Cuban-born painter celebrates 100th birthday

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

NEW YORK (AP) — Cuban-born artist Carmen Herrera says she's still bursting with ideas she wants to put on canvas, but the centenarian doesn't feel any urgency to hurry.

"I don't let anything push me," says Herrera, who turned 100 on Sunday.

She's been painting since the 1930s, but didn't sell her first work until 2004, when she was 89. After that, recognition came quickly. Today her works are in the permanent collections of major museums including the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Tate Modern in London.

A 1966 canvas of white dominated by an inverted green triangle is part of the inaugural exhibition at the new Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. The museum plans a solo show of her work in 2016.