Escrito 17, 2016
linen, gesso, acrylic and gold leaf
78 3/4 x 51 inches
Montaña 29, 2011
fiber, acrylic and parchment
43 1/2 x 72 inches
linen, gesso, acrylic, gold leaf and pigment
39 1/2 x 67 inches
Olga de Amaral’s artwork incorporates fiber, paint, gesso, and precious metals. The resulting works feel at once ancient, modern, and essentially unclassifiable. Modern artists, from Yves Klein to Lucio Fontana, have incorporated gold into their art, yet few artists have created works with Amaral’s range of textures and light. Many works have a surprising interactivity, changing color and luminosity according to the viewer’s vantage point. Olga de Amaral’s unique aesthetic, combining diverse materials and art practices, acquires greater historical resonance with each passing year.
Amaral is a graduate from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Michigan. She currently lives and works in Bogotá, Colombia.