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Olga de Amaral

Colombian, b. 1932

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Olga de Amaral

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Colombian, b. 1932

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Concerned primarily with color and structure, Olga de Amaral creates gold-leaf, textile-based works, which she thinks of as “golden surfaces of light.” Their sculptural presence reveals the artist’s background in architectural design, while their technical finesse has earned her great acclaim. With series titles such as “Pozos Azules” (Blue Wells) and “Soles Rojos” (Red Suns), the shimmering abstract works evoke the natural and vernacular landscapes of Colombia, the artist’s native country; they also recall pre-Columbian gold artifacts. From afar, the linen, cotton, or sometimes even horsehair-based pieces look more like glistening mosaics than tapestries. In reality, the tessera-like squares are nestled between strands of fibers hand-coated with gesso paint and gold-leaf. Despite the presence of geometric patterns, de Amaral says she is driven by emotion and doesn’t think much about patterns when picking up a pencil to make her initial sketches.

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Biography

Concerned primarily with color and structure, Olga de Amaral creates gold-leaf, textile-based works, which she thinks of as “golden surfaces of light.” Their sculptural presence reveals the artist’s background in architectural design, while their technical finesse has earned her great acclaim. With series titles such as “Pozos Azules” (Blue Wells) and “Soles Rojos” (Red Suns), the shimmering abstract works evoke the natural and vernacular landscapes of Colombia, the artist’s native country; they also recall pre-Columbian gold artifacts. From afar, the linen, cotton, or sometimes even horsehair-based pieces look more like glistening mosaics than tapestries. In reality, the tessera-like squares are nestled between strands of fibers hand-coated with gesso paint and gold-leaf. Despite the presence of geometric patterns, de Amaral says she is driven by emotion and doesn’t think much about patterns when picking up a pencil to make her initial sketches.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Bass Museum of Art
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Articles Featuring Olga de Amaral
Forty Years of Olga de Amaral’s Shimmering, Sculptural Textiles
Oct 23rd, 2015
Forty Years of Olga de Amaral’s Shimmering, Sculptural Textiles
All That Glitters: A Group Show Doused in Gold
Mar 27th, 2015
All That Glitters: A Group Show Doused in Gold
Gold Rush: Olga de Amaral’s Modern Artifacts Go On Display in Paris
Oct 26th, 2014
Gold Rush: Olga de Amaral’s Modern Artifacts Go On Display in Paris
Olga de Amaral and Four Emerging Artists Explore Art-Making as Self-Discovery
Oct 17th, 2014
Olga de Amaral and Four Emerging Artists Explore Art-Making as Self-Discovery
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