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Carmen Herrera Biography

Carmen Herrera is a Cuban-American abstract, minimalist visual artist and painter. She was born in Havana and has lived in New York City since the mid-1950s. Herrera’s abstract works have brought her international recognition late in life.

The key to understanding Carmen Herrera’s style is remembering that, before she left Cuba, she was trained as an architect. According to Herrera, her optical and minimalist approach to form illustrates her “quest … for the simplest of pictorial resolutions.”

Carmen Herrera was not broadly recognised or appreciated for decades, selling her first piece of artwork at 89 years old. Prior to her recent shows at the Lisson Gallery and Whitney Museum, she had only one major show in 1984 at the now defunct Alternative Museum in New York.

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