Olga Stamatiou was born in New York City and began painting in 1967. This relatively late start to her artistic career followed the discovery of painting as a vehicle for cathartic personal expression. At the age of eighteen, she lived with relatives in Athens, Greece. It was there in the heady, intellectually charged, and artistically-vibrant atmosphere of the mid-1960’s that she began her formal artistic education. She was studying with the painter Ilias Dekoulakos. She remained in Greece until 1976, when she returned to the United States and embarked on further studies at Boston University’s School of Fine Arts, where she received her BFA and MFA degree in painting. She also completed a graduate program in Art Therapy at the Metropolitan College of Boston University. She lived in America for the next 20 years, exhibiting and working in the United States. In 1997, she returned to Greece with her husband to live and paint once again. During that time, she had exhibitions in Athens, Greece, and Nice, France.
In 2008 back in the US, she and her husband started a nonprofit company called Seewall Child which built and installed interactive art-based installations free of charge in crisis centers for children and Children’s hospitals. They have won a 2007 Society in Arts in Healthcare Blair Sadler Award. It was said to be one of the most innovative arts projects demonstrating a compelling impact on the quality of the healthcare experience for patients, their families, and caregivers.
Due to the coronavirus, Seewall-Child had to close its doors for public safety for all.
Olga returned to Greece and continues to create paint and work with children.