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Ileana Tolibia

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Untitled, 2011 #9, 2011 Acrylic, Ink and Sooting on Canvas 18" X 24" © tolibia 2011
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Untitled, 2011 #1, 2011 Mixed Media on Stonehenge Paper 50" X 62" © Courtesy of the artist and Edge Zones Art Center 2011
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Untitled, 2011 #2, 2011 18" X 24" Charcoal, Graphite and Sooting on Paper © Tolibia 2011
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Untitled, 2011 #3, 2011 Charcoal, Graphite and Sooting on Paper 18" X 24" © 2011
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Untitled, 2011 #4, 2011 Conté Crayons, Charcoal, Graphite and Sooting on Arches Paper 18" X 24" © Tolibia 2011
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Inguz, 2011 #5, 2011 Charcoal, Graphite and Sooting on Arches Paper 16" X 29" © Tolibia 2011
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Untitled, 2010 #1, 2010 Graphite on Paper 18" X 24" © Tolibia 2010
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Untitled, 2010 #2, 2010 Ink, Charcoal, Graphite and Acrylic Paint on Unprimed Canvas 16" X 64" © Tolibia 2010
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Detail_top. Untitled, 2010 #2, 2010 © Tolibia 2010
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Detail_bottom. Untitled, 2010 #2, 2010 © Tolibia 2010
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"Untitled" 2010 #3, 2010 Mixed Media on Paper 17"x 14" © 2010 Tolibia copyright
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Untitled, 2010 _glitch #2, 2010 Graphite on Vellum With Twigs and Wire 8 1/2" X 11" © Tolibia 2010
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Untitled, 2010 _glitch #1, 2010 Assemblage of Twigs and Wire 8' Off Floor © Tolibia 2010
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Detail.Untitled, 2010 _glitch #1, 2010 © Tolibia 2010
Analogous
"Analogous", 2007 Mixed Media on Drafting Film 81/2" X 11" © 2007 Tolibia copyright
Emancipation
"Emancipation" , 2006 Mixed Media on Drafting Film 30"x42" © 2006 Tolibia copyright
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"Unripe", 2006 Ink & Charcoal on Drafting Film 30"x42" © 2010 Tolibia copyright
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"Cognitive Map", 2007 Ink, Graphite and Prisma Colors on Drafting Film 30" X 48" © 2007 Tolibia copyright
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"Analogy", 2006 Mixed Media on Vellum 81/2" X 11" © 2006 Tolibia copyright
Path
"Path", 2007 Mixed Media on Drafting Film 60"x30" © 2007 Tolibia copyright
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"Path" (Detail), 2007 Mixed Media on Drafting Film 60"x30" © 2007
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Untitled , 2009 Ink, Charcoal and Pencil on Drafting Film 40"x 60" © 2010 Tolibia copyright
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"Music", 2007 Ink & Charcoal on Drafting Film 30"x60" © 2007 Tolibia copyright
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"Music" (Detail), 2007 Ink & Charcoal on Drafting Film 30"x60" © 2007 Tolibia copyright
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"Om", 2006 Ink & Charcoal on Vellum 11" X 8 1/2"
Microbalance
"Microbalance", 2006 Ink & Charcoal on Vellum 81/2" X 11" © 2006 Tolibia copyright
Alpha_decay
"Alpha", 2006 Ink & Charcoal on Vellum 81/2" X 11" © 2006 Tolibia copyright
Asimilacion
"Assimilation", 2006 Mixed Media on Vellum 81/2" X 11" © 2006 Tolibia copyright
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Psyche Sprouting Cycle #1, 2006 Ink, Coffee, and Pencil on Paper 10 1/2" X 13 1/2" © 2010 Tolibia copyright
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Psyche Sprouting Cycle #2, 2006 Ink, Coffee, and Pencil on Paper 10 1/2" X 13 1/2" © 2010 Tolibia copyright
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Psyche Sprouting Cycle #3, 2006 Ink, Coffee, and Pencil on Paper 10 1/2" X 13 1/2" © 2010 Tolibia copyright
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Havana, Cuba
Lives in
Miami, FL
Works in
Miami Beach, FL.
Schools
University of Florida/ New World School of the Arts, 2006, BFA. Painting
San Alejandro Academy of Fine Art. Habana. Cuba, 1995, Painting
Tags
installation, abstract, sculpture
Statement

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.