María Olga Piria de Jaureguay (28 April 1927 – 30 July 2015) was a Uruguayan artist, pianist and goldsmith, who was a pupil of Joaquín Torres García.

María Olga Piria de Jaureguay
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Born28 April 1927
Died30 July 2015(2015-07-30) (aged 88)
OccupationArtist, goldsmith, pianist


Piria was born in Montevideo on 28 April 1927. From 1941 to 1943 she studied at the Círculo de Bellas Artes.[1] From 1944 to 1949 she was taught by Joaquín Torres García and his son in their communal studio.[2] At the same time she studied music and taught at the Montevideo Conservatiore.[3] In 1957 she began to design pieces which were made by her husband Carlos Jaureguay. Piria had taught herself how to design and make jewellery, specialising in decorative goldwork.[2] From 1960 she focussed on her work as a jeweller, to the exclusion of painting, which she returned to in 1976.[3]

During her lifetime she exhibited in over 150 exhibitions, including at the Museum of Modern Art of Latin America,[4] alongside Jaime Nowinski and Glauco Cappozzoli,[5] at the Cultural Department of Bank of America, and in many other national and international settings.[1] Her works are held in both public and private collections,[6] including: National Museum of Visual Arts,[7] as part of the collection formed at the Mexico Olympics,[3] in the Engelman-Ost Collection in Uruguay,[8] amongst others. She died on 30 July 2015 in Montevideo, at the age of 88.[1]



  1. ^ a b c "Piria, María Olga". Archived from the original on 25 June 2021.
  2. ^ a b "La alumna que aprobo Torres Garcia". Archived from the original on 25 June 2021.
  3. ^ a b c User, Super. "Arte Activo – Artistas Visuales de Uruguay – Piria, Olga". Arte Activo – Artistas Visuales de Uruguay (in European Spanish). Retrieved 25 June 2021. {{cite web}}: |last= has generic name (help)
  4. ^ States, Organization of American (1997). Contemporary Latin American Artists: Exhibitions at the Organization of American States 1941–1964. Scarecrow Press. ISBN 978-0-8108-3281-7.
  5. ^ Boletín de artes visuales (in Spanish). Secretaría General de la Organización de los Estados Americanos. 1963.
  6. ^ "María Olga Piria". Latin American Art. Retrieved 25 June 2021.
  7. ^ "Museo Nacional de Artes Visuales". (in Spanish). Retrieved 25 June 2021.
  8. ^ Porley, Carolina (11 June 2018). "Un mástil para el arte contemporáneo: La colección Engelman Ost en el campo artístico local". Cuadernos del Claeh (in Spanish). 37 (107): 87–110. doi:10.29192/CLAEH.37.4. ISSN 2393-5979.