The Heroine’s Journey of Lilivet (Lily) Peña Echemendía

What is the best thing that I love about my work? What I love the most about my work is the possibility of creating a parallel world, a unique and unrepeatable reality with my hands and imagination. It is wonderful to see the transformation of a completely blank support to a new universe, a new beginning, there lies the essence of creation. Each work is like a child, something very yours, in a certain way all human beings have that desire to perpetuate their existence in time.
What is my idea of perfect happiness? The idea of perfect happiness is a very subjective concept in my opinion, only in view of those who know how to “see” what is really necessary. My perfect happiness is based on daily life with my family, my husband, in that balanced dynamic, and to be able to do what I love the most, to paint, just to do it, without thinking about whether I sell or not. On the other hand I think that its essence lies in the word “possibility”, that opportunity to be or achieve what you have worked for or worked so hard for.
What is my greatest fear? My biggest fear is lost time, I like to think that my existence has not been in vain, considering that all human beings die, but few really live. It terrifies me that time that passes without having achieved something, however small or humble it may seem. Every day I need to learn something new, create or just help others, being productive is a blessing from God.
What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? What I most detest about me is that I have a critical eye that is too lacerating, I am a perfectionist, and I often demand a lot from me and I expect too much from others.
Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? In my profession, my admiration has all those who can create, with their different styles and shapes. If you ask me names, I deeply admire Artists like Pedro Pablo Oliva, Alejandrina Silvera Guerra, Carlos Guzmán, Abel Quintero Fuentes among others.
What is my greatest extravagance? My biggest extravagance is to be a Doctor of Profession, as well as an Artist, because although well-exercised Medicine is also an Art, there is nothing further away.
On what occasion would I lie? Lying is a circumstantial act for the human being, but I am Christian by conviction and I can not imagine a situation that could lead me to lie, my ethical and moral principles do not allow it.
What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? It disgusts me in extreme, to see the mercantilism that surrounds the Art in these times, in another time if an Artist had talent alone it was enough that the right people were interested in their work to be able to achieve success, in the times that are running if the media does not Artist’s money, this one does not exhibit, less triumphs. I dislike the approach of Contemporary Art, where only the discourse interests, compromising the virtuosity and visual quality of the Work, without a doubt a new tendency has emerged: the Facilism.
When and where was I the happiest, in my work? I have been the happiest person while I paint at home, during a day of great inspiration.
If I could, what would I change about myself?If I could, I would change that excess of childish ingenuity that still remains in me, it makes me have expectations of life and the behavior of others in disagreement with reality.
What is my greatest achievement in work? Being Cuban, I believe that the greatest achievement has been to be able to cross the limits of time and geographic fatalisms that surround me, to have so many followers of my work all over the world, which is the reflection of my thought. It is a pleasure and an honor for me, that other people enjoy my work.
Where would I most like to live? I would love to live in Paris, in a simple apartment, on the banks of the River Seine, with a terrace full of plants.
What is my most treasured possession? My most precious possession is to be alive and to have health.
What is my most marked characteristic? My most marked characteristic is the speed of spirit.
What is my most inspirational location, in my city? In my city there are many churches, they have an environment that inspires me, but there is one in particular that always provokes in me elevated feelings, it is called “Sacred Heart”.
What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? My favorite place to drink and share with my husband and friends is the Casablanca Bar, there you can enjoy an excellent service, good prepared drinks and musical shows in excellent atmosphere.
What books influenced my life and how? Particularly I am an avid reader, I have read many books in my life, I have to highlight “Le Petit Prince” by Antoine de Saint Exupéry and “Corazón” by Edmundo de Amicis. They are books that highlight the best of the human condition and teach us the value of small things.
Who are my favorite writers? My favorite writers are JR. Tolkien, JK. Rowling, Antoine de Saint Exupéry, Gabriel García Márquez.
You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? I would love to listen before leaving this world, “What a wonderful world” by Louis Armstrong.
Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? My hero in fiction is Harry Potter.
Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? My heroes in real life are all those people who every day stand up, despite the difficulties, to continue working for a better tomorrow with faith, hope and honesty.
Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime?I recommend to see once in a lifetime the movie “La Vita e Bella”.
What role plays art in my life and work? The art in my life is peace, my balance and happiness. Art is like the oxygen in my lungs, without it I could not exist, nothing would make sense.
Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? My husband is my greatest fan and partner in crime, however I am looking for sponsorship. Life in my country is different from the rest of the world, and without a sponsor everything is much more difficult than usual.
Whom would I like to work with in 2019? I would like to make an Exhibition with Rodrick Dixon Gently, he is a great Cuban Artist, we shared an Exhibition 10 years ago.
Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2019? I would like to know Art Collectors, Galleries, Museums, Marchants, interested in my work.
What project, in 2019, am I looking forward to work on? I was nominated for the Florence Biennale 2019, and I would like to have the opportunity to participate.
Where can you see me or my work in 2019? This 2019 you will be able to find my Work in the programmed exhibitions of MEGA Art Gallery, Rome, in Cuba and in my digital pages.
What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? Those words mean to me eternity, perseverance, optimism and desire to live.
Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story? Tetka Rhu, Ceci Pérez Martín, Sybile Bow.
How can you contact me? You can contact me through my profiles in Social Networks: LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram or my email address: These are my links:ña-echemendía-987818123

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