Biography

(actualization 12-04-2019)

 

Born in 1932 in Bogotá, Colombia

Lives and works in Bogotá

 

EDUCATION

1954-55

  • Fabric Art, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

1951-52

  • B.S. in Architectural Design, Colegio Mayor de Cundinamarca, Bogotá, Colombia

 

PRIZES, AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS

2011

  • Honoree of the Multicultural Benefit Gala, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

2010

  • Member of the Academia Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2009

  • Olga de Amaral Prize awarded at 5th International Biennial of Textile Art, organized by the World textile Art Organization (WTA), Buenos Aires, Argentina

2008

  • Honorary Co-Chair for the benefit of the Multicultural Audience Development Initiative, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

2006

  • Olga de Amaral Prize awarded at the 4th International Biennial of Textile Art, San Jose, Costa Rica

2005

  • Visionary Artist recognition by the Museum of Art & Design, New York, New York

1989

  • Chair, UCLA, Los Angeles, California

1973

  • Guggenheim Fellowship, New York

1972

  • First Prize in the Tercera Bienal de Artes de Coltejer, Medellin, Colombia

1971

  • First Prize in the XXII Salón Nacional de Artistas, Bogotá

 

Solo Exhibitions

2015

  • “Olga de Amaral: Color Sombra,” Galeria La Cometa, Bogota, February 19 to April 2.

2014

  • “Olga de Amaral: El Dorado Thread,” Galerie Agnès Monplaisir, Paris, France, September 12 to October 25.
  • “Olga de Amaral,” Sp-arte (Sao Paulo International Art Fair), Sao Paulo, Brasil, April 9 to 12.
  • Art Rio ‘14. Galerie Agnès Monplaisir. Rio de Janeiro, Brasil.
  • Miami Art+Design. Galerie Agnès Monplaisir. Miami.

2013

  • “Olga de Amaral: Selected Works,” Louise Blouin Foundation (in collaboration with the Galerie Agnès Monplaisir), London, England, October 14 to October 30.
  • “Olga de Amaral: Pozos Azules,” Bellas Artes Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, August 1 to September 28.

2012

  • “Olga de Amaral Places,” Nohra Haime Gallery, New York
  • “Boundaries,” Latin American Masters Gallery, Los Angeles, California

2011

  • “VII Pueblos & VII Polícromos,” Bellas Artes Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2010

  • “Entre Pueblos” & oeuvres récentes installation by Juan Montoya, Galerie Jean-Jacques Dutko, Paris, France

2009

  • Plus Ultra al di La’ del Barocco, Museo Della Citta’Di Santa Giulia, Brescia, Italia
  • Estructuras y Esculturas, Jim y Olga de Amaral, Galería Club El Nogal, Bogotá
  • Jim y Olga de Amaral, Corpbanca, Caracas, Venezuela
  • “Nudos,” Bellas Artes Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2008

  • Golden Fleece, Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv, Israel

2007

  • Strata, Centro Cultural Casa de Vacas, Madrid, Spain

2005

  • “Resonancias,” Centro Cultural de Belen, Portugal

2004

  • “Threaded Words,” Colombian Embassy in the United States, Washington D.C.

2003

  • Glyphs, Bellas Artes Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2002

  • Tiempos y tierra, Museo de la Nación, Lima, Peru
  • Museo de Arte Moderno, Barranquilla, Colombia

2001

  • Mes de Colombia, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2000

  • “Pasos” Bellas Artes Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

1999

  • Galería Diners, Bogotá, Colombia
  • Hillside Terrace, Tokyo, Japan
  • Kreismuseum, Zons, Dormagen, Germany
  • Textilmuseum Max Berk, Heidelberg, Germany
  • Olga de Amaral: Woven Gold, The Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque, New Mexico

1998

  • Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
  • Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana

1997

  • Museo de Arte Moderno La Tertulia, Cali, Colombia
  • Art Museum of the Americas, Washington D.C.
  • Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Bellas Artes Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Rétrospective, Musèe de la Tapisserie Contemporaine, Angers, France
  • Olga de Amaral: Seven Stelae, Federal Reserve Board, Washington D.C.
  • University Art Museum Downtown, The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque

1996

  • Galería Diners, Bogotá, Colombia
  • Peter Joseph Gallery, New York
  • Museo de Arte de Pereira, Pereira, Colombia
  • Nine Stelae and other Landscapes, Fresno Art Museum, Fresno, California
  • OUNM Center for the Arts, Albuquerque, New Mexico

1994

  • The Allrich Gallery, San Francisco, California
  • California State University, Todd Madigan Gallery, Bakersfield, California
  • Galería Pérez-McCullom, Guayaquil, Ecuador
  • Bellas Artes Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

