Art Beat: Artist Actress Lili Bernard Episode 20

Host Kinte K. Fergerson
Guests: Lili Bernard
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Lili Bernard is Cuban-born. A Los Angeles-based, multimedia fine artist and actress, Lili’s artwork explores her Indigenous-Afro-Caribbean heritage. Having graduated high school from The American School in Japan, Lili studied fine arts and theatre at Cornell University and holds a B.A. in German from City University of New York. She also studied theatre in New York City under Sonia Moore and at Herbert Berghof Studio.

Lili has performed extensively in theatre, both in New York City and Los Angeles, including performances in Off-Broadway theatre houses such as Theatre for the New City, Puerto-Rican Traveling Theatre Company, Nat Horne Theatre, INTAR, American Renaissance Theatre, Henry Street Settlement, Pearl Theatre, Riant Theatre, Cooper Square Theatre, and Frank Silvera Writer’s Workshop, among others. Lili’s television credits include guest-starring on The Cosby Show, Seinfeld and Stephen King’s Golden Years. She played the female lead in the BBC film, Murder in Oakland, opposite Ving Rhames and Eriq La Salle.

As a multimedia fine artist, Lili’s work has been exhibited in art galleries and venues including Brown University, California Institute of the Arts, Beacon Arts Building, Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department William Grant Still Art Center, ArtShare LA, Avenue 50 Studio, Women’s City Club of Pasadena, Glendale Central Library, Pico House Gallery at El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, Hayworth Theatre, 2011 Reel Rasquache Art & Film Festival, Toyota National Headquarters, Gallery Western, 28 Miles East Gallery, 2011 Caribbean American Heritage Salute to Hollywood and the Arts (a solo exhibit) at the Hollywood Women’s Club and the 17th Annual Cuban Music Festival 2010 in Echo Park, Los Angeles, among others.

In her Chinatown Art District studio, Lili regularly hosts arts events and mentors local youth. She runs a youth-mentoring guest speakers program at the Visual and Performing Arts Central Los Angeles High School #9, and founded the City of Angels Little League in 2001. In 2009-2010, Lili hosted an experimental adult fine artist collaborative, called HABLA Underground, in her studio basement gallery, where she co-curated over seven art shows. Colonialism: The Collective Unconscious exhibit at the William Grant Still Arts Center, is the first time Lili is curating for the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department.

Lili’s current fine art focus includes an interdisciplinary art project called Ceiba de Cuba in which Lili incorporates her gifts in fine arts, filmmaking, acting and writing to tell the story of her Cuban ancestry. The work includes a new series of epic oil paintings in which Lili is taking classical European paintings which were made during the slave trade era and flipping them to create a visual archive on canvas of what was happening to the slaves during that time.

Through her marriage of sixteen years to Panamanian-African-American civil rights attorney, Franklin L. Ferguson, Jr., Lili has given birth to six children, ages three to fourteen.

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