Born in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Herman Cherry was a painter, muralist, teacher, and sculptor of mobiles and constructions. He began his career in Philadelphia, lived in California from 1924 to 1945, and Woodstock, New York from 1944 to 1950 with an interval in Paris. Then he returned to the New York area for the remainder of his life. In Los Angeles, he studied at the Otis Art Institute and under Stanton MacDonald-Wright, and Thomas Hart Benton at the Art Students League. His travels included Mexico, where he studied murals.