Artist bio 


Fátima Lai is an abstract contemporary artist living in Brownsville, Texas. She was born in New Waverly, Texas in 1983 and raised in Brownsville area close to her Grandmother, her Mother, and her older Sibling.  She completed her Bachelor of Art in Studio Art in 2007 from the University of Texas at Brownsville/Texas Southmost College. As a qualified visual arts instructor with a Texas art certificate, she enjoys her 11th year teaching at a local school located in Brownsville, Texas and is part of the Brownsville Independent School District and an active member of the Texas Art Education Association.

    She is an avid artist and promoter of the arts who has collaborated in judging, creating, and lead her students in numerous art competitions and events in the Brownsville community; like AMIGOS Artistas, Diego Rivera’s Mural Project in the Brownsville Museum of Fine Arts and The Belden Trail City Community Project. She is currently a student at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley; working on her Master of Fine Arts.

     Fátima Lai is a self-styled contemporary abstract painter. However, over the years she has been exploring with a series of periods: figurative, abstract and three-dimensional. Her work is often inspired by abstract expressionism period. Locally her work has been shown at Beyond Arts Gallery, “Era of Transformations,” the Brownsville Historical Museum, and The Brownsville Museum of Fine Arts. “Era of Transformations” was a collaborative exhibit that featured a group of Brownsville visual art educators. Her work has also been part of CAGO’s, Contemporary Art Gallery Online, and the Brownsville 45th International Art Show and her most recent exhibitions displayed in her local city’s downtown area her MFA Exhibit Katharsis. Part of her work has continued to be on display in the downtown area of Brownsville, Texas.

    Fatima has recently received a Master of Fine Arts in studio art, Certified in Latin American Art History, and Mexican American Studies from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. When she is not working in her classroom or studio, Fatima Lai, enjoys spending time with her loved ones as well as enjoying her alone time catching up on her favorite reads or simply brewing up her next creative projects. 




Consumed 2007

Painting Created after her late brother

Juan "Johnny" Lara.