Biography

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