Biography

Paintings of Beaches of Sand Dunes

Natural of: Sanlúcar de Barrameda. Beaches of Sand Dunes

Olga Calado is a canvas painting artist of sand dunes beaches. She was born in Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Spain. Thus, Olga Calado lived part of her youth in this geographical place called “Entorno Doñana”. “Entorno Doñana” is a protected natural space that surrounds the “Doñana National Park” in Spain. Hence, the beautiful geographical environment, influenced Olga,s awareness about land and nature. Then, soon, she began to reflect it on to her canvases. Meaning, Olga became the artist for paintings of beaches of sand dunes, of “Doñana” and the sand dunes beaches in her hometown.

Artistic training: City of Sanlúcar de Barrameda: “Entorno Doñana” of Sand Dunes

Olga Calado have a complete training in technical drawing, perspective and volume techniques. As well, she trained in the complexity of the composition of the colours. The artist studied under the tutelage of Professor Emeritus Don Policarpo Domínguez de Guzmán at the Educational Institute of her hometown.

City of Seville and London

Early in her career, the artist is a self-taught oil painter. She encounters some technical difficulties that quickly resolves with the advice of the teaching team at the Seville School of Fine Arts. Later the artist studies “Classical Oil Painting” at The Prince Foundation, London. In this way, Olga also knows not only the technical part, but all the craftsmanship of the painting techniques of the Old Masters.
Due to her technical knowledge, put into practice for many years, Olga Calado masters the techniques of the Old Masters. Her practice is demonstrated by the many exhibitions she has done, described in Career Her exhibitions mainly focus on the theme of sandy beaches and dune landscapes of her natural environment of those years.

Recognition:

Award Winer with “Woman along the sand dunes in the beach of the Coto Doñana”

Juried Member of the “International Guild of Realism”, IGOR

Olga’s technical specialization, led her to be finalist in the XXV National Painting Contest of Jerez (Spain). The awarded painting is “Woman along the sand dunes in the beach of the Coto Doñana”. Thus, she became member of the Art Commission representing her province for the First Regional Congress of Art, “Expression”. The Congress, was organized by the School Superior of Fine Arts, held in Algeciras (Spain).

After the years, the artist became a juried member of the renowned “International Guild of Realism”, IGOR, based in the USA. Where, as the organization states: “Artists must demonstrate a high level of technique and style within the realm of realism to be considered.

Life in London, commissioned paintings

The artist has spent most of her life in the UK, London. Olga Calado has worked in the cultural field of public relations (Embassy of Spain in London), art galleries (CAMA Gallery) and museums (TATE). Meanwhile, she continues her artistic practice with private commissions. Noteworthy, is the private commission for the portrait of Lech Walesa (former President of Poland), in connection with the former president’s visit to London.

TATE MODERN Exhibition: “Sand Dunes in Motion”, artistic evolution.

Olga Calado has exhibited at the galleries of the museum TATE MODERN for “Inside Job Collective, Staff Biennale Exhibitions in 2019 and 2022″. Her project “Dunes in Motion” represents the particular natural processes of sand dunes; their effects on other ecological systems, like the pine forest. The artist is showcasing the transformative landscapes of the “Coto de Doñana”. Work of art which is part of the descriptive or representative style within the Ecological Art Movement.

Definition

Olga Calado is a creator of images with the purpose of raising awareness about our natural world and its fragility. Thus, her style is evolving towards an ecological-urban art of nature and cityscapes. By this way, her intention is to bring the ecological movement closer to art and urban expression. Consequently, reach the viewer, stimulating dialogue within their memories of nature from childhood. Certainly, landscape and nature, sometimes through the urban window is Olga Calado’s current artistic expression. For exhibitions, see Press