Olivia Cano Graff
“When I was about seven or eight I always drew. My mother is a painter. My father’s a sculptor, so I was always surrounded by art,” contemporary artist Olivia Cano Graff told Hollywood on the Potomac at an exhibition hosted by Oved Sopher and Capri Cafaro at Darlington House in Washington, DC. “We spent our weekends going on trips to museums, different museums nearby or art galleries. Because that was so much in my life, I didn’t think to do that. I wasn’t like, ‘oh, I want to be an artist,’ it was just like that was my life. So at that time I actually wanted to be a singer and I would write music, but I also would paint.” Born of Spanish parents with a passion for the arts, she was raised with a deep appreciation and love for modern and sophisticated design. “I grew up mostly in Chicago, spending my summers in Madrid and spent the last 4 years in New York.”
Olivia’s work is decidedly “Neo-Pop” or “Post-Pop” infused with “Abstract Expressionism.” Her paintings allow for open-ended lines of query and interpretation. Believing that art has the capacity and in fact also the duty, to feed and elevate the soul, she always makes sure that the energy field produced by her work has the necessary qualities to create a positive and enriching effect. Her work has been exhibited in The Art Institute of Chicago as well as various exhibits in Manhattan, NY.