Wednesday, July 6

Photographer Ouka Leele dies at 64

The artist and photographer Ouka Leele passed away on Tuesday, a month before his 65th sources from the artist’s family have informed Efe.

Ouka Leele or the leap into the void of an artist who does not want to repeat herself

Know more

Bárbara Allende Gil de Biedma, known as Ouka Lele, who suffered from an illness, died in a Madrid hospital this afternoon, and her remains will be transferred to the San Isidro Funeral Home. National Photography Award 2005 and Silver Medal from the Community of Madrid, among many other awards. The artist was awarded this year with the Madrid Medal awarded by the City Council of the capital, whose delivery she was unable to attend on the 15th.

Since the end of the 1970s, he has exhibited in many countries and has works in institutions such as the Reina Sofía Museum, the La Caixa Foundation or the ARCO Collection. “Photography can still tire me and with painting it never happens to me, it is always something new, since you start from something that does not exist. From a canvas that has nothing and in which everything arises from interior worlds, which for me is the world of ideas that Plato said”, the artist affirmed in an interview for in 2018.

In that same interview, Leele also reflected on censorship: “I think everyone should have the right to express themselves,” he said, although he stressed that it could be justified “when something very harmful is promoted”: “Violence also seems horrible to me and nobody censors that, bodies are censored above all”, he criticized then.

At the age of 22, she overcame cancer that meant a before and after for her: “Everyone knows that death is there, but at that age you don’t think about it. Suddenly it is put like a mirror in front of your face is a scare, and that also transforms you.

Passionate about color, she became known for her colored photos in the early eighties and became a benchmark and a prominent member of the Movida Madrileña. In another interview with Cordópolis In 2018, she said that as a child her dream was to “invent colors” and that when she grew older she realized that “she was looking to change the colors of reality, that the thing was to invent”. In that same meeting she spoke about her evolution as an artist. As soon as she went from being Bárbara Allende to being Ouka Leele, she said, she realized that she “wanted to be sincere, true, free and not be a slave to what she was creating.”