is a Cuban-American abstract, minimalist painter. She began to paint at the age of 12. She moved to Paris after WWII to join other great painters … Pablo Picasso, Yves Klein, and more. She was very good, by almost anyone’s observation; she even had shows with other famous artists.
Unlike the other artists she was around, she was a woman and she was Cuban American. Unlike the other artists, she never sold a painting. She never sold at age 25, or age 30. She came home from Paris in the early 1950s, in her late 30s. And she again kept painting. But she never sold any paintings … not at age 40 or 50. In fact, she didn’t sell a single painting even at 60, 70, or 80 years old.
But she kept painting. And painting. And painting. Committed to her art. Committed to her style. She was frustrated tremendously but always believed her worked deserved more attention than it got. She did not alter her style but stuck with it.
She refused to quit. Her husband believed in her. And she believed in herself.
In 2004, at the age of 89, she was finally discovered. After almost nine decades she became the hottest ‘new’ artist in the world that year. Now, at the age of almost 103, her paintings have sold for over $1 million.
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