As an on-site painter, place is integral to both my subject and process, so when the COVID-19 crisis made traveling difficult, it became clear that I had to shift from working in the field to in the studio and virtual realms. This gave me the opportunity/excuse to fully focus on a research-based project first started during a 2017 working trip to Cuba. It centers on discovering links between my work as a painter and the scientific work of my great uncle, the renown Cuban botanist Juan Tomás Roig.
A deep dive into on-line herbarium archives resulted in finding an immense trove of botanical specimens that were named after Roig and/or collected by him. I found it curious that many of the endemic Cuban plants he collected had also migrated across the world; ultimately residing institutions such as the Smithsonian and Harvard.
These things – the closest I have to family heirlooms – are in museums I can only access digitally. As a Cuban born American citizen, I now find myself relating my own complex identity to these specimens. They illustrate the connections I have made to my environment, the history I lost when we fled Cuba, and the ever-shifting power dynamics that colonialism and migration create.
This work-in-progress “Recollecting Roig” series is a reclamation gesture made by a Cuban-born, American-raised landscape painter yearning to capture and connect to her truncated personal, cultural and artistic heritage. Tallahassee, FL, Summer 2020.
Sneak-peek at some of the new Hecho Con Cuba works made during my 2-week residency at VCCA- Interesting how when I was working at the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains I ended up making works about chasing the Caribbean picturesque in a post-utopian landscape by literally super-imposing the iconic Pinar del Rio Cuban landscape (with Cuban soil I turned into pigment from the Viñales Valley) onto the Modernist grid (which were based on the local house colors)-simultaneously embracing and rejecting “the grid”–
The brown color used to paint the images is actual dirt from the Viñales Valley of Cuba that I ground up and turned into pigment– 36″ x 36″
Honored to be one of the 5 Latinas featured in Tallahassee Woman Magazine’s Oct/Nov issue in their Hispanic Heritage Highlight section
What’s So Funny About the End of the World?
– an exhibition at Todd Art Gallery, MTSU, Murfreesboro, TN. Artists: Chalet Comellas, Patrick DeGuira, Craig Drennen, Lilian Garcia-Roig, Kristi Hargrove, Ron Lambert, Judith Rushin & Clint Sleeper.
State of Florida: UnControlled Burn (48″ x 72″ diptych), 2019
So pleased to be part of “Made in Texas”, an exhibition that is part of the “Latino Art Now” symposium and events in Houston. This show features Latinx women artists whose careers and production have been associated with Texas. All the works are drawn from The Gilberto and Dolores Cardenas Collection in Austin. Gilberto Cardenas, a professor of Mexican American & Latin American studies at both UT Austin & Notre Dame, has been a major figure in the exhibition, collection & promotion of Chicano & Latinx art for over 30 years. Artists in the show include: Connie Aristmendi, Ana Fuentes, Santa Barraza, Claudia Elisa Zapata, Candace M. Briceno, Suzy Gonzalez, Melanie Cervantes, Paloma Mayorga, Irene Perez & Me-
Below are two of the several works I exhibited at PARK AVE STUDIOS in Savanah as part of a pop-up show organized by Ms. Sharon Norwood. The exhibition’s theme was “Hyphenated-Nature” because I paired some of my on-site US made works with my “Hecho Con Cuba” series-.
Read more about that series on my website at:
Homage to Vinales #4, 16″ x 16, – hand-made pigments from Cuban soil, 2017
LADY PAINTERS!!…thinking about how grateful I am to be part of the amazing linage of artists that Joan Mitchell inspired and her foundation supported-
Views of the first ever “COMMA ROOM” that opened at the Haas Gallery of Art in Bloomsbury, PA and runs through Feb. 5. This is a collaborative piece that is headed and curated by Judy Rushin and Carolyn Henne. Other artists included in this show are Chalet Comellas, Kevin Curry, Anne Stagg and Carlos Kempff.
One of my works in the show is from the “Hecho Con Cuba” series titled “Blue Period: Homage to Ana” (48” x 36”)
Both of my works were made using the actual Cuban soil from the Viñales Valley that I ground up and turned into pigment- Below is a second work in the show titled “LG-Roig was Here (after Domingo Ramos)” (18” x 18”) and other installation views included the original COMMA BOX: VOL 1 (Ghost Objects) that I contributed a work titled “Genus Roigia” to.
So pleased to have been part of the early wave of female Texas artists that were invited to work at Flatbed Press in Austin. I used to do a lot of printmaking when I lived in Austin and Director Katherine Brimberry’s enthusiasm for all things printed was contagious-Hope to be able to work with her again. Robert Faires of the Austin Chronicle wrote a great article about the show “WOMEN OF FLATBED: A RETROSPECTIVE” which is currently on view at the Elisabet Ney Museum in Austin.
