, made at the speed of travel and have become an
intrinsic part of my work. Every city I have lived in has given me special gifts.
Why did you chose Miami as your home base for now?
My audience and market can grow in this city, in the nation and internationally. Even though I had wonderful experiences in Colombia with people, places and my own
artistic practice, my future professional development in Bogota would be more limited.
Several of your works include multiple pieces that can hung as the owner sees fit. Where did you get this idea?
In the sixties Umberto Eco published „Opera Aperta“ proposing that works of art should be presented to the viewer or reader as a sum of possibilities and interpretations and not as perfect and inalterable wholes. Latin American writers followed like Julio Cortazar with „Rayuela“. This participation in a process of changing an image opens a static media like painting into multiple readings in time, space and demolishes the distance between observer and doer. This action also conveys a feeling of separation, of fragmentation as well as
evolution an intrinsic mechanism found in natural phenomena, death and rebirth.
Your abstract paintings are so dynamic. How do you capture this movement and depth? What is unique to your practice?
I am looking to simplify, to get to the essential movement and form in space, developing what I call „an alphabet of gestures“. Like a Zen meditation on the one
stroke that requires mind and body coordination. I also look for equations between the macro and the micro, chaos
and cosmos. To guide the eye of the observer in readings of movement and space in painting is still to me a great
What drives you to continue to be an artist?
The thrill of what I might discover next, there is much to do in very little time. Acting is living, I have selected this way of action.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working as an artist?
I love to cook and read. Cooking is like painting, reading is the search.
What are your favorite places in Miami?
Topography and urban characteristics make the sky of Miami the larger portion of the view, in all seasons and times it is very beautiful, but many times in our daily
routine we don't look up. The beach at the Cape Florida State Park at the end of Key Biscayne I also love.
What projects are you currently working on?
Based on previous works like IMBORRABLE (inerasable; you can watch a video of participation in my web page under NEWS). I am developing an idea called „Tarnished Nature“ works commenting on the destruction of our environment, a
series of participatory works where the public is invited to erase a painting and redraw what they erased.
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Cuban born, American artist.
Lydia Rubio is a prolific artist whose practice for the past 35 years consists of painting, artist books and public art.
She received early training in painting and drawing in Havana, later graduating with a B Arch. from the University of Florida and a M. Arch. from Harvard Graduate School of Design, where she studied art and visual perception with Rudolf Arnheim. She lived in Florence Italy and studied with Leonardo Ricci.
In New York she actively participated in the arts with studios in Long Island City and Soho. Lydia continued programming and teaching at Parsons School of Design the Visual Thinking
Today based in Miami FL, she has held 26 individual and multiple groupexhibitions in national museums.
Rubio has completed large scale Public Art commissions for the Port of Miami and at the RDU Interna-tional Airport in Raleigh, North Carolina.
She has been awarded a Pollock Krasner Fellowship, a Cintas Foundation Fellowship, a State of Florida Artist fellowship and a Graham Foundation Fellowship.
Rubio’s works are in multiple private and public collections among others: the Lowe Art Museum University of Miami, Nova Southeastern University Museum, Fort Lauderdale, The Eskenazi Art Museum at Indiana University, The Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Her artist books are in the library collections of Stanford University, Bryn Mawr College, the University of Southern California, Dade County Public Libraries, Cuban Heritage Foundation at the University of Miami and the Wolfsonian FIU.
In 2018 Lydia has received an Ellies Award at the Art Center South Florida.