Lili Bernard is a Cuban-born, Los Angeles-based visual artist and actor. She has exhibited her artwork in numerous galleries and institutions. Her artwork explores her Afro-Indigenous Caribbean ancestry in a quest to examine issues of racism and feminism, past and present. As an actress and member of SAG/AFTRA, Lili has performed extensively in theatre and TV.
An independent curator and blogger for the Huffington Post, Lili is a longtime arts activist and community organizer. She first created and ran HABLA (Harvesting Asian, Black, Latino Artists) in order to provide platforms for underrepresented artists in Los Angeles’ cultural landscape. Realizing that Black artists were the most marginalized of the group, Lili then founded and currently organizes the movement BAILA (Black Artists in Los Angeles), aimed at building bridges of access for these artists into the mainstream art world.
Lili received her MFA from Otis College of Art and Design in 2014, under the tutelage of professors Suzanne Lacy, Andrea Bowers, Charles Gaines and Ulysses Jenkins. She is married to civil rights attorney, Franklin L. Ferguson, Jr., and gave birth to six children in a ten year span: Rafael, Isaiah, Elias, Uriel, Joshua and Zion.