OLGA DE AMARAL
(Colombia, b.1932)

Amaral is a renowned textile artist whose evolving technique, incorporating fiber, paint, gesso and precious metals transforms twodimensional textiles into three-dimensional objects, and in so doing creates works that are essentially unclassifiable. Olga de Amaral’s use of gold, inspired by the intertwined histories of pre-Hispanic and Colonial art, gives her work a presence, at once sensual and otherworldly. An important figure in the development of post-war Latin American abstraction, de Amaral’s creation of “off stretcher” works, using nontraditional materials, acquires greater historical resonance with each passing year.

Amaral has exhibited in many important museums, including: Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France and the Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan.

Her work is included in the permanent collection of major institutions, including: The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York and The Renwick Gallery of the National Gallery, Washington, D.C.

Amaral is a graduate from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Michigan. She currently lives and works in Bogotá, Colombia.


Montaña 39, 2015
Linen, gesso, acrylic, parchment paper and gold leaf
59 x 51 inches