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“Carmen Herrera is very possibly the oldest contemporary artist working today. What is extraordinary about Herrera is that ‘commercial success’ did not come until the early 2000s — after seven decades as an artist…” — Christie’s, 2014 Carmen Herrera | Artist
Born May 31, 1915, Carmen Herrera says she received an “old-fashioned” artist’s training in her youth in Cuba. She studied architecture in university in Havana, but realized that dealing with clients would never be not for her (plus revolutionary striking constantly shut down classes). She met her husband, Jesse Lowenthal, when he visited Cuba from his home in New York. They married, and after World War II, Carmen went to Paris with him for five years. There she exhibited with the Salon des Réalités Nouvelles, and began moving into the style of painting she is now famous for today. In 1954, she moved back to New York City where she has lived ever since. She still sketches and paints every morning.