She was sent to boarding school in Switzerland and toured Italy with her grandmother, where she was exposed to some the greatest works of Renaissance art.
A visitor looks at Tamara de Lempicka's "Portrait de Majorie Ferry" at Sotheby's in NY on May 1, 2009. "Her father disappeared from Tamara's life when she was only a few years old and the circumstances of his leaving remained the artist's painful and deeply hidden secret". Along with other members of her family they escaped the revolution by fleeing to Paris.
She moved to St. Petersburg, Russia, when her parents divorced, and there she got married before moving to Paris amid the beginning of the Russian revolution.
Her big break came when her paintings were showed at the International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts.
Lempicka became a fixture of Paris' bohemian art scene.
Lempicka and her husband had a daughter named Kizette, her only child.
Many artists capture a decade and for Lempicka that decade was the 1920s, which was where she found her inspiration in art.
Along with her colorful depictions of the roaring twenties, Lempicka was a notorious socialite and later took to painting portraits of the wealthy elite in Paris and then America, where she settled with her second husband after escaping war in Europe. "Her fast paced, opulent lifestyle manifests itself perfectly into the stylized Art-Deco subjects she celebrated in her paintings", he said, according to Google.
She said of her style: 'I was the first woman to paint cleanly, and that was the basis of my success.
Here's what we know about the life of this bisexual hedonist, who used the money she made from painting to fund her wild lifestyle. "It's no easy feat to recreate any artist's work - but I hope to have done so here".
In 1928 she divorced her husband and became the mistress of Baron Raoul Kuffner. The Guardian described her personality as embodying a workaholic ethic, "permitting interruptions in her nine-hour painting sessions only for such necessities as champagne, a massage and a bath".
Additionally she had relationships with women and during the height of her success in the 1930s befriended prominent bisexual and lesbian artists Vita Sackville-West, Violet Trefusis and Colette.
"I have painted kings and prostitutes", she noted another time, "I don't paint people because they are famous". When she died in Mexico on March 18, 1980, as per her request, her ashes were scattered over a volcano. She also lived in Houston, Texas.