A native of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Olga de Klein has lived in the Chattanooga area since 1987. Previous places she has called “home” include Mexico City, Acapulco, and Cancun, as well as Cali, Colombia, and Willemstad, Curacao. Creativity always has been part of her life. While initially her paintings were focused on portraits in oil, she has morphed into abstraction and textiles, with an unmistakable vivid color palette, which she attributes to her years of living in Mexico and South America.
Her work has been exhibited locally at Chattanooga State (1994-2006), the 2005 and 2006 “Splash of Paint” shows, and the United Way building (2006, 2007, 2008). From December 2007 through January 2008 her paintings were on display at the Creative Arts Center in Dalton, while her exhibits included North River Center, as well as Studio II.
In 2011 she participated in the 10 x 10 creative works showcase, where she “yarn-bombed” the trees in front of the Tennessee Aquarium. In February of 2013 she created a life size trolley, as part of the “Better Block on Glass Street” event. This knitted public art measured 32 ft long by 15 ft. high.
In addition to painting, she also works with old family photos, her own photography, and mixed media. “I explore, experiment, and constantly challenge myself.”
Ms. de Klein received her BFA (Painting and Drawing) from UTC. She lives in Highland Park with her faithful companion Saskia, a six year old rescue boxer.