She was born in Santiago, Chile, daughter of Colonel Miguel Arrate Larraín and Delia Ramírez Molina, and granddaughter of Eleuterio Ramírez, a Pacific War hero (Tarapacá's campaign). Since her childhood, she had been interested in the arts, especially painting, being a disciple of Fernando Álvarez de Sotomayor and Pablo Burchard. In 1927, she traveled to Europe. She married Carlos Dávila Espinoza, a journalist, ambassador and President of Chile in 1932. She died in Santiago in 1941.
- Herminia Arrate's biography and painting at the Wayback Machine (archived October 27, 2009) (in Spanish)
- Herminia Arrate's biography (in Spanish)
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