1993

  • Lost Images, Inherited Landscapes, The Allrich Gallery, San Francisco, California
  • Elite Fine Arts, Miami, Florida
  • Cuatro tiempos (a retrospective), Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogotá, Bogotá
  • Centro Cultural Avianca, Barranquilla, Colombia

1992

  • Lost Images, Inherited Landscapes, Johnston Community College, Overland Park, Kansas
  • Bellas Artes Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

1990

  • Bellas Artes Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

1989

  • The Allrich Gallery, San Francisco, California

1988

  • New Art Forms Exposition: 20th Century Decorative and Applied Arts, Navy Pier, Chicago, Illinois
  • Galería Camino Real, Boca Raton, Florida

1987

  • The Allrich Gallery, San Francisco, California

1986

  • 42nd Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

1985

  • The Allrich Gallery, San Francisco, California
  • Gloria Luria Gallery. Miami Florida

1984

  • The Allrich Gallery, San Francisco, California

1983

  • Modern Masters Tapestries, New York, New York

1980

  • La Galería, Quito, Ecuador
  • Galería Témpora, Bogotá, Colombia

1977

  • La Galería, Quito, Ecuador
  • Florence Duhl Gallery, New York
  • Ruth Kaufmann Gallery, New York

1976

  • Galería Belarca, Bogotá, Colombia

1975

  • Artweave Gallery, New York, New York
  • Gallerie Rivolta, Lausanne, Switzerland

1974

  • South Yarra Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
  • Oynton Gallery, Sydney, Australia

1973

  • Andre Emmerich Gallery, New York
  • Banque Nationale de Paris, Paris, France
  • Galerie La Demeure, Paris, France

1972

  • Museo de Arte Moderno Bogotá

1970

  • Museum of Contemporary Crafts, New York

1969

  • Biblioteca Luis Angel Arango, Bogotá

1968

  • Museum West, San Francisco, California.

1967

  • Skidmore Gallery, Saratoga Springs, New York
  • Hall’s, Kansas City, MO
  • Jack Lenor Larsen Gallery, New York

1966

  • Universidad de Carabobo, Venezuela
  • Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas Venezuela
  • Galería T. A. B., Bogotá

1961

  • Galería El Callejón, Bogotá

1958

  • Sociedad Colombiana de Arquitectos, Bogotá

 

Group Exhibitions

2015

  • “Embracing Space & Color: Art On & Off the Wall,” Vero Beach Museum, February 20 to June 7, Miami, Fl.

2015

  • “Gold” curated by Jose Carlos Diaz, Bass Museum, August 8 to February 15, 2015, Miami, Fl.

2014-15

  • “Waterweavers: The River in Contemporary Colombian Visual and Material Culture,” curated by Jose Roca, Bard Graduate Center, April to August 2014, New York, NY, travelling exhibition to Centro Conde Duque, Madrid.

2014

  • “Fiber: Sculpture 1960–present,” Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, from October 1, 2014 through January 4, 2015 travelling to Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio (January 30 – April 5, 2015) and Des Moines Art Center, Iowa (May 8, 2015 – August 2, 2015).
  • Artevida, Casa França Brasil, Rio de Janeiro, June 28 to September 21.
  • “Chic Matière(s),” Galerie Agnès Monplaisir, Paris, France.
  • “Paper Trail,” Latin American Masters, May through July, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Decorum, Power Art Station, Shanghai, China.

2012

  • “Olga de Amaral & Do Konig Vassilakis: Oeuvres textiles & Sculptures,” Galerie Agnes Monplaisir, Paris
  • Sourcing the Museum, Textile Museum, Washington D.C.

2009

  • “Plusultra Oltre il barocco: Arte latino-americana a confronto, curated by Giorgio Antei,” Santa Giulia Museo della Città, Brescia, Italy, December 4 to July 27.
  • “Estructuras y Esculturas: Jim y Olga de Amaral,” Galería Club El Nogal, Bogotá, Colombia.
  • “Huellas: Olga de Amaral, Presencia: Jim Amaral, Corpbanca, Caracas, Venezuela, May to June.

