Olga Calado’s Biography and Career


Olga Calado is a London-based painter who creates realistic oil paintings on canvas. Her work explores themes of beaches, sands, and dune landscapes. Olga grew up in Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Spain, next to Doñana National Park and the mouth of the Guadalquivir River. There she drew deep and lasting inspiration from the coastal environment.

Following her training in technical drawing, perspective, volume techniques and complex color composition at Francisco Pacheco High School, she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Philology from Queen Mary University of London. She then continued her art education at The Prince Foundation in London, where she studied Old Master painting techniques.

Olga Calado is a juried member of the International Guild of Realism in Arizona, USA. Her art is considered part of the representative style within the Ecological Art Movement and has been exhibited in both commercial galleries and institutional museums, such as Tate Modern and the European Museum of Modern Art (MEAM). Her works have been widely exhibited in her home city of Sanlúcar de Barrameda, with additional shows in London, Bolonia and Barcelona. Calado’s paintings can be found in many private collections around the world.


Group Exhibitions

2022- October, International Guild of Realism, “IGOR 2022 Fall Salon Online Exhibition“, Scottsdale, Arizona, USA

2022- September, MEAM Museo Europeu d’Art Modern, “The MEAM Hall”, Barcelona, Spain

2022- July, Art Not Mil.lenni Gallery, “Artistic Adventure”, Barcelona, Spain

2022 – May-June, Galleria De Marchi, “Little Treasures”, Bologna, Italy

2022 – March, TATE MODERN, Inside Job Biennale, “Love and Loss”, London, UK

2022 – February, The Brick Lane Gallery, The Annexe, “Landscape Art: Rural vs Urban” , London, UK

2019 – TATE MODERN, Inside Job Biennale, “Dunes in Motion, London, UK

Solo Exhibitions

2020 – Paddington Works, “Broken/Hidden Nature”, London, UK

2008 – Círculo de Artesanos, Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Spain

2007 – Centro Cultural “La Victoria”, Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Spain

Art Education

  • La Paternal, Artist Residency, secondment of process in Olga Calado´s Art Book, Buenos Aires 2022-23
  • UAL – Chelsea College of Arts: “Curating Contemporary”, London 2021
  • The Prince Foundation of Traditional Arts: “Classical Oil Painting”, London 2021
  • City University of London, by Renée Pfister: “The Business of the Visual Art World, 2019-2020 & “Curating & Exhibition Management,  2018-2019
  • WAES Westminster: “Working with Watercolours, 2008 & Digital Design, “2D and 3D Visual Communication & “Introduction to Experimental Imagery”, 2007

Press and publications

Please refer to the Media section.