Trained as an architect at the University of Florida and Harvard University, Rubio has been a professor and lecturer in design at the University of Puerto Rico, Harvard University, Parsons School of Design, Miami-Dade College and the New World School for the Arts in Miami. Rubio has frequent solo exhibitions in galleries throughout the United States and has participated in numerous group shows, including Latin American Artists of the Southeast Coastal Region, which traveled in Louisiana and Florida, CUBA-USA: The First Generation, which traveled throughout the United States, and Breaking Barriers: Selections from the Museum of Art’s Permanent Contemporary Cuban Collection at the Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale. She is the winner of a Graham Foundation Grant. (Cintas for art, 1981-82) and her work has been the subject of many critical essays. Lydia has recently completed two important art in public places commissions – one for the Women’s Park in Miami, Florida, and another for the International Airport, in Raleigh, North Carolina. She lives and works in Miami, Florida.