2008

  • FIA, Galería La Cometa, Caracas, Venezuela
  • “ARTBO,” Galería La Cometa, Bogotá, Colombia
  • Museum of Art & Design, New York
  • One of a Kind, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

2007

  • Galería La Cometa, Bogotá

2003

  • Gary Nader Gallery, Miami, Florida

2002

  • Soffa, Chicago

2001

  • “Barro de América,” Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Caracas, Venezuela

1999

  • The Saxe Collection Donation, M.H. De Young Museum, San Francisco, California
  • Portafolio AGPA, Cartón de Colombia

1995

  • Latin American Women Artists, 1915-1995, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona
  • Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado
  • National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D.C.
  • Center for the Fine Arts, Miami, Florida

1994

  • “The Gold Show,” Palo Alto Cultural Center, Palo Alto, California
  • “Contemporary Crafts and the Saxe Collection” (Exhibition catalog), The Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Museum, Washington, D.C.
  • Newport Harbor Museum, “Contemporary Crafts and the Saxe Collection” (Traveling Exhibition with catalogue), Newport Harbor, California
  • “Focus on Fiber Art, Selection from the Growing 20th Century Collection,” The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

1993

  • “Contemporary Crafts and the Saxe Collection,” The Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis Missouri
  • “15th International Lausanne Biennial, Contemporary Textile Art” (with exhibition catalog) Lausanne, Suisse
  • Kunsten Museum of Modern Art, Aalborg, Denmark
  • “Contemporary Crafts and the Saxe Collection” (Exhibition catalog), Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio

1992

  • 15th International Biennial of Tapestry, Lausanne, Switzerland (with exhibition catalog)
  • “15th International Lausanne Biennial, Contemporary Textile Art” (exhibition catalog) Netherlands
  • Textielmuseum, Tilburg, Netherlands
  • Modern Design: 1890-1990 “The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (exhibition catalog)

1991

  • 15th International Biennial of Tapestry, Lausanne, Switzerland (exhibition catalog)
  • “15th International Lausanne Biennial, Contemporary Textile Art” (exhibition catalog) Netherlands Textielmuseum, Tilburg, Netherlands

1990

  • 33 Salón de Artistas, Bogotá, Colombia.

1988

  • “New Traditions,” Nordenfeldske Kunstindustrimuseum, Trondheim, Norway

1987

  • “Interlacing: The Elemental Fabric,” curated by Jack Larsen, travelling exhibition, The Pavillon, Dallas, Texas and The Textile Museum, Washington D.C.
  • “Six Decades of American Fiber,” curated by Jack Larsen, Oregon Historical Museum, Portland, Oregon
  • “Recent Acquisitions,” Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
  • “Textile Survey,” Sierra Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, Nevada

1986

  • “Contemporary Crafts: A Concept in Flux,” The Society for Art in Crafts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1985

  • “Threads: Small Scale Textiles,” Palo Alto Cultural Center, Palo Alto, California
  • “Fiberworks,” Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary Fiberworks, University of Texas at El Paso, Main Gallery, Fox Fine Arts Center, El Paso, Texas

1983

  • Musèe des Ecoles des Beaux Arts, Paris

1982

  • Feria Internacional de Art Contemporaneo, Madrid, España

1981

  • The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California
  • Musèe d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France

1980

  • Le Grand Palais, F.I.A.C., Paris, France
  • Mobilier, Paris, France

1977

  • 8th International Biennial of Tapestry, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan
  • The Cleveland Museum of Fine Art, Cleveland, Ohio

1976

  • Musèe Ingres, Montauban, France

1975

  • 7th International Biennial of Tapestry, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • “Arte Colombiano a Través de los Siglos,” Musèe Petit Palais, Paris, France
  • “Superficies,” Grand Palais, Paris, France

1974

  • XXV Salón Nacional de Artes Visuales, Govett Brewster Art Gallery, New Zealand

1973

  • Trienale de Milano Arquitectura de Artes Aplicadas, Milano, Italia
  • Detroit Art Institute, Detroit, Michigan
  • Museo de Arte Moderno, Bogotá, Colombia
  • “Fiberworks,” The Emily Love Gallery Hampstead, New York, New York
  • Chapelle de la Ville Dieu, France

1972

  • Tercera Bienal de Arte Coltejer, Medellín, Colombia

1971

  • 5th International Biennial of Tapestry, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Zacheta Gallery, Varsovia, Poland
  • “Textile Constructions,” Ruth Kaufmann Gallery, New York, New York
  • “Deliberate Entanglements,” University of California at Los Angeles Art Gallery, Los Angeles, California, travelling exhibition to University of Oregon, Portland, Oregon; University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah; and the Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, California
  • XXII Salón de Artistas Nacionales, Bogotá

1970

  • “Olga de Amaral, Else Bechteley, Sheila, Hicks,”Galería Buchholz, Munich, Germany
  • Segunda Biennal de Arte de Coltejer, Medellín, Colombia
  • “Textile Constructions” Ruth Kaufmann Gallery, New York, New York

1969

  • The Egg and the Eye Gallery, Los Angeles, California
  • Panamerican Society of New England, Boston, Massachusetts
  • “Mayo,” Mill Valley, California
  • Detroit Museum of Art, Detroit, Michigan
  • “Wall Hangings,” The Museum of Modern Art, New York
  • Purdue University, Indiana
  • Quatrieme Biennale Internationale de la Tapisserie, Lausanne, Switzerland

