Iliana Emilia García was born and raised in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. She attributes her love of art to her civil engineer/bridge designer/reader dad, her pianist/thinker/free spirit/writer mom, and her artist sister Scherezade.
García describes herself as a child of the ’70s, and cites specific influences from iconic figures of the time— Charlie’s Angels/Love Boat/Gilligan’s Island/Roadrunner/Archie/Lulu/Mr. Magoo/Menudo/King Kong/Million Dollar Man (el hombre biónico)/Bionic Woman (la mujer biónica/Wonder Woman (la mujer maravilla) and others.
Her love of the arts blossomed at an early age in the Dominican Republic, under the tutelage of Nidia Sierra, a well-known Dominican artist. She found inspiration in weekly visits to the Museo de Arte Moderno and in her vast collection of posters, stamps, cans, books, wrappers, packages and anything else that she found visually interesting.
García’s formal schooling started at Altos de Chavón, an institution in the Dominican Republic affiliated with Parsons The New School of Design, where she studied graphic design. Awarded the Ruth Vanderpool Scholarship, she then moved to New York City to continue her studies at Parsons, The New School of Design and graduated in 1991 with a BFA in communication design.
Since then, she has been actively developing her art with mixed media, drawings, installations, video art, etc. and exhibiting around the world. Her work has been exhibited at the World Bank, Washington, DC; Exit Art, NY; El Museo del Barrio, NY; Aljira Center of Contemporary Art, Newark, NJ; Mary Anthony Gallery, Leonora Vega Gallery, Howard Scott Gallery, NY; Joan Guaita, Spain; Belgium and many other venues. Her work is part of El Museo del Barrio’s permanent collection. Currently she lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.