Cuban-born artist Lilian Garcia-Roig earned a B.F.A. at SMU Meadows in 1988 and an M.F.A. at the University of Pennsylvania. Although her work is rooted in historical convention, she transcends the typical definition of a landscape painter. Her large-scale, surface-leavened works pivot between the recognizable and the abstract. Her intent is to reconcile these two opposing styles by picking up where Vincent van Gogh left off: painting outdoors (or en plein air) with thick thrashes of paint to produce lavish landscapes. Yet, Garcia-Roig invents a tangent by allowing the landscape to dissolve into an arrangement of abstract forms; as one approaches her paintings, they begin to appear less like natural landscapes and more like arrangements of abstract forms. Her chosen painting style only contributes to this oscillation between realism and abstraction, combining brushwork with thick globs of color forced directly onto the canvas from the paint tubes.
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