Lara Cantu-Hertzler


Contact Information

laracantuh@gmail.com

http://www.laracantuh.com

4732 Stenton Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19144

Artist's Biography

Lara Cantu-Hertzler is a Philadelphia painter who is inspired by architecture and the figure. She explores themes of urban decay and feminine identity. Lara’s influences include: classical art, dance, photography, abstract expressionism and impressionism. In 2008 Lara graduated from Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts graduating with a Certificate in painting. In 2014 Lara received a full fellowship to Vermont Studio Center. Lara’s had solo shows at: Allens Lane Art Center, Abington Art Center, and High Wire Gallery. She’s also exhibited her work at Rittenhouse Square, and Rosenfeild Gallery. Lara has won numerous awards from The Philadelphia Sketch club, and The Philadelphia National Arts Program.

Artist's Statement

My paintings have recently consisted of a figure that is imposed onto an abstracted architectural composition. Compositions are created by combining multiple perspectives and view points within a painting. There seems to be an emotional relationship between these spaces and the figure. The viewer may begin to fill in this open narrative of a figure in an architectural space.

Selected Exhibitions

Solo
2017
Allen’s Lane Art Center, Philadelphia, PA

2016
Abington Art Center, Abington, PA
2013
Highwire Gallery, Philadelphia PA

High Point Cafe, Philadelphia, PA

2012
The Cigar Factory, Philadelphia. PA

Group
2015
Germantown Artists, Imperfect Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2014
Small Works, Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2013
Small Works, Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Gallery at Memphis, Philadelphia, PA

2012
Annual Juried Exhibit, Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA
Curator: Alex Kanevsky

2010
Works on Paper, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA

2009
National Arts Program, Art in City Hall, Philadelphia, PA

Other
2017
Rittenhouse Square Fine Arts Festival, Philadelphia, PA

POST, Philadelphia PA

2011-2016
Chestnut Hill Fall for the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Screenings
2014
Artist Interview with John Thornton

Publications

2017
Featured artist, Chestnut Hill Local

2012
Featured Artist, Life on the Hill Magazine

2011
Artwork Featured, Roanoke Times

Commissions

2012
Weavers Way Co-op, Philadelphia, PA

Awards and Honors

2013
Fellowship award, Vermont Studio Center Artist Residency, Johnson, VT

2013
Best in Show Award, Annual Juried Exhibition, Highwire Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Best in show and First Place in Oil Painting, Fall for the Arts, Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, PA

2010
Best in Show, Works on Paper, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA

2009
First Place, National Arts Program, Art in City Hall, Philadelphia, PA

Lectures and Talks

2016
Abington Art Center, Abington, PA

Education

2008
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
BFA, Painting