Olga Albizu, Puerto Rican (1924 - 2005)

Olga Abizu

Olga Albizu Rosaly (1924–2005) was an abstract expressionist painter from Ponce, Puerto Rico.

Albizu was born and raised in Puerto Rico, where she studied painting with the Spanish painter Esteban Vicente from 1943 to 1947. She received a B.A. from the University of Puerto Rico in 1946. She moved to New York City on a fellowship for post-graduate work at the Art Students League in 1948. After that, she did further studies in Europe at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris and the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence. Later, she spent a year painting in the Provence as painters such as Van Gogh and Cézanne had done before her. In 1953 she returned to New York. In 1958 she settled in New York City and her first solo exhibition was organized in Puerto Rico. She stopped painting in 1984. Albizu is the pioneer of Abstract Expressionism in Puerto Rican art, and her work has been described as lyrical.

Her work is distinguished by a intermittent pigment with contiguos stop creating strong textural structure, forming an illusion of unity, between color and geometrical forms on the canvas. You could ask me what is the major landmark of Albizu’s Work? And I would answer the paint-covered in rectangle with many accents in the way of color, shape, and the line that seem to positively accents the composition in every of her works.

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