Cuban artist Lydia Rubio

Notes On My Work

My interest in the image and its representation originated early in my life. Literature and music have been ongoing influences. My work is an investigation about nature and its representation in painting: imagined or perceived, the abstract or the real simulated, the visible versus the invisible. I am a multidisciplinary artist and  the works range in scale from monumental metal sculptures in public art, commissions  to paintings, drawings and artist books.

The recent abstract work explores a pairing of opposites: geometric structures in contrast with gestural free forms, calligraphic over atmospheric spaces. The paintings suggest movements and patterns in nature: from the microscopic to the cosmic scale. The works represent my reaction against the extreme visual and verbal turbulence within today’s world: in them, I look for refuge, retreat into self, silence. My purpose is to heal not to shock. Like music, offer comfort and hope, as Yo-Yo Ma says.





Education : Bachelor Architecture University of Florida; M. Architecture Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Extensive travel and early training in painting and drawing.  Based in Hudson, NY.

Exhibitions: Her work has been exhibited in 27 solo and over 50 group shows in the USA and internationally including the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Museum of Latin American Art Long Beach, CA, Snite Museum of Art, IN, Baum Gallery of Fine Art, AK, Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, Lowe Museum of Art, Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, Bianca Lanza Gallery, Gutierrez Fine Art,  FL. AIR Gallery, Joyce Goldstein, Bridgewater Lustberg Gallery, NYC.

Collections:  She is represented in many national public collections, including Eskenazy Museum of Art, IN, Bryn Mawr College, PH, Stanford University, CA, UCSB Museum CA, University of Southern California, CA, Lowe Museum, Wolfsonian FIU, and private collections Diane and Robert Moss, Fracie B. Good David Horvitz, Rafael and Marijean Miyar and other international private collectors.

Awards and honors:  The Gate of Earth and Air two public art commissions for the RDUA Airport, NC. All Night Long for the Port of Miami and The Women’s Park Gates for Miami Dade Art in Public Places, a residence with the Women Studio Workshop, NY, and fellowships from The Ellies 2018, Pollock Krasner, State of Florida, The Cintas Foundation, The Graham Foundation.

Teaching experience:  Parsons School of Design, where she developed the Visual Thinking studio,  Harvard Graduate School of Design, New World School of the Arts and as full-time instructor at the University of Puerto Rico. Teaching interests include painting and drawing, space in art and design, public art, basic design for art and architecture.

Reviews: of her works have appeared in Art News, The Village Voice, The New York Times, The Miami Herald. A Cuban born American artist,  Lydia Rubio has traveled extensively and exhibited in multiple cities in the USA and overseas.