Olga de Amaral, ‘Tejido doble en blanco, negro y gramote’, 1965, Rago
Olga de Amaral, ‘Tejido doble en blanco, negro y gramote’, 1965, Rago

41" long, 20" wide

Signature: Signed

Retrospective 1965-1996, Angers, Musee Jean Lurcat, France, 1998

Craft Horizons, May/June 1967 (p. 30)
Olga de Amaral: Cuatro Tiempos, Mambo, Bogotá, Colombia 1993-1994 (p. 21, exhibition catalogue)
Retrospective 1965-1996, Angers, France, 1997 (p. 26, exhibition catalogue)

The artist
Private Collection

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