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Carmen Herrera was born in Havana, Cuba in 1915. Herrera began her career in architecture, studying at the Universidad de La Habana, Havana, Cuba in the late 1930’s. In the early 1940’s, she moved to New York, where she then studied at the Art Students League in New York, before exhibiting five times at the Salon des Réalités Nouvelles, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France. Herrera moved between Havana, New York, and Paris during this time, and eventually settled in New York in 1954, where she continues to live and work today. Though she had been painting most of her life, Herrera’s work was largely unseen by the art world until much later in her career. Herrera’s work was the subject of a large-scale survey at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York in 2017, about which the New York Times described “At 101, the artist Carmen Herrera is finally getting the show the art world should have given her 40 or 50 years ago: a solo exhibition at a major museum in New York, where she has been living and working since 1954” (2016). Her paintings are studies of minimalism, and striking color. Her hard edge, geometric paintings are strikingly simple in composition, yet emanate infinite movement, tension, and depth. She describes her aim to reach “purification”, which which has become a “lifelong process of taking away what isn’t essential” (2005). A heavy influence of her studies in architecture are evident throughout the artist’s oeuvre. Herrera has been included in the group shows at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, USA (2017); The Underground Museum, Los Angeles, CA, USA (2017); Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany (2016); Phoenix Museum of Art, AZ, USA (2013); and Sheldon Museum of Art, NE, USA (2012), among others. In 2018, her work was featured in exhibitions ‘Géométries Sud, Du Mexique à la Terre de Feu’ at Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain in Paris, France and ‘Epic Abstraction: Pollock to Herrera’ at The Met Breuer in New York. The artist continues to live and work in New York City today.