Image above is from the “RECONSTRUCTED SIGHTS” series made with actual Cuban soil from the Vinales Valley that I ground-up and turned into pigment. 48″ x 60″
Faculty show is up through January
“Valley of Earthly Delights (View of Vinales Valley from Los Jazmines Overlook)”, 36″x 48″ and is part of the “HECHO CON CUBA” series. -Handmade Vinales earth pigment (brown) and manufactured oil paint (green background color) on canvas. The title highlights the indulgent quality of many of the products grown in this fertile valley: tobacco, fruits, sugar & rum.
So pleased to be part of Frost Museum’s iteration of “Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago“. If you are in the Miami area, please join me for the opening reception on Saturday, October 13 from 4-7. Also, the show will be on view and there will be special programing events at the Frost during Art Basel Miami-
Detail of video still from “Black Bullets” by Jeannette Ehlers
Cernuda Arte will be featuring several of my new works from my “Hecho En Cuba” & “Reconstructed Sights” series at their booth in Expo Chicago. More work from this series will be exhibited in my upcoming solo show with them that opens Friday, November 2. They produced a catalog for that show that includes an essay by FIU art historian Carol Damian.
Looking forward to seeing some of my new RU artists friends in NYC! Scherezade Garcia and me in front of her impressive “My Floating World, Landscape of Paradise” from the series “Theories on Freedom”.
ALSO, I will be giving a gallery talk about my work in the the exhibition (“Fluid Perceptions: Banyan as Metaphor”) starting at 1pm on Saturday, June 2.
Other artists talking about their work that day are (from left to right) Lisa Soto, Anvil Gosine, Edgar Endress, & (not pictured) Carlos Martiel…also in picture below, curator Tatiana Flores and participating artist Nicole Awai.
After returning from working on-site in Cuba, I was an Artist-in-Residence at the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans. While there, I was able to develop off-site works that were considering more conceptual approaches to the Cuban landscape, color/ perception, and painting from both Western and Caribbean perspectives. The FSU Museum of Fine Arts is showcasing some of these works for the first time. The show will be up through February 5. To read more about these works, please go to the link below:
Cernuda Arte will be showing my new HECHO EN CUBA paintings this year. A solo show of these works will open May 4 but a sneak preview is up now. These paintings were made on-site in, in the iconic Pinar del Rio region of Cuba….I was trying to (as literally as possible) follow in the footsteps of the great Cuban landscape painters…while still trying to do my own Cuban-American thing.
RELATIONAL UNDERCURRENTS show extended through March 4.
with the Relational Undercurrents curator, Tatiana Flores
In a new review of Relational Undercurrents James Scarborough writes, “WHAT IF I JUST HAD 20 MINUTES? Once you understand how banyan trees grow from seeds that land on other trees and, over time, germinate and strangle their host, you’ll better appreciate the incisive commentary of Lilian Garcia-Roig’s Fluid Perceptions: Banyan as Metaphor, 2016.”- January 29, 2018
Great to see that my painting was the first work prioritized to see if you only had 20 minutes to view the show-read the full review at:
I am very pleased to announce my inclusion in and the release of Relational Undercurrents, a book published by Duke press that accompanies an exhibition curated by Tatiana Flores for the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, California, which forms part of the Getty Foundation’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA. This initiative examines the artistic legacy of Latin America and U.S. Latinos through a series of exhibitions and related programs. This exhibition catalog and volume edited by Flores and Michelle Ann Stephens calls attention to the artistic production of the Caribbean islands and their diasporas, challenging the conventional geographic and conceptual boundaries of Latin America.
This 352 page book includes 200 color plates and essays by the editors as well contributing essays by Rocio Aranda-Alvarado, Antonio Eligio Fernandez, Nicholas Laughlin, Nelson Maldonado-Torres, Jerry Philogene and Laura Roulet.
Comma, Vol. 1, No. 1. – GHOST OBJECTS [the box] – is a portable gallery showcasing a curated collection of small and atypical works by Carolyn Henne, Kevin Curry, and Lilian Garcia-Roig, housed in a hand-crafted box made from recycled plywood. The issue includes texts by Judy and Rob Rushin. -Edition of 15
Lilian Garcia-Roig’s Genus Roigia addresses the link between her work as a painter and the scientific research of her great-great uncle, the Cuban botanist, Juan Tomas Roig. Each piece is unique; made from one of Roig’s deconstructed paintings, her old paintbrushes, recycled leather shoes, and a polymer 3D print in a sterling silver bezel.
