Carmen Herrera


Carmen Herrera is a Cuban-American artist known for her bold and geometric abstract paintings. She was born in Havana, Cuba in 1915, and studied architecture at the Universidad de La Habana before moving to Paris in 1939 to pursue art. There, she studied at the Art Students League and the Paris Art School, and became part of the avant-garde art scene.


In 1954, Herrera moved to New York City and continued to refine her unique style of abstract art. Her paintings often feature simple geometric shapes and bold, contrasting colors. Despite her talent and dedication, Herrera struggled to gain recognition in the male-dominated art world of the time.


It wasn't until she was in her 80s that Herrera began to gain widespread recognition for her work. In 2004, her paintings were featured in a group show at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, and she had her first solo exhibition at a major museum in 2016, when she was 101 years old.


Today, Herrera is considered one of the most important Latin American artists of the 20th century. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world, and she continues to create new pieces from her studio in New York City. At 108 years old, she remains a testament to the power of persistence and dedication to one's art.


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