Lía Bermúdez is one of the most outstanding Venezuelan artists of her generation. She was born in Caracas, in 1930. Her interest in art began while she was still very young. At age 14, she began studying at the Plastic Arts School of Caracas, under the guidance of Francisco Narváez and Ernest Maragall, among other important masters. In those days, it was not very common for such a young girl to be in close contact with adult artists, and even less so with live nude models.
Lía Bermúdez is among the Venezuelan artists who have the largest number of urban art works in the country. Her sculptures are displayed in landmark spaces such as the Supreme Court (Tribunal Supremo de Justicia), the Engineers' Association (Colegio de Ingenieros) Metro Station in Caracas, the doors of the Venezuelan Central Bank in Maracaibo, the stairway of the CorpBanca Tower in Caracas, the Sabana Grande Boulevard, the Plaza Baralt in Maracaibo, and many others. For Lía: “Art fulfills a social role. It´s not an end by itself but an instrument to humanize societies”.
Since 1957, her work has been showcased at a great number of exhibitions, both nationally and internationally. They are currently present in many private art collections around the world.
Her great passion and concern for cultural promotion and awareness have led her to assume a number of important posts in universities and institutions. When in 1993, the Centro de Arte de Maracaibo Lía Bermúdez opened its doors, it was the culmination of a 20-year-long dream for Lía. Centro de Arte de Maracaibo is a non-profit organization, located in the beautiful space of the city’s old marketplace.
Awarded the highest Venezuelan honor for the Arts, the "Premio Nacional de Artes Plásticas¨.
The Lía Bermúdez Foundation was created in 2010 to protect, transmit, and promote the artist's cultural legacy.