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Ileana Tolibia

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Havana, Cuba

Lives in
Miami, FL

Works in
Miami Beach, FL.


University of Florida/ New World School of the Arts, 2006, BFA. Painting
San Alejandro Academy of Fine Art. Habana. Cuba, 1995, Painting

sculpture, abstract, installation


Artist Statement

Raised with spiritual values, I learned to never underestimate the unexpected visit of a butterfly at my front door. Learning about my connection with nature and finding myself through it eased the daily struggles and absurdities of growing up under Cuba's oppressive government. My artwork addresses the similarities between nature’s and our psyches’ transitional and metamorphic changes. 

The open-ended process of making art and the use of nature as a reference are essential to my work.  I allow the images, feelings and sensations of my subconscious to take over the paper or canvas, usually working on more than two pieces at a time. Through explorations with graphite, ink and/or paint I unintentionally record time, rhythmic echoes, consistent movements, and intertwined and mirror forms. I never know how a drawing will look like until it’s finished.

During the process of making art, I also build new forms using nature itself along with man-made materials or recycled objects. Through layering and the use of space, my imagery and forms evolve. They search for an intimate or distant relationship with their surroundings, pushing limits, striving for survival, adjusting, and ultimately blooming rather than fitting in within a structural frame.

My artworks parallel Ralph Waldo Emerson’s metaphor: “nature speaks to man,”  they bring back the revelations passed to William Blake in his poetry, the ‘free association’ inside the big black marks of Robert Motherwell, and look back on the forgotten Veristic Surrealists’ attempt to decipher the images of the subconscious as a way to understand the world.



Recent Exhibits

Ileana Tolibia participated in these exhibits:

Jul, 2011 Witness to Creativity II
Florida Museum for Women Artists, DeLand, FL
Apr, 2011 ABSTRACT
Edge Zones Art Center
Apr, 2011 Earth's Fertility
Edge Zones Art Center
Aug, 2010 _Glitch
CS Gallery
Eola Park, Downtown Orlando
Jan, 2009 "ENVISAGE"
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