Vancouver artist Lilian Broca received a BFA, (Concordia University, Montreal) and a MFA degree, (Pratt Institute, New York). In a career spanning over thirty years, including thirteen teaching painting and drawing at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, her work has been featured in more than sixty exhibitions in Canada, the United States, and Europe. Celebrated for her spirited exploration of contemporary societal issues in a variety of media, Broca draws on historical iconography, legends, and popular myths. A series of paintings and drawings on the theme of Lilith led to the book, The Song of Lilith, produced collaboratively with the acclaimed Canadian writer Joy Kogawa.
Among many distinctions, Broca was the subject of a retrospective exhibition at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle in 2001 and was invited to exhibit at the 2003 Florence Biennale International Exhibition, where her mosaics won the coveted Lorenzo il Magnifico Gold Medal in the mixed media category.
Broca’s mosaics also received First Prize in the two-dimensional category at the international juried exhibition at the Italian American Museum in San Francisco in 2004 and at the High Risk Gallery in Chicago in 2006.
Two art publications on contemporary mosaics in which Broca is featured were released in 2010: Tiffany Studios' Techniques Inspiration for Today's Artists - by Edith Crouch, (Schiffer Publishing, Atglen, PA, USA), and Mosaic Fine Art Portraits - by Irit Levy and Pam Givens, (Mosaic Fine Art Books, USA).
The book The Hidden and the Revealed: The Queen Esther Mosaics of Lilian Broca, (Gefen Publishing House, N.Y., Jerusalem), by Sheila Campbell, Yosef Wosk and Lilian Broca, was released in 2011.
Return to Byzantium: The Art and Life of Lilian Broca, a one hour made for TV documentary on Broca’s art and life aired on CBC TV across Canada in 2013 and 2014; selected in 5 international film festivals, it won Best Documentary Award in San Pedro International Film Festival, LA.