Lydia Rubio ~ Florida

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Lydia Rubio: "My work is an on going investigation about the nature of representation of objects in art: imagined or perceived, the abstract or the real simulated. The scale of my work ranges from monumental metal sculptures, commissioned public art, to paintings, drawings and artist books."

By Lydia Rubio
poem by Marjorie Agosin
Montreal, Quebec / Miami: LR Studio Inc, 2009. One-of-a-Kind.

11.75 x 10"; 22 pages. Watercolor and ink on St Armand light blue, white, and gray handmade paper. Handwritten text, the poem in its original Spanish. Bound in gray wraps with title stenciled on front cover. Paper boat tipped on front cover. Signed and dated by the artist.

Extranjera resulted from Rubio's exhibition in the fall of 2009 at Montreal's Beaux Arts des Ameriques gallery. It is based on a poem La Extranjera by Marjorie Agosin, a poet from Chile and professor at Wellesley College.

"Outside the Box, in Art and Life" by Lydia Martin, Miami Herald, May 2009: "… As always, Rubio, a voracious lover of literature, especially poetry, has found her inspiration in words:

The foreigner asks for a drink
A bit of earth
Floating in the stormy wind
Of her exile
She drifts
Toward the life
Of her invented world
Conjuring a tiny island
She makes a map,
Of her pain.

'''It's by a Chilean poet, Marjorie Agosin, a friend and a professor of Spanish at Wellesley,' Rubio says. 'I feel like a foreigner, or an extranjera even, because I'm gay. Even in Miami I feel like a foreigner because I was born in Cuba and lived in Puerto Rico, Italy, Boston, New York. When I came to Miami 20 years ago, I found people who had never lived anywhere else but here. Their only point of reference was Miami. Miami has never been my point of reference. And I'm a Cuban artist, but I'm not in a lot of Cuban collections. Hispanic collectors don't really know my work because I went to the side of American galleries. And because I reject some of the tendencies of contemporary art, that makes me a sort of outcast in the mainstream art world, too.'"
$ 3,500

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By Lydia Rubio
Bogota, Columbia: Lydia Rubio, 2014. One-of-a-Kind.

9 x 12"; 40 pages. Watercolor. Pen and ink. Collage. Pochoir. Fabriano Artistico paper. Handwritten entries by the artist. English text interspersed with Spanish entries. Handbound into paper covered boards with black leather tie closure. Signed by the artist.

In August of 2005 Rubio spent time in the San Juan Islands in northwest Washington. Watercolor paintings of sights around the islands include Egg Lake, Friday Harbor, flora, and fauna. Along with the images are diaristic narrative texts by the artist and two other traveling companions - Jean Heuving, a poet on the faculty of the University of Washington, and Suzanne Jill Levine, a translator of Latin American literature and professor at the University of California at Santa Barbara.

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By Lydia Rubio
Miami, Florida: LR Studio Inc, 2009. Edition of 10.

4.5 x 6.5"; 10 pages. Double-sided accordion structure of 5 panels. Etching and digital prints. Text handwritten. Heavy paper wraps with red ribbon tie closure. Signed and dated by the artist.

Created for an exhibition in the fall of 2009 at Montreal's Beaux Arts des Ameriques gallery. It is based on a poem La Extranjera by Marjorie Agosin, a Chilean poet who teaches at Wellesley College.

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Viaje Al Peru
By Lydia Rubio
Columbia: Lydia Rubio, 2012. One-of-a-kind.

13.5 x 9"; 44 pages. Drawings and notes on handmade Amalfi and vellum papers. Drawings and text in watercolor and ink. Artist's handwritten notes in Spanish. Handbound by the artist in red Japanese paper with Peruvian ribbon closure.

Lydia Rubio was born in Havana, Cuba. She has traveled extensively in Europe and Mexico and has lived in Puerto Rico, Italy, Boston, and New York. Since 1987 she has maintained a home in Miami, Florida, but for the last two years has been living in Bogota, Colombia.

This book is the first in a planned series of travel journals to document her travels in South America.


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