Olga Noronha

There are artists with unique and surprising sensitivity. Even so, Olga Noronha is one of a kind.

The complexity of her creations is impressive. With the anthological exhibition Body-Sculpture, formed by sculptural pieces, “Olga Noronha has reshaped and redesigned the body form — as they lie as old medieval armors, that, when empty, stayed in that motionless position as typical sculptural shapes — reinvesting us with an excessive presence”, wrote the critic Bernardo Pinto de Almeida in the exhibition’s catalog, of which he’s a curator.
2019 was, unquestionably, the year for Olga Noronha. She’s was born in Porto, in 1990. At 11 years old, she gave the first steps into contemporary jewelry by attending the school Engenho & Arte, in Porto, and, then, went to London after finishing high school. In 2007, she began the Art & Design degree at Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design. Her work was considered the best of that year and was acquired by the university to include in their private collection.

After graduating in Jewelry Design, in 2011, she was accepted as investigator at the Center for Research in Territory, Architecture, and Design (CITAD). In the same year, Olga was invited to lecture at her university, Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, and became a speaker at Winthrop University (USA) and at ESAD (PT). In 2012, after finishing the Master of Research in Design at Goldsmiths College, University of London, the jewelry designer was offered a merit-based grant PhD scholarship — Design Star Consortium — for the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

With a PhD, nowadays, Olga Noronha is connected to several academic institutions, both national and international, as well as with the Museo del Gioiello Vicenza (Museum of Jewelry), in Italy, as curator of a part of it.

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