Born in Havana, Cuba in 1966, she was raised and worked in Texas for 30 years but now lives and works in Tallahassee, Florida. Her most extensive body of works feature large-scale on-site painting installations of dense landscapes that overwhelm the viewer’s perceptual senses. Each individual painting is created over the course of the day in an intense wet-on-wet cumulative manner that underscores the complex nature of trying to capture first-hand the multidimensional and ever-changing experience of being in that specific location. Her works are as much about the materiality of the paint and the physicality of the painting process as they are about mixing and mashing the illusionist possibilities of painting with its true abstract nature. Her newest works, “Hecho En Cuba” (Made In Cuba) and “Hecho Con Cuba” (Made With Cuba) explore the idea of a hyphenated-nature and offer a more conceptual approach in reconciling her Cuban and American pictorial and personal identities.
She has shown Internationally and nationally at such places as the Chopo Museum in Mexico City, Byblos Gallery in Verona, Italy, the Americas Society Gallery in NYC, Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, the National Museum of Women in the Arts and the Art Museum of the Americas (both in Washington D.C) as well as extensively in many museums throughout the southeast, especially in Texas and Florida.
Her MFA is from the University of Pennsylvania (1990) and her BFA is from Southern Methodist University (1988). From 1991 to 2000 she was a tenured Associate Professor of Studio Art at the University of Texas at Austin and in 2001 was a Visiting Associate Professor at the University of California at Berkeley in the Department of Art Practice before deciding to move to Tallahassee where she became the Director of Graduate Studies in Studio Art from 2002-2008. Currently she is a professor at FSU where she serves as the Painting and Drawing Area Head and the Director of Art on Campus.
Major awards include a Joan Mitchell Foundation Award in Painting, a Mid-America Arts Alliance/NEA Fellowship Award in Painting, State of Florida Individual Artist Fellowship Award in painting & a Kimbrough Award from the Dallas Museum of Art. Residencies include a Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center Artist’s Fellowship, Hambidge Arts Center, MacDowell Colony Milton & Sally Avery Fellowship, Joan Mitchell Center A-I-R and as a visiting artist at the Ludwig Foundation in Havana, Cuba.
University of Pennsylvania