Violeta: Lienzo (Collections of Otto Reyes)

Olga Albizu was a Puerto Rican painter and considered one of the pioneers of abstract art in Puerto Rico. She was part of the generation of artists of the 1950s and 1960s whose works ranged from abstract to representational.

Born in Ponce in 1924, she enrolled at the Río Piedras campus of the University of Puerto Rico, where she studied under the tutelage of Esteban Vicente, a renowned Spanish painter who cultivated abstract expressionism. In 1948, she won a scholarship to study at the Art Students League of New York, where Hans Hoffman, a German painter who was also an abstract expressionist, was also a student. She traveled to Europe to study at the Academia Grande Chaumiére de París (1951) and later at the Academia de Bellas Artes in Florence, Italy (1952). She later spent a year painting in Provence, France. In 1953 she returned to New York, where she settled permanently. During the 1950s, she designed record album covers for the recording industry company RCA Victor.

Her works are abstract in genre and she preferred to work in oil paints. Among her works are Violeta, 50-90-3, White and Growth. She participated in numerous exhibitions, both individual and collective, in Puerto Rico, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Mexico and Germany, among other places. Her paintings are part of many private and public collections, including those of Chase Manhattan Bank, the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture, the Cooperativa de Seguros Múltiples, the Puerto Rico Museum of Art and the Israel National Museum.

She died in New York in 2005.


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Gran Enciclopedia de Puerto Rico

Author: Grupo Editorial EPRL
Published: September 03, 2014.

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