Carmela Kolman was a New York still life painter born with Marfan syndrome, a genetic connective tissue disorder that affects the eyes, the heart, and other parts of the body. After receiving a BFA degree from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from Yale University, she spent her career studying how light affected fruit, roses and other objects. 

Although she was born blind in one eye and had very poor vision in the other, her struggle against this handicap allowed her to create her art.  She died on March 20, 2018 at age 57, after complications that followed her fourth heart surgery.

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