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Fernando Amorsolo’s masterpieces brought to life as Lego artworks

Fernando Amorsolo classics come alive as Lego artworks
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The “Project Amorsolo” exhibition, which goes from August 9 to August 14 at the Grand Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza in Mandaluyong City, turns three of Fernando Amorsolo’s masterpieces into works of brick mosaic art.

In three of Amorsolo’s well-known classics during the pandemic, members of the Pinoy Lego Users Group (PinoyLUG) reenacted the scenes. The Fernando C. Amorsolo Art Foundation, Inc. and PinoyLUG, a group of Lego builders and enthusiasts, collaborated on the project.

Bayanihan
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With its representation of the Filipino culture of helping one another, “Bayanihan” (1959), an iconic oil painting on canvas by the “Old Man of Philippine Art,” is a cultural icon. A person wearing a Salakot (straw hat).


Guides the people to the new location of the nipa hut as they are seen in this picture lifting a Bahay Kubo. Amorsolo’s love of light and the profusion of similar hues it creates. Which frequently have a dramatic effect on his subjects, are highlighted in this wonderful image of Bayanihan.


The family of the late former President Diosdado Macapagal, a bar topnotcher graduate from the UST Faculty of Civil Law in 1933, entrusted “Bayanihan” to the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Museum.

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Dalagang Bukid
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Another painting that shows a group of subjects participating in an activity is “Early Traders” (1959). This time, it shows locals interacting with Western businessmen in what literature has described as a bartering transaction.

Early Traders
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One of Amorsolo’s portraits is “Dalagang Bukid” (1937). This unique image of the person who is smiling and wearing Filipiniana while carrying a clay jar(Banga) makes it simple to recognize the great artist. In addition to painting landscapes, Amorsolo also loved painting portraits, many of which were made on commission.

These masterpieces of Fernando Amorsolo were chosen by PinoyLUG for conversion into brick mosaic artwork. Because they have themes that support the company’s goal of fostering collaborative building and sharing in communities.

The 50th anniversary of Amorsolo’s recognition as the nation’s first National Artist makes “Project Amorsolo” a coinciding project as well.

Four days after his death from heart failure on April 24, 1972. At the age of 79, he received the title on April 28, 1972.

Mall goers can participate in the Lego Free Play & Activity in addition to watching the Amorsolo brick mosaic art exhibit. Anyone may participate and create their own Lego masterpiece during the exhibition term as it is held in cooperation with ToysRUs.

The Fernando C. Amorsolo Art Foundation, Inc. is also hosting a Painting for Kids Workshop on August 13, starting at 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The registration cost of P800 includes all materials for the arts. On August 14, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The same foundation will also offer the Sketching for Adults Workshop with a P500 registration fee that includes art materials.

Send an email to bayanihanartworkshop@gmail.com if you’re interested in participating.

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Written by Kharl Anthony Calleno

Social Good Advocate | Foodie | EDITOR
📍Cebu, Philippines
 
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