Olga Sinclair

Olga Sinclair, a woman, a mother, a Panamanian visual artist.

Born in Panama City, Republic of Panama in 1957. She started her artistic career under the tutelage of her father, the Maestro Alfredo Sinclair. At the early age of 14 she participated in a collective exhibit along with renowned Panamanian artists. In 1976, she began her studies at the School of Applied Arts and Works in Madrid, Spain, followed by a three-year training in classical drawing at Arjona Studios. She then moved to Amsterdam to study the great Dutch masters of the XVIII Century.

Olga returned to Panama and enrolled at the Santa Maria la Antigua University, obtaining a degree in Interior Design in 1984. A year later, she travelled to London to resume her studies, she also worked, presented an exhibition, and had her first encounter with Francis Bacon’s works at the Tate Gallery.

In 1987, she moved to Bolivia as the Cultural Attaché of the Panamanian Embassy. She then lived in Jakarta, Indonesia, for 5 years during which her two daughters, Natasha and Suzanna, were born.

After almost forty years of expressing herself as an artist, and with a deep desire to share human values with children, to awaken their five senses and bring them closer to art in all its expressions, in August 2010, the Olga Sinclair Foundation (FOS for its acronym in Spanish) is born. This non-profit organization aims to encourage the artistic expression, culture and talent of our youth, promoting sociocultural and racial union through the love for art; thus achieving an integral development of human beings in a space of harmony, sensitivity and respect.

Throughout her career, Olga has received various awards, tributes, and national and international recognitions for her artistic and social work. She is a member of a variety of foundations and national councils for the Panamanian society and the environment, and she is the country’s Cultural Ambassador.

Her artwork has toured several continents including America, Asia and Europe, in more than 40 solo and 200 collective exhibitions.