My contribution to COMMA: Genus Roigia, (sewn leather pouch with a small, cut-up section of one of my on-site paintings that holds a Double Roig medal [Juan Tomas Roig & Lilian Garcia-Roig] made of cast polymer attached with a sterling silver ring to the ferrule and bristles of one of my used brushes)
Comma is an annual, limited edition object collection, a curated collaboration of artists and thinkers from varied media, backgrounds, interests. For information on purchasing or participating in a Comma Project, please visit https://commabox.art
First edition release date February 2017.
Pop Autumn (48″ x 36″) -private collection Texas
APRIL 6-9 @ the Fashion Industry Gallery, 1807 Ross Avenue, Dallas, TX 75201
I have two paintings in the contemporary section of this show and was asked by the curator, Segundo Fernandez, to talk about my works during his curatorial talk on Wed, Feb. 8 at 7:30. Show runs through April 23. http://coralgablesmuseum.org
I am very pleased to have my painting Cumulative Nature: Native Oranges & Palms be mentioned and reproduced in an essay titled Contemporary Art of the Hispanophone Caribbean Islands in an Archipelagic Framework co-written by Tatiana Flores and Michelle Stephens. This essay was included in the The Idea of Hispanophone Caribbean Studies section, guest edited by Vanessa Perez-Rosario for the 51st issue of SMALL AXE, a Caribbean journal of criticism published three times a year by Duke University Press.
More information on the publication and on how to order it can be found at:
Washington Water Flows: Morning Mist, 14″ x 18″, watercolor & gouache on paper, 2013
On Friday, October 21, I presented a talk for the SECAC session:
View of CINTAS Exhibition with Garcia-Roig, Valdez & Acosta-Proenza
CINTAS Foundation announce this year’s finalists for the annual CINTAS Knight Foundation Fellowship Competition: Pavel Acosta-Proenza, Aurora de Armendi, Ivan Toth Depeña, Vanessa Diaz, Lilian Garcia-Roig, Diana Guerrero-Macia, Gabriel Martinez, Hugo Patao, Carlos Rigau, Norberto Rodriguez, Juana Valdes.
The MDC Museum of Art + Design at the Freedom Tower will be exhibiting the visual arts finalists’ work through December 30, 2016. The exhibition, which features works by each of the visual arts finalists, is free and open to the public.
CINTAS Fellowships acknowledge creative accomplishments and encourage excellence in architecture, literature, music composition and the visual arts. Eligibility is limited to artists of Cuban citizenship or direct descent (having a Cuban parent or grandparent).
The jury: Amada Cruz, Director, Phoenix Art Museum; Stephen Maine, The School of Visual Arts, New York; Dominic Molon, Curator, RISD Museum; Shannon Stratton, Chief Curator; Museum of Art and Design, New York; Helen Toomer, Director, Pulse Contemporary Art Fair
Flatbed Press at 25
By Mark Lesly Smith and Katherine Brimberry
-A visual feast for connoisseurs of contemporary printmaking, this lavishly produced volume presents a twenty-five-year retrospective of one of America’s premier artists’ printshops and the prominent and emerging artists who have worked there.
I am very honored to be a part of the long traditional of artists working at Flatbed Press in Austin, Texas and to be included in a book that chronicles the press’s 25 year history. This amazing small press invites artists from all over Texas to come to their studios to make new works and experiment with the printmaking medium.
Although I was already primarily painting on-site, I valued being invited to go into the various print shops in Austin for some intensive experimentation. Each shop had its own speciality and equipment-Flatbed was known for its huge, Texas-sized press that many of us called the “the landing strip”. I made a series of Mono-prints with Flatbed Press in the mid-1990’s.
In a printshop environment (indoors with no views of a landscape), I was essentially working in inverse: starting from seeing nothing to discovering how my process of arbitrary mark-making could lead me to discover an image emerging out of paint…one where the process and tools of the printmaking process were as evident as the illusionist image (of woods) created through the multiple press runs. ABOVE is an example of the work I did while there.
Clear Path (WA Diptych) 24″ x 36″
A new 10 month “pop-up” gallery in Palm Desert, California opens the end of August.
I will be in NYC May 3-7 and will be attending the VIP Opening on May 3, from 2-7. Please come by and see me if you are there!
