Lily Castañer-Quintana

Art Teacher/Mentor

Lily Castañer-Quintana inspires curiosity, and guides art students to discover their own creativity and imagination in the art studio and around campus in her role as Fusion Art Teacher/Mentor.

Lily earned a bachelor’s degree in Art Studio & Architecture, from the University of Miami where she currently has several art, mosaic, murals, and glass lighting sculpture installations in public areas throughout the UM campus.

Lily mentored and guided many undergraduate and graduate intern students in design, art, interior design, architecture, and community building.  She also collaborated with architecture students on many design and master planning projects, to name a few collaborative design public projects: Coral Gables “charrettes” (intensive design master planning & visual arts), Town of Miami Lakes Charrette, Punta Gorda, Florida, Hurricane Recovery Charrette, and also collaborated with architecture students and professors in town planning in Guatemala and the Caribbean Islands.

Lily enjoys the seasons, salt life and mountains, loves reading books from antiquity, journaling doodling illustrations, and exploring everything, especially traveling and discovering different cultures, hiking in the north Georgia Mountains with her husband, kids and grandkids.  She also loves dancing flamenco, interior design, designing textile patterns, and collects all kinds of artsy “Rumi” renaissance unimaginable things.

In 1968 Lily was introduced to olive oil, as a child her family cooked everything in olive oil including American French Fries.  Lily’s friends at school would often tell her she smelled funny, this was one of her most embarrassing moments.  As a child, Lily’s grandmother would bathe her skin in olive oil, her grandmother believed olive oil cured all diseases in our bodies, repelled mosquitos, amazing oil for hair and skin, and that a daily tablespoon of olive oil was a natural healer for her mind and made her more joyful and creative.

Lily is mesmerized by the simplest things on earth, and to this day she treasures her green tin Spanish oil and hopes someday to integrate the green tin can in her art.