Olga de Chica
Olga de Chica is a self-taught neo-primitivist Colombian painter who has achieved some recognition, both in Colombia and abroad, for her works.
Olga de Chica paints in a style that has been described as "primitivist", which she developed organically without the benefit of any formal artistic training. Her works are mainly populated landscapes that strive to communicate the look and feel of the typical, if sometimes slightly nostalgic, life in rural Colombia. Her works are noted for their vivid colors, and charming, if somewhat fanciful representations of Colombian flora and fauna. Her works are informed by her Colombian upbringing in the early part of the 20th Century and today. Her paintings are said to contain the flavor and freshness of her home state. Rural life, small towns and the coffee region of her native Colombia are the core of her work, where the family unit stands as the keeper of tradition and customs that make it unique in the social fabric of the nation.
Olga de Chica was born in Filandia, Colombia, in the coffee region called Quindio. She attended the Sacred Heart of Jesus High School in Filandia and the School of Fine Arts in Manizales. Olga started painting as a child, when it is said she used squeezed flowers in an attempt to create lively colors. However, the bulk of her lifetime was spent as the wife of a locally beloved school teacher, and the mother of two daughters and a son. It was not until she was approaching her fifties that she became a professional painter.
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