Five questions to Olga Burkard

Five questions to Olga Burkard

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Olga Burkard, born on June 7th, 1964 in Mexico City, now resides and works as a full-time artist in Geneva, Switzerland. With a background in graphic design from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City and a Master's degree from the Art School in Basel, Switzerland, Olga seamlessly blends her cultural influences into a fusion of digital and traditional art forms.

How did you get into art?

I developed a passion for art during my childhood, spending time in my mother's tailor shop surrounded by fabrics and patterns. I began creating collages with leftover scraps, igniting my love for creativity, patterns, experimentation, and playfulness.

How would you describe your style? What makes your work special?

My artistic style is evolving and exploratory, blending abstract and geometric expressionism. I utilize unconventional tools such as digital techniques alongside traditional paint, pushing the limits of art into the digital world to prove that the tool does not define art.

How do you go about developing your work?

I typically begin by observing my surroundings, drawing inspiration from simple geometric shapes. Through repetition and transformation, these shapes evolve into intricate patterns, which I then enhance with paint. I aim to evoke imagination by envisioning the underlying components of objects, resembling molecules or shapes that collectively form a visually stimulating experience for the viewer.

Who or what influences you?

During my early career in Mexico City, I had the opportunity to collaborate on designing catalogs and magazines for artists, where I was particularly captivated by the work of Vicente Rojo. His use of geometric shapes and vibrant colors left a lasting impression on my artistic sensibilities. Architecture and nature have always been a source of inspiration due to the organic and geometric patterns.

Make us curious. What are you planning to do next?

I'm currently developing a collection of artworks featuring intricate details and metallic accents on a larger scale.

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