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.
SOLO EXHIBITIONS selected
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”.
Joyce Goldstein Gallery NY
Bronx Museum for the Arts NYC
GROUP EXHIBITIONS selected
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.
1995 State of Florida Artists Fellowship, Honorable Mention.
1994 Miami-Dade Community Foundation Grant.
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.
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
BOOKS AND CATALOGS selected
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.
“Literatura Abre Mundos”, Simon and Schuster.
1995 “Written on Water”, exhibition at: Gutierrez Fine Arts, Miami; B. Lanza, Miami; Joyce Goldstein, NYC.
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,