Growing up around the designer Andrée Putman, her mother, and art editor and collector Jacques Putman, her father, Olivia Putman lives in exceptional freedom during her youth. Soon she discovers Parisian nightlife, gets to meet Yves Saint Laurent and Andy Warhol, and constantly seeks to live in her own way. She starts studying History of Art and develops a passion for Chinese landscapes, the Renaissance, Modern Art…
In 1987, she’s involved in the “Usines éphémères” project: a french association that rehabilitates old buildings and transforms them into workshops for artists. There, Olivia Putman meets numerous artists and organizes several exhibitions.
As the 1980’s, that decade of blended genres and unexpected encounters, come to an end, Olivia Putman becomes passionate about Land Art and the work of Richard Long.
« From early childhood, I did my best to be an independent person. This is the first thing I learned. »