Cate23 x 16. Oil on primed board. Oh My. . . It’s Cate Blanchet!

Phillip Carrero.


Cate Blanchett was born on May 14, 1969 in Australia to an American father and an Australian mother. She has an older brother and an younger sister. When she was ten years old, her 40-year old father died of a sudden heart attack. Her mother never remarried, and her grandmother moved in to help her mother. Cate graduated from Australia’s National Institute of Dramatic Art in 1992 and, in a little over a year, had won both critical and popular acclaim.


Even a compact biography on Cate would take ten times longer than the above. In a few words though, I painted Cate because

  1. She is Australian,
  2. I admire her acting, personality and career
  3. I’ve seen most of her movies, at least the major ones
  4. The combination of blonde hair and the cadmium red leather coat is visually impressive.