Olga Spiegel, was brought up and trained in Europe , lives and established her studio in New York.
Her work has evolved from the abstract and optical energy fields influences of the 1960s through later study of the Old Master’s technique with Ernst Fuchs, to her current unique visionary alphabet that has lately included computer, digital paintings.
Nurtured by Psychedelic Art, European Fantastic Realism, Surrealism and Science Fiction, her art points to an inner process, a chemical visual interaction were the inner self’s, messages are deciphered through images and symbols taking the viewer into an edgy realm of realism and unnamable forms.
On the wings of improvisation free flowing images and color create associations to uncover a mysterious universe.
Ancient icons, space-age imagery with metaphysical overtones, that reveal an evolutionary flowering , nature and its organisms populated into myriad of forms.
Her work has shown in galleries and private collections in Europe and America and has been cited in many books and publications. She is also an independent curator and has curated numerous international exhibitions.
Paintings are poetic apparitions where the world is the kindling consuming fire for the soul. I paint images as if they exist in front of my eyes, dreaming up forms and entire environments, a mysterious dreamland where shapes have no name and space has no reason, liberated from everyday imprinting, floating in a realm of pure imagination. Petrification and decomposition of matter is part of the pictorial search, a penetration on the cellular level extracting a meaning that infuses all things.
Academie Royal Des Beaux Arts, Belgium.
Saint Martins School of the Arts, London.
School of Fantastic Realism, Old Masters’ Technique Seminar, Austria.
2001 “L’ infini de Vos Reves,” Galerie D’ Art du Fantastique de L’imaginaire.
1997 “Art for Art’s Sake,” Awas Cultural Center, Belgium.
1995 “Island Sea & People Scapes,” Cocoloba Gallery, Anguilla.
1994 “Jardin et Paysages Inattendus,” Petit COQ, Galerie, Brussels.
1987 “From Crystal Cities to Chasing Rainbows”, Hawthorn Gallery, Woodstock, NY.
1985 “Crystal Cities,” Marymount Manhattan College Gallery, New York.
1981 “Archispaces”, the 84 Mercer Street Loft, New York.
1980 Romi Goldmunz Centrum, Antwerp, Belgium.
1975 P&M Larisey Gallery, Soho, New York.
GROUP EXHIBITIONS (selected)
Galerie Expression, Caraman France
“Sympathetic Magic ” Westbeth Gallery. New York
“Women & Friends of Women” Hob Art Gallery, New Jersey
Visionary Alchemy, One Art Space. New York
International Surrealism now at Museum Multimedia, Poros 2017
Imagination Reigns Society for Art of Imagination Karja’s Art Space. Ubud, Bali
“Timeless Imagination” Imanaka Interiors, the Lally Gallery at the Erewash Museum, Derbyshire England
Fantastische Kunst II Gallerie- Flox. Art for Peace, Dreams & Divinities & Art of Imagination Friese, Kirchau Germany
International Surrealism Now 2016 Musee Multimedia Poros
A Legacy of Light~ Generations of Vision, Castle Gloggnitz, Austria
Art for Peace, Dreams & Divinities & Art of Imagination, Atelier Gustave, Paris
Canadian Society for Art of Imagination, Eco-musee du Fier Monde. Montreal.
Surrealism Now Museum Da Cidade De Aveiro . Portugal
11th. Women International Show and Women Yearbook 2015, Latino Art Museum, Pomona. CA.
Luso- Americas Surrealism of the 21st Century, Latino Art Museum, Pomona Los Angeles
Visionaries: Seers of the Soul. Blue Door Gallery. Yonkers
Toronto Art for Peace : Toronto Society for Art of Imagination
International Surrealism Now Medieval Palace of Paco Ega, Portugal: Condeixa-a-Nova
Lumin-Arte Gallery, Presents: Luso- American, Surrealism of the 21rst Century, Dallas Texas
Psychedelic and Beyond. Los Angeles
Visionary Experience, San Francisco
International Surrealism Now” – The Roque Gameiro House, Amadora, Lisbon
Art Imaginar, Germany
International Exhibition of Fantastic and Visionary Art
Visionaries, the Art of the Fantastic, QCC Art gallery, Queensboro College”
The Society for Art of Imagination, Palais Palffy, Phantasten Museum, Vienna Exhibition and International Conference on the future of Fantastic and Visionary Art
“ Fantastic Generations, Uncommon Visions”, Internationales Phantasten Museum Wien.
” Glimpse” Enigmatic Visions”, William Bennett Gallery, New York
“ 5 Decades of the Fantastic, Murphy Hill Gallery, Chicago
“ Draw” Museo De La Cuidad De Mexico
“ Energy Radiance” Gallery Fifty Six, Memphis,
“ Ancient Civilisations/Alien Technologies” Temple of Visions Gallery, Los Angeles.
“ Fifty Years Fantastic” La Galleria Pall Mall, London.
“ Energy Art Salon”, Murphy Hill Gallery. Chicago.