1968

  • “The Intersection of the Line,” California State University, Long Beach, California

1967

  • 3rd International Biennial of Tapestry, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • “Textiles Colombianos,” Colombian Center, New York, New York

 

WORK IN PERMANENT COLLECTIONS

  • The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
  • Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio
  • American Craft Museum, New York, New York
  • Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
  • Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado
  • De Young Museum, San Francisco, California
  • Kunstendustrimuseum, Throdheim, Norway
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
  • Museo de Arte Moderno, Bogotá, Colombia
  • Museo de Arte Moderno La Tertulia, Cali, Colombia
  • Museum of Modern Art, New York
  • Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France
  • Musée Bellerive, Zurich, Switzerland
  • Musée Jean Lurçat et de la Tapisserie Contemporaine, Angers, France
  • The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, Albuquerque, New México
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
  • Museo Nacional (Cancillería), Bogotá
  • Museo del Instituto de Arte Contemporáneo, Lima, Perú
  • Museum Bellerive, Zürich, Switzerland
  • The Renwick Gallery of the National Gallery, Washington D.C.
  • Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island
  • San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, Texas
  • Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio
  • The Textile Museum, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Corporate and Institutional Collections
  • Ararat Gallery, Australia
  • Arthur Young Company, Houston, Texas
  • Banco de Comercio Exterior, Bancoldex, Bogotá, Colombia
  • Banco de la República, Bogotá, Colombia
  • Clínica Santa Fe de Bogotá, Bogotá, Colombia
  • Club El Nogal, Bogotá, Colombia
  • Colgel the Clinton Exchange, Syracuse, New York, New York
  • Coltejer, Medellín, Colombia
  • Charterhouse International, New York, New York
  • Dreyfus Corporation, New York, New York
  • Embajada de Colombia, Madrid, España
  • Embajada de Colombia, México D.F., México
  • Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, California
  • Federación Nacional de Cafeteros, Bogotá, Colombia
  • First National Bank, Forth Worth, Texas
  • First National City Bank, Chicago, Illinois
  • First National City Bank, Miami, Florida
  • Flagship Bank, Miami, Florida
  • Florida National Bank, Jacksonville, Florida
  • Forth Worth National Bank, Houston, Texas
  • Four Seasons Hotel, Hong Kong, Japan
  • GBC International, London, Great Britain
  • Hotel Santa Clara, Cartagena, Colombia
  • Hyatt Regency, Chicago, Illinois
  • Hyatt Regency, San Francisco, California
  • IBM de Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia
  • Interamerican Development Bank, Washington D.C.
  • International Trade Mart, Bruxelles, Belgique
  • John Nuveen & Company, Chicago, Illinois
  • Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
  • Omaha Public Library, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Palacio Presidencial Antonio Nariño, Bogotá, Colombia
  • Phillip Morris Collection, New York, New York
  • Prudential Life Insurance Company, New Jersey
  • Regent Hotel, Hong Kong
  • Seguros Skandia, Bogotá, Colombia
  • Sofitel. Hotel Nicolás de Obando, Santo Domingo, República Dominicana
  • The Landmark Group, Atlanta, Georgia
  • UCSD Medical Center, La Jolla, California

 

TEACHING

1989

  • Guest Professor, UCLA, Spring semester
  • Member, UCLA Arts Council

1970-78

  • Latinamerican representative for the World Crafts Council

1968-72

  • Colombian representative for the World Crafts Council, Lima, Perú

1972

  • Studio, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA
  • Studio, Arts and Crafts, Berkeley, CA
  • Studio, The Yarn Depot, San Francisco, CA

1970

  • Director, textile studio, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Main
  • California College of Arts & Crafts, Berkeley, California
  • University of California at San Jose, San Jose, California

1967

  • Director, textile studio, in Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Maine
  • Director, textile studio, Penland School of Crafts, North Carolina

1953

  • Director, Architectural Design Department, Colegio Mayor de Cundinamarca, Bogotá

 

CONFERENCES

2003

  • Conference “The House of My Imagination” Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

1978

  • Conference at University of California, Berkeley, California

1972

  • Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, California

1971

  • Olga de Amaral participates in the UCLA symposium “Fiber as a Creative Medium” with Magda Abakanowicz, Junius Bird, Sheila Hicks, Boris Kroll, Glen Kaufmann and Jogoda Buic. Los Angeles, USA

1970

  • Ecole des Arts Appliqués, Bâle, Switzerland

1968

  • World Crafts Council, 3rd General Assembly, Lima, Peru

1967

  • Textile Department, University of California, Berkeley, California