"I never in my life had any idea of money and I thought fame was a very vulgar thing. So I just worked and waited," she told The New York Times. "And at the end of my life, I'm getting a lot of recognition, to my amazement and my pleasure, actually."
Recently, she accepted an art foundation's lifetime achievement award from the director of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. Her good friend, fellow painter Tony Bechara, toasted her and said, "We have a saying in Puerto Rico. The bus — la guagua — always comes for those who wait."