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 the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts with a Certificate in Painting. She has had solo shows at Allens Lane Art Center, Abington Art Center, and High Wire Gallery, also exhibiting her work at Rittenhouse Square and Rosenfeld Gallery. In 2014, Lara received a full fellowship to Vermont Studio Center and has also received awards from The Philadelphia Sketch Club and The Philadelphia National Arts Program.