Olivia Peguero

Olivia Peguero (born 1961) is a Dominican contemporary landscape and botanical artist.[1][2]

Olivia Peguero
Artista Olivia Peguero.jpg
NationalityDominican Republic; United States
Known forPainting, sculpture

Painting most of the year in the Dominican Republic and Florida, she is known for producing all of her studies and the majority of her finished pieces en plein air. Unlike many other Dominican artists,[citation needed] her works are created in oil using a more traditional European style, many times depicting life as birth, existence and death within her flowers. Two common themes present in Peguero art are the conservation of old growth Dominican forests and pride in Dominican heritage.

In 2007, Peguero enlisted the help of a few important collectors and corporate sponsors to form the Peguero Arte Libros Foundation and the Art Books for Education Program. A large percentage of the proceeds from the sale of her art are donated to the foundation.[3]

Early life and early educationEdit

Peguero was born in Las Salinas, Barahona Province, and grew up in the small towns of Miches, El Seibo Province, on the east coast, and Las Salinas, Barahona Province, in the southwest. She attended the Mahatma Gandhi secondary school in Santo Domingo and after graduation, moved to New York City, New York, to join her parents who had immigrated a few years prior.

Although she was mostly isolated from the arts as a child, she was strongly influenced by the Dutch Masters style and it seemed only natural that the same style be applied in a lush, Caribbean environment. Today, many people associate Peguero art as only tropical or island oriented, but much of her work and training focused on mastering traditional architectural, botanical and landscape methods with her early paintings often being completed in and around the Lake District in England.

Olivia Peguero painting (2006) En plein air in Miches, Dominican Republic
Dominican Republic Artist Olivia Peguero painting in the Hamlet of Stonethwaite, Lake District National Park, England 2014

Training and university educationEdit

Peguero attended university in New York and Florida and continued to refine her style during the course of her training. She completed a bachelor's degree of fine art studio painting from Florida Atlantic University, Florida; a bachelor's degree in management information systems from Mercy College, New York; and a master's degree in business administration from Nova Southeastern University, Florida.

Peguero Arte Libros FoundationEdit

Peguero is the founder of the Peguero Arte Libros Foundations[4] and the Art Books for Education Project that focuses on art education for young Dominican children in rural areas.[5] In 2007, the case was presented that even today, many Dominican children in rural areas are not exposed to and do not have the opportunity to learn fine arts such as painting, sculpture, poetry and story writing. And for a country so rich in the music and dance arts to not have an emphasis in these areas was a loss for every child. One of the programs currently under implementation by the foundation is to supply rural schools with a set of Spanish language art books that cover painting, sculpture, poetry and story writing. These would then be given to the school for their library and as some schools do not have a library, it would be the start of a long-term collection to benefit all students.[6] In early 2013, the Peguero Foundation started a second major program called "Education for Rural Children". It focuses on keeping young children from rural farm areas in school and out of the fields. The initiation of the program included onsite visits and partnerships with agricultural businesses that work directly with rural families and a push to help ensure those families understand the value of their children's education.[7]

Art and the preservation of the Dominican RainforestEdit

The Mariposa Cocoa Preserve is a private preservation initiative owned and run by the Peguero family that combines sustainable organic cocoa farming practices and forest management with the protection of wildlife and nature. Located just west of Miches, the preserve is only accessible via footpath and horseback. The countryside within the preserve was a primary landscape subject in many of the earliest Peguero paintings. Tours of the Mariposa Cocoa Preserve are by invitation only with an annual artist expedition.[8]

Two eco-political works on loan to the Art in Embassies ProgramEdit

In 2019 two major Peguero art works were loaned to the United States Department of State, Art in Embassies Program to be displayed in the Chisinau, Moldova exhibition.[9][10] The first painting, “The Emerald Hills of Quisqueya” (2003) was produced with symbolism intended to cast a light onto the social and environmental issues [11] she was seeing while working in the Dominican Republic countryside. The second work “The Cow on the Beach” (2017) was created in order to document the landscapes surrounding Miches prior to new tourist development and the effects of climate change.[12]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Janette. "Olivia Peguero Dominican Artist". Colonial Zone-DR. Retrieved April 27, 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Pimentel, Manuel. "Olivia Peguero Dominican Artist". That's Dominican. Retrieved April 27, 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Olivia Peguero Dominican Artist". www.DominicanaOnline.org. Retrieved April 27, 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Ivette, Romero (2011-11-16). "Art Exhibition: The Costa Esmeralda Collection". Repeating Islands. Retrieved 2020-03-31.
  5. ^ Springer, Basil. "Olivia Peguero Award". Caribseek News. Retrieved April 27, 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Caribbean Artist Olivia Peguero Receives Achievement Award in Mumbai, India for Peguero Arte Libros Foundation". Caribbean Entertainment Magazine. Retrieved April 27, 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ Peguero Foundation Inc. "Peguero Foundation visits the Conacado Cacao Processing facility in El Seibo". Peguero Foundation Inc. Retrieved August 7, 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ Pineda, Jorge. "Dominican art of Miches and surrounding rain forest to go on world tour". Dominican Today. Retrieved April 27, 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "Art in Embassies Program". US Department of State - Art In Embassies Program (AIEP). Retrieved May 25, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ "Art in Embassies Program – Olivia Peguro". US Department of State - Art In Embassies Program (AIEP). Retrieved May 25, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ "Inequality is the biggest obstacle". Social Watch. Retrieved May 25, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ ""Building climate and disaster risk reduction resilience in Dominican Republic's coastal-mountainous gradient via Ecosystem-based Adaptation" (PDF). Global Climate Change Alliance Plus. Retrieved May 25, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  • Mateo, Armando "Arte Dominicano Actual: Arte de Miches: Peguero Mostrar"
  • Marion Allexia, "Latin Arts America: Women in Art: New York. Issue May, 2001"
  • Dominican Today Periódico "Art of Miches to go on benefit tour for the Peguero Arte Libros Foundation. 2011", [1]
  • Dominican Today Dominican Republic Periódico "Dominican artist receives achievement award in India 2012", [2]

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