Beatriz Olano

Beatriz Olano

Medellín, 1965

The work of Colombian painter Beatriz Olano is characterized by the use of geometry, colour and lines, as well as by the important relationships between objects and spaces, with many of her works exuding an almost architectural feel. Strong influences from artists such as Mondrian, Malevich and Rothko can be seen in her work.

In her words: “I have always been interested in playing with space in order to change the way it is perceived. These interventions usually have a pictorial character that goes back to my training as a painter, whilst also using other media such as drawing, sculpture and installation. My job is to find, deconstruct and reconfigure everyday objects, materials and spaces to give them a new meaning that transforms their reality and breaks the boundaries between them. Space is my starting point. It gives me the first guidelines to identify and establish how to approach what I want to alter. The creation of my works takes different forms and is made with different materials, but it is always linked to a geometric language typical of abstract art. The presence of colour reflects the instinctive character inherent in it. I use tones as I feel them, I like their strength and the way they take the space through correspondences and contrasts”.

Beatriz Olano studied in the United States where she obtained a master's degree in Fine Arts at the Milton Avery School of Arts. She has participated in several exhibitions, collective and individual, in the US and Canada, as well as in the cities of Bogotá, Medellín, San José, Havana, and Lima, among others.

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"Colour is strength, instinct.

I use colours as I feel them".


Beatriz Olano