Lydia Rubio

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Self Portrait Oil On Panel 16 X 16 Inches © Lydia Rubio
Los Amantes , 2012 Oil On Panel 40cm X 120cm
Los Pintores, 2012 Oil On Wood Panel 40cm X 80cm
El Parque de la 79, 2012 Ink And Pastel On Amalfi Paper !4 Pieces Each 33cm X 30cm
Parenthesis, 2012 Ink And Pastel On Vellum 70cm X 210cm
El Domingo en el Parque, 2012 Pastel On Paper 114cm X 153cm
Una Manana en el Parque , 2012 Oil On Canvas 150cm X 240cm
Gates of air and earth (Raleigh Durham International Airport) © Lydia Rubio
Arcadia at 2PM, Exhibited : Identity Papers © Lydia Rubio
Warrior of Peace Aluminum Sculpture 56" L X 40" H X 22" W © Cremata Gallery
Birds of exile Watercolour On Paper © Lydia Rubio
Un trozo de tierra II (L'Étrangère series), 2009 Charcoal Drawing On Artisan Paper 76.2 X 55.9 Cm © Beaux arts des Ameriques
Passaporte, L'Étrangère series, 2009 Etching And Collage 52.7 X 15.24 Cm © Beaux arts des Ameriques
Quick Facts
Havana, Cuba
Lives in
Miami and Bogota
Cuban Art, figurative, sculpture


  Lydia Rubio’s multidisciplinary works are distinguished by the use of words and images in multi-paneled pieces and integrated installations. Her works suggest discontinuous narratives, riddles of paintings in sequences, accompanied by artist journals.

Ms. Rubio has completed important national and local large scale public art commissions: The Gates of Earth and Air, two monumental metal sculptures and terrazzo design for the Raleigh Durham Airport in North Carolina, in 2009 The Women’s Park Art Gates in Dade County, Flagler Street, and in 2001 “ All night long, we heard birds passing “ for Miami Dade County Art in Public Places.

 She is a recipient of two Creative Capital Professional Development Fellowship, Pollock Krasner Fellowship, the State of Florida Individual Artist Fellowship in Painting, the Cintas Fellowship and a Graham Foundation Award.

Ms. Rubio’s works are in the permanent collections of Museum of Fine Arts of Indiana University, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, University of Southern California in Los Angeles, Wolfsonian FIU, Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, Miami Dade Community College, Lowe Art Museum, Cuban Heritage Collection of the University of Miami, Frost Art Museum, Bryn Mawr College and Lehigh University Art Galleries, and important private collections in New York, Miami and Europe.

Lydia Rubio has exhibited with Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, Gloria Luria Gallery, The Americas Collection, Kunsthaus Miami, in South Florida, and Bridgewater Lustberg and  Joyce Goldstein Galleries in NYC. She has Masters in Architecture from Harvard University and a Bachelors degree in Architecture from the University of Florida, her ten year teaching experience includes Harvard University, Parsons School of Design and the University of Puerto Rico. She has traveled extensively and lived in Puerto Rico, Boston and New York. She is a Cuban born artist based in Bogota Colombia and Miami, Florida.


Bogota Colombia and Miami Florida                                                       

1974          Master in Architecture, Harvard University GSD. Cambridge Ma
1969           Bachelor in Architecture, University of Florida. Gainesville, FL
 1969          Urban Design Studies Universita Degli Studi, School of Architecture, Florence Italy.



2012          SINCRONIA " El Parque De la 79 " Bogota, Colombia 

2010         “Identity Papers “, Cremata Gallery, Miami Fl

2009          Beaux Arts des Ameriques, Montreal CA. October “ L Extrangere “

2008          Kunsthaus Miami, Wynwood, FL “ Disclosures”

2003             The Americas Collection, Coral Gables FL, “Arco Invisible”.

                Bass Museum of Art, Lydia Harrison Cafe, Miami Beach, FL.

2001          Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, Miami, FL, Project Room.

1998          Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art, FL “Fragments of the Sea”.
                Bridgewater Lustberg, New York, “Alphabet of Invisible Islands”.

                Joyce Goldstein Gallery NY

                Bronx Museum for the Arts NYC



2012          Al Corriente Arte , Bogota Colombia. 

2011          Old and New, Frost Art Museum, Florida International University, Miami Fl.

                  MIA Art Fair and Palm Beach Art Fair, Cremata Gallery, Miami FL

2010           Verge Art Fair, Artformz Alternative, Miami Fl.

                   “ From Old to New “ Frost Art Museum FIU, Miami Fl.

                  59th Regional Florida Artists Exhibition Boca Raton Museum of Art, Fl

2009          Zones Contemporary Fair, Art Basel Miami Dec.

                 Drawing Show, Edge Zones, Miami FL November

2008          Petites Choses, Beaux Arts Des Ameriques,  Montreal CA

                 A Rare Event, Art Auction Fairchild Tropical Gardens, Miami, Fl

2006          Unbroken Ties, Dialogues in Cuban Art, Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, CA

2002          University Gallery U of F Gainesville, FL. “Women at the Verge”

                 Miami Dade Main Library, Miami, FL. “Alphabet Show”

2001          Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, Naples Museum of Art, “Breaking Barriers”.

