Born in Cali, Colombia, Olga received a Bachelors in Economics from Universidad del Valle, Colombia, her Post-Graduate Certificate in Economics from Birkbeck, University of London (UK), and a Masters in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science (UK). She worked as an economist in her country, a diplomat in Jamaica and a consultant with the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington D.C.
It was not until she abandoned Economics that she devoted herself fully to Photography. She pursues an MFA in Photography at the Academy of Art University. Her experience as an economist and living as an ex-pat in several countries shaped and broadens her vision as a photographer and has transformed her understanding of the human condition as she strives for a deep connection with people who collaborate with her. The focus of her work has been the Aymara community in Bolivia. Through portraiture and portrait stories, Olga delves into the lives of Aymara women to jointly create images that explore culture and identity, traditions and beliefs, and socio-economic issues.
Member of Women Photograph and WPOW (Women Photojournalists of Washington)
– Storytelling in Studio with Kristina Varaksina, Brooklin N.Y., March 18, 2018.
– Fractured Foundations with Danny Wilcox Frazier, Anderson Ranch, Snowmass Village, Colorado, July 2-6, 2018.
– Personal Vision: finding your voice with Lisa Kereszi, Anderson Ranch, Snowmass Village, Colorado, July 23-27, 2018.
– The Eddie Adams Workshop XXXI, October 5-8, 2018 in Jeffersonville, New York.
– APA SF 20th Annual Something Personal, 2017. One hundred image framed exhibition and online Gallery, www.sf.apanational.org
– 2017 Academy of Art University Spring Show
– 2016 Academy of Art University Spring Show
– Lauchlin Currie Scholarship. Central Bank of Colombia main award to pursue studies at the London School of Economics
– Honorable mention, Academy of Art University Spring Show 2017
– Member of the Eddie Adams Workshop XXXI.
Olga lives in North Bethesda, Maryland