Finding Fame as an Artist at 99 Years Old
I often dream of what it will be like to look back on my life in old age. How will my present shape my future? I love listening to stories from older generations about life, the human condition, and how they got through it. All of us experience so much in a single lifetime, and we crave ways to release it in our passions. An artist I greatly admire for her work and connection to nature is the Venezuelan born Luchita Hurtado. Luchita has spent her entire life as a working artist to now receive public acclaim at 99 years old.
Luchita was fascinated with creating art and her love of butterflies at a young age. She immigrated to the US from Venezuela at eight years old and began her studies in NYC. She became a working artist painting and illustrating for Conde Nast while doubling down by freelancing. Luchita has worked as an artist for 79 years, and she shows no signs of stopping. Her passion and steadfastness is something I deeply respect.
Revered by her peers, Luchita has made quite a name for herself within the industry, but it wasn’t until recently that she began publicly displaying her works again. In her most recent showings, Made In LA (2018) and I live I die I will be reborn (2019), Luchita displayed over one hundred of her paintings spanning the length of her life. In 2019, she was further recognized by being featured as one of Time’s 100.
I’m struck by Luchita’s connection to nature and the body when I watch her interviews. She speaks in such a profound way that only a life well lived could:
“The important things are not money. The important things are the animal part of us… I am who I am because I’m doing what I want to do, not what I’m told to do”
I carry her words with me and hope she inspires all of us toward our bright futures. Listen to her insight in the video below.