2000          Lehigh University Art Galleries, PA, “Hidden Images”, Works on Paper by Contemporary Cuban Artists Curated        by Ricardo Viera.


Fellowships and Awards



2011         Creative Capital Professional Development Seminar, Miami Dade

                  Awarded in 2010 and 2007

2006           Pollock Krasner Foundation Fellowship

1996          State of Florida Individual Artist Fellowship – Painting.
                 Artist Access Grant. Miami-Dade County Cultural Affairs.
                 Women’s Studio Workshop. Printmaking Residency Fellowship. Rosendale, NY.

1995          State of Florida Artists Fellowship, Honorable Mention.

1994          Miami-Dade Community Foundation Grant.
                Sarasota Art Association. Best of show, cash award.

1993          Ringling Museum. “Featuring Florida” Statewide juried exhibition. Best of Show.

1990          State of Florida Artists Fellowship, Honorable Mention.

1982          Oscar B. Cintas Foundation, Fellowship Painting.

1975          Graham Foundation, Research Grant,Research Scholar, Harvard University GSD.


 Permanent Collections


                  Bryn Mawr College Library, Bryn Mawr, PA.

                  Indiana University , Museum of Fine Arts, Bloomington, IN.

                  City of Orlando, FL

                  FIU Frost Museum of Art, Miami, FL

                  Miami-Dade County Art in Public Places, FL.

                  Miami-Dade Main Library, Miami FL

                  Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, FL.

                  Miami Dade Community College, FL

                  Mitchell  Wolfson , Miami  FL.

                  Museo Nacional del Grabado, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

                  Oscar B. Cintas Collection, Florida International University, FL.

                  Sackner Archive of Concrete Poetry, Miami, FL

                  Santa Barbara Museum of Art, CA.

                 University of Southern California, Doheny Library Collection, Iberian and Latin American Studies,

                  Los Angeles CA

                  University of Miami, Otto Ritchter Library, Coral Gables, FL

                  Wolfsonian-FIU Museum, Miami Beach, Fl.

                  Zollner Center, Lehigh University Art Galleries, Philadelphia, PA. 


Public Art Commissions

 2005-2010       Raleigh-Durham International Airport, North and South Passenger Terminal Lobbies. 

Large scale aluminum and stainless steel sculptures and interior and exterior floor design commissions.: Gate of Earth, North Terminal 2  Completed 2008 Dimensions 30 ft x 60 ft x 30 ft   Gate Of Air, South Terminal 2  Completed.2011 Dimensions 50ft x 60 ft x 30 ft


2009                The Women’s Park, Miami Fl

Miami Dade County Art in Public Places and Department of Parks and Recreation. Three exterior metal sculptural fences and gates, Dimensions 12 ft. x 40 ft. each, mosaic floor 175 sq. ft. and marble pavement 1800 sq.ft.


2001                All Night Long, We Heard Birds Passing. Commission Dade County Art in Public Places. Port Of Miami, Terminal #3 Lobby wall. A permanent multimedia installation of 9 sculptures, 6 paintings and text n aluminum letters. Dim: 10 ft x 220 ft x 6ft





2004          Dorothy Chaplik, “Defining Latin American Art”,

2001          “Memoria”, Cuban Art of the 20th Century

2000          “Florida Visual Art Fellowships”, 1998-1999, Florida Arts Council.

1999              Ana Roca, “Nuevos Mundos: Lectura, Cultura y Comunicacion”, John Wiley and Sons.

1998          Clearwater, Bonnie. “Defining the Nineties”, MOCA, North Miami.

1997          “Latin American Artists – Travel Exhibition”, Dept of Art, East Tennessee State University.
                 Damian, Carol. “Breaking Barriers”, Selection form the Permanent Collection of Cuban Art, Museum of Art,

                  Fort Lauderdale.

                 “Literatura Abre Mundos”, Simon and Schuster.

1995          “Written on Water”, exhibition at: Gutierrez Fine Arts, Miami; B. Lanza, Miami; Joyce Goldstein, NYC.
                 Dunlop, Beth. “Art + Architecture Miami”, North Miami Museum of Contemporary Art.



2010          Adriana Herrera,Review“Etrangere”at Beaux Arts Des Ameriques, Montreal. Arte Al Dia  June

2009          Kohen, Helen “  An Architect -Turned Artist  Sweeping Vision “ Home Miami Aug- Sept

2009          Adriana Herrera, “ Subversiones del los Generos y Lenguage Alternos “  El Nuevo Herald

                  Natural Groupings Show  Sivana Facchini Gallery, curated by E Parra May 7

2009          Martin, Lydia “Out of the Box in Art of Life”  The Miami Herald, May 9

2009          Morales, L. “West Flagler Women’s Park Gates Get Feminine Makeover” The Miami Herald, April  15

2009          Morales, L. “Art Panels to Celebrate Work of Miami-Dade Women” The Miami Herald Mar. 9

2008          Marti Maguire “ Visual Art Bloom , Downtown Clayton re–invents itself ” The News Observer.

2008          Craig  Jarvis “ art Takes Flight “ Raleigh News and Observer, 10.26.08

2008          Olga Connor, Lydia Rubio: Simbolos y Transformaciones, El Nuevo Herald, March,