LUCHITA HURTADO: HERE I AM

USA (2019), 10 min.

Director Ian Forster

Finally receiving artworld recognition in her late 90s, artist Luchita Hurtado reflects on a nearly eight-decade-long career painting and her fascination with the relationship between the human body and the natural world, a central inspiration for her work. Born in Venezuela and now living in Santa Monica, Hurtado reminisces about her childhood growing up in New York City, her first art classes, and the challenges of starting a family while maintaining an artistic practice. “It takes a great deal of energy, having the life of a parent and having the life of an artist,” recounts Hurtado. “My real painting, I could do at night after everyone was asleep.”