The rich, abstract paintings of Olga de Jesus Chuqui are at once dynamic
and seductive, contemporary and ancient. They are the ultimate in harnessing
contradictory elements into an exquisite, cohesive and balanced whole.
Born in a rural village in Ecuador, Olga's imagination was seared by
the extreme, yet picturesque landscape and simple rural life there.
Olga's paintings, all rendered in a defined earth tone palette, reflect
this childhood environment. Trained at an early age to paint landscapes
and village scenes by missionaries, stationed in a neighboring village,
Olga's talent and hard work earned her the opportunity to study fine
arts in the United States. Once there, she quickly became attracted
to the complexities and challenges of abstract painting.
Olga paints in layers, first laying down a placid field of tans and
creams in large geometric shapes, then painting over one half of the
field in dynamic layers and splotches of dark browns, oranges, and burnt
umbers. The layering process lends a sense of time-weathered age and
complexity to the paintings, recalling at once stained and soiled parchment,
ancient Andean village walls, and satellite images of the earth in sepia-tone.
Her deliberate strategy of leaving half the painting in a placid field
of tans and creams against an expressive, almost violent, field of dark
umbers and oranges, creates a tension that serves as a never-ending
feast for the viewer's eye and imagination.
Slaymaker Fine Art Ltd. is proud to introduce Olga's alluring paintings
to private and corporate collectors around the world.