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As a child I grew up in Aotearoa, New Zealand, where I made constructions from wooden blocks and Meccano, played in the mud and sat in trees. As a teenager I was taken to England where I somehow ended up on a fine art course at Middlesex Polytechnic. In 2003 I came to Spain drawn by Spanish artists and flamenco guitar. I explore my creativity and my relationship to this world through paint, photography, writing, music, talking with people, closing my eyes and smelling and listening … dance, reading, dreaming.
His paintings have been exhibited in Wellington, Paris, Barcelona, Madrid, Zaragoza, Oporto, London, and his painting "La Sundari" was exhibited in the Saatchi Gallery in London. See website for more info: charlesolsen.es
His short film "The dance of the brushes" awarded 2nd prize in the I Festival Flamenco de Cortometrajes in Madrid, 2010, and was presented in the Nîmes Flamenco Festival in January and the Ciclo Flamenco y Cine of the Andaluz Centre of Flamenco in Seville and Jerez, 2011, and in festivals in Colombia and Venezuela in 2013.
Charles has published two collection of poetry in bilingual editions, Sr Citizen (Ediciones Amargord, 2011) and Antípodas (Huerga y Fierro, 2016), and has translated the book Sleepwalking City – Stories from the streets of Madrid by the Colombian writer Lilián Pallares into English.
In 2011 he performed in the New Zealand Pavilion of the Venice Biennale in a poetry recital "Agita Flamenco" with Colombian poet Lilián Pallares and flamenco pianist Pablo Rubén Maldonado from Granada, Spain.
Since October 2011 he runs an online poetry project in Spanish called Palabras Prestadas.
Alongside the poet Lilián Pallares he runs Antena Blue – The observed word – specializing in booktrailers and film poetry.