“Stained Glass Woods” 48″ x 60″ (private collection, Miami)
I am very honored to have two of my on-site landscape paintings included in the “contemporary section” of this exhibition. One work dates back to the early 90’s when I spent a month working in the Taos Mesa in New Mexico. I was mostly helping my UT-Austin colleague hand-build an adobe house in the morning & painting in the afternoons (this was basically their back yard!) The other work is from my new home state of Florida and is a quintessential example of the dense, wild palms & vegetation found in the northern Florida wetlands. A 112 pg catalog was produced for the exhibition. Included are essays by the curator Segundo Fernandez and art historians Juan Martinez, and Paul Niell.
The Art Miami Pavilion is located in the Wynwood Arts district 3101 NE 1st Avenue, Miami, FL
Booth C-21, December 1-6.
Cernuda Arte will present Masterworks by Cuban Modern and Contemporary Artists: Wifredo Lam, Mario Carreño, Cundo Bermúdez, René Portocarrero, Mariano Rodríguez, Amelia Peláez, Víctor Manuel, Acosta León, Abela, Servando Cabrera Moreno, Agustín Cárdenas, Gina Pellón, Roberto Fabelo, Sosabravo, Flora Fong, Tomás Sánchez, Manuel Mendive, Pedro Pablo Oliva, Tania Bruguera, Lilian García-Roig, Miguel Florido, Dayron González, Joel Besmar, Irina Elén González, Giosvany Echevarría, and others.
Cernuda Arte will also be presenting and distributing their newly published annual publication, Important Cuban Artworks, Volume Thirteen. A 180 page full-color catalog featuring over 270 images of outstanding artworks.
Note that to view the pdf as a magazine format in ADOBE READER, you must go to your menu bar and select “VIEW”, scroll down to “PAGE DISPLAY”, then select “TWO-UP CONTINUOUS” & “SHOW COVER PAGE DURING TWO-UP”
Into the Wild is a painting exhibition exploring the theme of nature.
Curated by Carol Jazzar, it features contemporary South Florida artists Scott Armetta, Elizabeth Condon, John Defaro, Lilian Garcia-Roig, Ernesto Kunde, Magnus Sodamin, Donna Torres and Typoe. It also incorporates two masterworks by Augusto Chartrand Dubois and Miguel Arias.
Spanning more than a century, the featured subjects are depicted in both figurative and abstract styles.
All exhibitions are free and open to the public.
Martin and Pat Fine Center for the Arts
11011 S.W. 104th St.
Miami, FL 33176
Meet the curator and artists.
Saturday, October 3
For gallery hours, call 305-237-7700.
View of “Wall of Fall” in my Fisher Studio (each panel 30″ x 30″)
I was very fortunate to able to have a short residency at the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts in October during the peak fall season. While there I met numerous amazing creative folks-writers & poets as well as preforming & visual artists of all types-and was able to make a series of autumn based, small, on-site paintings…nature put on an amazing show to be inspired from for sure (as seen from the leaves that would drop on my porch (no filters!)
This is a gem of an artists residency nestled in 600 acres in the mountains of northeastern Georgia (complete with waterfall!). I highly recommend it-please check them out at
“Greens On Greens & Yellows” (WA) diptych 30″ x 48″
The Martin Museum of Art on the Baylor University Campus in Waco, Texas has recently acquired the painting “Greens On Greens & Yellows” (WA) diptych for their permanent collection! It will be on display June 2- July 17 in “Selections form the Permanent Collection” exhibition this summer.
VALLEY HOUSE GALLERY @ the DALLAS ART FAIR April 9-12, Booth A5
“Fleeting Fall” 48″ x 60″ Private Collection, Texas
“Hyperbolic Nature: Florida Vine Diptych” 60″ x 96″
COCA is kicking off this year with “30 for 30” fine arts exhibition at the City Hall Gallery. This show will celebrate thirty artists who demonstrate a record of success and accomplishments over the last thirty years while calling Tallahassee, Florida home. This reception is on, you guessed it, January 30th and I will have two large works in it.
