came to this country from Mexico at a very young age. Her artistic
abilities were nurtured by her father, who was also an artist.
She remembers watching him cut stencils as well as other designs
early on in her life. Because of his influence, she chose a path
in life as an artist. After graduating from Woodbury University
and Seguro de Mexico, she successfully dealt in many facets of
art. She did layout work for ad agencies, painted, sculpted and
ventured into design work. She even took up teaching for a time.
Nothing seemed to give her the kind of fulfillment in art she
was searching for until she rediscovered papel picado.
was on one of her trips to Mexico that she became fascinated
with papel picado, a dwindling art at the time. Olga found
it in the form of banners cut with scissors, knives and chisels.
It was the chiseled paper she was drawn to the most. It took
her back in time to a place that was familiar and comfortable.
It seemed to have all the elements of art that she had been
experiencing most of her life. Taking up the art form allowed
her to design original works based on traditional papel picado.
She has also used the colored paper to simulate a painting
by cutting and layering the different colors. She sculpts the
paper with chisels, knives and scissors as it had been done
for countless years in Mexico.Olga began exhibiting
and teaching her craft in the United States and Mexico and
then Europe. Her exhibits include her interpretation of the
different schools of paper cutting from Japan, China, Poland,
Holland, Germany and, most of all, from Mexico.Olga has been
featured in Los Angeles Times, Sunset Magazine, Rotterdam's
Nieuwsblad, the Evening Free Lance and many more. She has appeared
on television in various programs, like the Carol Duvall Show
on the Home & Garden
Television network. Her work has been used on the sets of
several film and television projects.
has received a number of awards
and certificates of achievements, including
the PTA Life Membership, Golden Apple Award and Lifetime
Achievement Awards from the Professional Artists in Schools
Association, the California Alliance for Arts Education,
the California Arts Council and the County of Los Angeles.
She has also received the Professional Artists in School
award from the California Department of Education.
she specializes in workshops for teachers, teacher's aides,
small private group lessons and may still be up for teaching
the skill to a few more kids, while she can. Olga also
offers private lessons to those who wish to study with her...
has five children, nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
She currently resides in Kailua - Kona, Hawaii with her husband
of more than 50 years, Robert C. Furginson, who is a retired
set decorator from the movie industry.