Olga de Amaral, ‘Aqua 10’, 2012, Bellas Artes Gallery

About Olga de Amaral

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.

Colombian, b. 1932, Bogota, Colombia, based in Bogota, Colombia