2014 Miami Art+Design, Galerie Agnès Monplaisir, Miami 2013 Selected Works, Louise Blouin Foundation, London, England 2012 “Olga de Amaral: Places,” Nohra Haime Gallery, New York Press Release “Boundaries,” Latin American Masters Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 2011 “VII Pueblos & VII Polícromos,” Bellas Artes Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
A renowned Colombian artist, Olga deAmaral’s works go beyond the fixed genres of artistic discipline. Using a base of intertwined linen fibers, she covers each piece with layers of gesso and various pigments, resembling surfaces of light.
Amaral pulls inspiration from Colombia’s artisanal culture and landscapes, pre-Colombian textiles, Indian basketry, gold artifacts, mathematics, and geometry. This inspiration is developed into her art using abstract compositions.
Gold is an essential material in Amaral’s work. Occasionally, she will incorporate other metallic elements, as well as pigments that interact with the gleam of these materials. She regularly includes unexpected materials, such as parchment, with which she elevates the universal and timeless value of her creations.
The shapes Amaral uses are not incidental; she often works with prefabricated strips that follow patterns when intersecting, or simple cords tied in one end that fall and rest on the floor. Her panels hang separated from the wall, emphasizing the movement and the impact of light, with an otherworldly appearance. Following the harmony of these structures, the material creates waves that flow through them as those of a river or a tree branch.
The universality and timelessness of Amaral’s work has supported its appreciation and encouraged exhibitions throughout the world. She is represented in the most important international public and private collections. Born in Bogotá, Colombia, Olga de Amaral studied fabric design at the prestigious Cranbrook Academy in Michigan. During the 1960s, Amaral played an important role in transforming traditional two-dimensional textiles into sculptural works of art. She later became the director of the textiles department at the Universidad de los Andes (University of the Andes) in Bogotá. She was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship (1973), selected as an Artist Visionary by the Museum of Art and Design, New York (2005), named a Member of the Academia Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2010), and an Honoree of the Multicultural Benefit Gala, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2011), among many other recognitions.