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“Cumulative Nature: Tannic Waters” (FL) 30″ x 24″
THE ANNUAL ART FACULTY EXHIBITION This exhibition is a showcase for the faculty artists of the Department of Art in the College of Fine Arts at FSU…you never know what to expect but you can always expect a lot! I will have some of my “still wet” on-site Florida paintings in this show. The exhibition runs January 9th through February 1st.Public reception: Friday, January 9th 6:00 – 8:00 PM 530 W Call Street, 250 Fine Arts Building Museum of Fine Arts Museum Hours: M- F 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Sat & Sun 1:00 – 4:00 PM. Museum will be closed Monday, January 19th for MLK, Jr. Day. All museum exhibitions and events are FREE and open to the public! Visit the museum website for more information: http://mofa.fsu.edu/
I was honored to have several of my paintings included in this yearly catalog highlighting some of the works currently at Cernuda Arte in Coral Gables, FL. (pages 100 & 110)
“Maples & Vines Intertwines” 60″ x 48″, 2008 which is at Cernuda Arte
The MacDowell Colony just launched a new site that tracks what part of the country various MacDowell Fellows are exhibiting, performing or participating in other events that bare about their creative works. You can go directly to my page at the link below:
The Martin Museum of Art (on the campus of Baylor University) in Waco will be hosting two concurrent solo shows: James Surls and me! Surls will have his large sculptures and drawings in Gallery 1 and I will have many of my large, on-site multi-panel paintings (from FL, GA, WA & NH) in Gallery 2 in a show I titled TIME SENSITIVE.
Surls is a quintessential Texas artist who makes bold works and I am particularly excited about this show and the juxtaposition of our works because I have been a huge fan of both his monumental sculptures and drawings since I first saw them back when I was in high school. While our works are very different on the surface, I have always felt a strong connection to his work, his aesthetics, his process and the materiality of his pieces…I am a maximalist 2-D, colorful version of him, or something like that…I hope.
“Webbed Woods” (WA) 36″ x48″
Below are two small png (like pdf) links to download more information about the artists in the show:
There is a nice exhibition catalog with an essay by Roger Winter that was produced for the show A Transfer of Spirit at Kirk Hopper in Dallas . It is available for purchase through Kirk Hopper’s webpage http://www.kirkhopperfineart.com
“Palms” and Fronds” (FL) 60″ x 48″. This is the painting Roger selected to include in the exhibition & catalog. I also know it is a favorite of both John Alexander and Melissa Miller.
“Old Hemlock & Maple Mossy Arches” (WA) Diptych 48″ x 72″, 2012
A Way of Remembering March 4 – 29, 2014 Twelve female abstract painters whose art demonstrates a loose, active brush, curated by Elaine Taylor. ARTIST: Suzan Cook, Lilian Garcia-Roig, Cynthia Hammett, Mary Clay Hernandez, Julie Lazarus, Stephanie Brody-Lederman, Teri Muse, Harmony Padgett, Winter Rusiloski, Charlotte Seifert, Jennifer Stufflebeam and Mary Vernon.
“Cadmium Carnival” 30″ x 24″
“These paintings by twelve artists are loosely based on the landscape. The artists explore and explode the structure of land and architecture, the order of the universe, the poetry of place. They convey snippets of time and the intersections of life in their rawest forms of color, line and shape. Each artist works in an abstracted method of painting; taking the original source image and breaking it down into gestural brush strokes, broad swaths of color, drips, edges and lines. A new visual space is created in which the experience of the artist is recorded in energetic marks that speak of passion, and of the moment, frozen and then thawed. The resulting images both evoke the landscape and belie it, taking the viewer into an inner landscape of thought and memory.” –Elaine Taylor
“Trunk Pillar” (WA) 48″ x 30″
DETAIL of top middle right section of “Trunk Pillar” (WA)
VALLEY HOUSE GALLERY opened its 60th Anniversary exhibition on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 4. Congratulations to the Vogels on their amazing accomplishment. So proud that I have been showing with them since 1992! Below is an image of the work they included in their catalog for the show that can be ordered by contacting the gallery at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Palmetto Brush” (FL) 2009, 48″ x 36″ Private collection
I was excited about having one of my Florida on-site paintings being included (and sold) in the Phillips Auction House Gallery’s show Latin Americain NYC.
“Phillips is the destination for international collectors to buy and sell the world’s most important contemporary works of art. By focusing specifically on the defining aesthetic movements of the last century, we’ve set ourselves apart as the most dynamic and forward-thinking auction house”. It has the most active, contemporary focused Latin American Art Department of the auction houses so it is a great honor to have work included in this curated show and catalog since it is one of the most far reaching and respected of its kind and it contextualized my work with major international Latin American artists. Having my painting hung next to important Cuban artists such as Rene Francisco (middle), Kcho (far right-image below) and Carlos Garacioa (bottom photo, bottom right) and seeing how well it fit with their work –how at home it looked- made me realize that my Cuban identity, while rather assimilated into American culture, was intact & important and that my work does has a place within the continuum of Cuban Art.
Phillips produces large, beautiful full catalogs of all of the selected featured works in their various auction exhibitions and those catalogs are used by art collectors and curators as reference books on that show’s subject . You can purchase a catalog at: