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Lydia Rubio: Prohibido in the Hudson Valley

“It is forbidden now to paint landscapes like this,” stated Cuban-American artist Lydia Rubio. She refers to landscapes such as those in her titular painting Prohibido. A cow is seen grazing peacefully on a pasture with her calf. It is a sight often unseen in our industrialized Western society. Agriculture has become a machine that has separated us from nature and even distorted it. Prohibido (Forbidden): Subversive Landscapes invites us to question our relationship to the natural world and glimpse into a simpler time.

The exhibition, which takes place at Elevated Matter in Hudson, NY, pieces together thirteen intricate oil paintings and an oversized travel journal, created from 1992 to 2014. In the journal titled Genius Loci, she quotes two other adventurous painters, Alexander von Humboldt and Frederic Church. The two men traveled to the Savannah of Bogota, Colombia in the 19th century and painted landscapes. Just like her, they were strangers in a foreign land.

The title of the show also alludes to her being a “time-traveler.” She was displaced from her origins in La Habana, Cuba to the Hudson River. Rubio depicts nature in a style similar to the Hudson River School, naturalistic and raw. For over four decades, the artist has perfected the traditional style of oil painting using the old masters’ approach.

In other pieces, such as MESA and El Dorado, she refers to the destruction of Mother Earth through mining practices and the displacement of native cultures. Throughout her work, Rubio draws attention to ecological issues such as climate change, a problem affecting the Hudson River Valley.

“My intention has been to create an awareness of the various perceptual, symbolic, and environmental conditions that affect our experience of nature today and its representation in painting. Nature connects us to higher levels of feelings that are of vital importance,” expressed Lydia Rubio.

The painter’s first solo exhibition, Prohibido, is on view until July 25, by appointment only.

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Lydia Rubio – Bogota

October 18- 21, 2012

Edificio CEPCAM
Carrera 6 #18
Usaquen, Bogota

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Lydia Rubio: Landscapes at arteaméricas

March 24 to March 28, 2011

Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach, FL


Cremata Gallery


Miami Beach Convention Center
1901 Convention Center Dr
Miami Beach, FL 33139

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“Women at the Edge of an Island”, at Aluna Art Foundation, Miami

June 26 – August 8, 2014

Opening reception: Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 5:00 pm.

Aluna Art Foundation
172 B West Flagler Street

Miami, Florida 33130

The Cuban Museum, Inc. and the Aluna Art Foundation are proud to announce the upcoming exhibition Women on the Edge of an Island / Mujeres al borde de una isla, a group show that includes 23 visual artists from the Cuban Diaspora who explore through art the complex realities of displacement, biculturalism, separation, national identity, and personal and family upheaval that results from the experience of migration and exile.

This program is part of the Cuban Museum’s Sweet Home Museo Cubano Series, made possible by an Arts Challenge Grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; the Miami Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, Board of County Commissioners of Miami-Dade; and additional support from Bank of America, Memorial Plan, ArtesMiami, and Friends of the Museum.

The show has been curated by Jesús Rosado and Ileana Fuentes and represents a collaborative effort with the Aluna Art Foundation. The exhibition opens on Thursday, June 26, 2014 with an opening reception at 5:00 pm.

Included in the exhibition are Miami-based artists María Brito; Margarita Cano; Consuelo Castañeda; Elizabeth Cerejido; Liliam Cuenca; Ana Albertina Delgado; Demi; Liliam Domínguez; Ivonne Ferrer; Nereida García-Ferraz; Laura Luna; María Martínez-Cañas and Angela Valella. They are joined by Spain-based Lien Carrazana; Ana Ferrer and Gladys Triana from New York; Rosa Irigoyen, from Puerto Rico; Elizabeth Mesa-Gaido, from Kentucky; María Lino and Silvia Lizama from Hollywood, Florida; Boca Ratón-based Juana Valdés; Clara Morera, from North Carolina; and Lydia Rubio, presently residing in Colombia.