Lech Walesa portrait by Olga Calado, presented to him at Fairfield Halls, Croydon, to be auctioned.
Lech Walesa portrait by Olga Calado, presented to him at Fairfield Halls, Croydon, UK.

I have had the pleasure to recap on Olga’s professional trajectory spanning galleries, museum and auction houses, and to write about her art collected across the private sector. Now that Olga has started her practice again it is particularly important to talk about her biography.

Olga Calado-Moreno was born in Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Spain; however, she has spent the most significant part of her life in UK, where she earned a degree and a master degree in Humanities (Hispanic & European Studies, Queen Mary University of London, UK/ Business Protocol, Ingafor, Business School of Oviedo, Spain). She has worked in the field of Art Galleries and Museums, as well as PR. Currently Olga lives and works in London.

Olga Calado-Moreno is an artist trained in the field of painting techniques of the Old Masters, and uses oil and mixed techniques with the theories taught by Max Doerner. In her early years, she studied drawing, volume and perspective with Professor Don Policarpio Domínguez de Guzmán at the Institute of her hometown. After exploring multiple themes, including portraits, she opted for what has been his greatest interest in the one that persists now: landscapes, particularly those of sand dunes.

She spent many years painting and participating in numerous collective and solo exhibitions in Spain, and her artwork is held within many private collections.

It must be noted that her artwork was selected as finalist and exhibited in the XXV National Painting Competition in Jerez, Southern Spain. She was invited as a member of her province’s committee to the Art Congress “Expression”, organised by High School of Fine Arts, Algeciras. In her home town, she has participated in local Commercial Fairs and was twice hired by the local Council to impart painting courses.

Olga’s last years dedicated to painting while in Spain were about portraits, some of them of very well-known artists.

During her first years in UK, Olga was commissioned to paint the portrait of the former president of Poland, Lech Walesa; her artwork was sold in auction. Then, she signed a representation contract with an international online Art Gallery to publish images of her work and sell its prints.

Although she never stopped being an artist, she has now returned to exhibitions, invited by TATE in London for the Inside Job Collective, Staff Biennale Exhibition 2019.