Silvia Lizama photographs her images in black-and-white film, prints them in the darkroom, and then meticulously hand paints them. Her images of I-95’s Palmetto Extension being built in the mid-1980s look uncannily like ruins of ancient cultures. Lizama reverses our expectations of modernization, comparing infrastructure development to toppled landmarks of a once-great past.
Lizama (b. Havana, Cuba) lives and works in Hollywood, FL. Lizama received a BFA from Barry University (Miami), where she is now chair of the Department of Fine Arts, and an MFA in photography from Rochester Institute of Technology (NY). Her awards include the Southern Arts Federation/NEA Regional Visual Arts Fellowship Grant and the South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship. Lizama's works are included in numerous public and private collections, including Lowe Art Museum (Miami), Samuel T. Harn Museum of Art (Gainesville, FL), Mosquera Collection (Miami), Norton Museum of Art (West Palm Beach), and others.