“Art of Vision”, Seed Gallery, Newark NJ. (Olga Spiegel Co Curator) Society for Art of Imagination.
”Venice Carnival” Interart Gallery, Society for Art of Imagination, New York
“Miniatures & Other Small Masterpieces”, Gallery Fantasmus, Denmark.
Fantasmus, Society for Art of Imagination, Denmark.
Brick Lane Gallery, London.
The Mall Gallery, Society for Art of Imagination, London.
A Toast to Toast, Synagogue for the Arts, New York.
Where Science Meet Art, Society for Art of Imagination at Pennsylvania College of Technology.
Flights of Imagination. HR Giger Museum, Switzerland.
Gallery Icosahedron, New York.
Festival of Fantasy and Imagination in England.
The Society for Art of Imagination at Lauderdale House, London.
April 12 to May 5
The Inner Eye, Interart Gallery NY.
Selected Works of the Society for the Art of Imagination
April 12- to May 7.
Myth, Magic & Meaning, Allentown Art Museum
29th Juried Show, Jurors Show, Jurors: Audrey Flack, Robert Mattison, Joseph Elliott.
From Here to Eternity, Photo District Gallery, NY.
Myth Magic & Metaphor, Union Street Gallery, Chicago.
“Digital Splash” Juried Exhibition.
Dates and Venues for the Visionary & Fantastic Art
Touring Exhibitions in Australia are:
14 June – 3 August 2003
Global Arts Link / Ipswitch Regional Gallery
8 August – September 21, 2003
Orange Regional Gallery,
Orange, New South Wales
March 18 – April 18, 2004
Manning Regional Gallery
Manning, New South Wales
May – June 2004
TBC Parramatta Heritage Centre
Sydney, New South Wales
2003 Competition, “The Mythic Quest”,
an online show organised by Susanne Iles.
“Diego Victorio Gallery”, Miami
Nov.15 -Dec 31ST
WAH Center, New York.
Exhibition runs from Sept 20 -Nov 2
Society for Art of the Imagination
Gallery at Cork Street, London
“The Diary Project” New York – St Petersburg, St Mark’s Church in the Bowery, NY
“My Life.. My City St Petersburg-(Russia), New York, at St Mark’s Church in the Bowery.
“Photo District Gallery ” Into the Light ” Digital Art, New York
“Celebrating Our Diversity”, Multicultural Exhibition at the African American Museum, Hempstead, NY.
“Society for Art of Imagination”, The Gallery in Cork Street, London.
“Visionary Art Exhibition,” The Orange Regional Art Gallery, a Public Art’s Museum, Orange, NSW, Australia.
Whimsey Blue, New York.
2000 “The Art of Imagination”, Mall Galleries, London.
1999 “Spirit Ecco” St. Mark’s Church, Visual Arts Program, New York.
1998 “We the People” 2nd Annual Multi-cultural Art Exhibit, The African American Museum, Hempstead, NY.
1997 “Inner Dimensions/ Outer Limits” (Curated by Olga Spiegel) St. Mark’s Chuch, NY.
1996 “Belgian State of Mind”, Southern Highlands Regional Gallery, Moss Vale, Australia.
“Eight Belgian ArtistsbLiving in New York.”
“Visions of Unreality / Surreal and Fantastic Competition, Limner Gallery, NY.
“56th National Mid-Year Exhibition,” Curator: Terry Dintenfass, Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio.
Gallerie Olin, Belgium.
Tempera Gallery, Belgium.
“Into the Future,” Invitational, Olympia & York, New York.
“Doors of Perception,” Invitational, Susan Cooper Gallery, Woodstock, NY.
“Redefining Visionary Art,” Doma Gallery, NY.
“7th Annual Juried Exhibition”, Curator Kim Levin, Pleiades Gallery, NY.
“Prayers for Peace,” Invitational, White Light Gallery, NY.
“Crystals,” Sponsor Shirley MacLaine, Beverley Hills, California.
“Revelations”, 2nd Juried Exhibition, Pleiades Gallery, NY.
“68th Annual Juried Exhibition”, Hudson River Museum, NY.
“Holiday Show,” Air Gallery, NY.
“Planetery Congress/ Center for Peace”, Curator: Jeff Bergen(ACA Galleries, NY), Toronto.
“Alien,” Invitational, Sponsor: Omni Magazine, at the Planetarium, NY.
1982 “New York Visionaries”, Invitational, Graham Gallery, NY.
“Space Artistry,” Invitational, Sponsor: Omni Magazine, Marshall Fields Gallery, Chicago.
“World within Worlds,” invitational, Illuminarium Gallery, San Francisco, California.
“Fabian Gallery”, New York.
“Quantum Gallery”, New York.
1976 “Surreal Fantasy,” Hansen Gallery, New York.
“Women’s Museum Group” Cork Gallery, Lincoln Center, NY.
“Cornell University/ Alumini Tour”, Artist’s Open Studio, New York.
“Dworken Gallery” Visionary Art, NY.
“Der Akt in der Fantastichen Kunst” Austria.
Phantastiche Museum, Vienna