Olga de Amaral

Olga de Amaral was born in Bogota, Colombia and studied textiles at the Cranbrook Academy of the Arts in Michigan. Amaral is an artist with an enormous career whose technique, which incorporates fiber, paint, plaster and precious metals, transforms the two-dimensional textile structure into a sculptural presence that perfectly combines art, craft and design. In her engagement with materials and processes, her works become essentially unclassifiable and genuinely self-reflective. Amaral is an important figure in the development of post-war Latin American abstraction. . Through a complex system based on a craft technique, she find answers to inner questions. As a result, Amaral's work is deeply driven by her exploration of Colombian culture and the threads of her own identity.

Throughout her career, Amaral has garnered countless accolades. In 1965, she established and directed the Department of Textiles at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogota. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1973, and in 2005 she was named a “Visionary Artist” by the Museum of Art and Design in New York. In 2008, she served as Honorary Co-Chair for the Multicultural Audience Development Initiative Benefit, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Galleries and institutions around the world have exhibited Amaral's work, the full range of which is represented in the collections of more than forty museums, including the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville in Paris, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan, the De Young Museum in San Francisco and the Bellerive Museum in Zurich. Amaral currently lives and works in Bogota, Colombia.