Filipino-American painter Lolita Valderrama-Savage is showcasing her drawings and oil paintings of the Tuscany countryside in a solo exhibit in Florence, Italy.
The award-winning international artist opened her exhibit “In Cerca Dei Sogni — In Search of Dreams” on October 1, hosted by the Consiglio Regionale della Toscana (Regional Council of Tuscany) in its headquarters at Palazzo Bastogi, Via Cavour 18, Firenze, Italy.
Valderrama-Savage was awarded with the distinguished Premio Lorenzo Il Magnifico by the Academia Internazionale Medicea (The International Medici Academy) in Florence, Italy in 2017.
The Fil-Am artist also holds the distinction of being the first Filipina to hold a solo exhibit at the Casa di Dante (family home to Divine comedy author, Dante Alighieri) in Florence.
Lolita Valderrama Savage is also the recipient of the presidential Pamana ng Pilipino award for her cultural and artistic accomplishments overseas.
The Philippine-born artist studied at the University of Sto. Tomas (UST) in Manila and completed her art education in Florence at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze (home to the famous statue of “David” by Michelangelo).
Throughout her career Lolita Valderrama Savage participated in several prestigious exhibitions and art events across Europe, Asia and the United States including at the UNESCO in Paris, at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in Paris, and at the “Art for Peace” auction at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
Lolita Valderrama Savage’s latest exhibit is described as a selection of artworks “that draw the viewer into the artist’s journey and affection for Tuscany’s beautiful countryside.”
The drawings and oil paintings feature sunsets, landscapes, glimpses of plants and country villas depicted on paper or canvas.
Lolita’s artistic journey is like “an unrolling ribbon, where the feelings coming from the surroundings appear; let us look at them and discover our land: Lolita goes on excursions in the countryside, fascinated by Tuscan landscape and culture, she explores the territory and notes down her feelings during her strolling. We like playing with these memories, comparing the way she wanders and examines nature from real life – drawing courtyards of suburban villas, rustic cloisters in ruins, small country roads – to the way the Macchiaioli (Signorini, Lega, Abbati…) depicted countryside spots and landscape glimpses,” said exhibition curator Francesca Bertini in a media release sent to Good News Pilipinas.
The exhibit is being staged in cooperation with The Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze (Lolita’s former school); The State of Connecticut, USA; The City of Stamford, CT, USA; the Consulate General of the United States in Florence, Italy; the Honorary General Consulate of the Philippines in Florence, Italy and the American International League of Florence, Onlus.
CATCH “In cerca dei sogni – In search of dreams”, Lolita Valderrama Savage’s solo exhibit at Palazzo Bastogi, via Cavour 18, Firenze, Italy until October 17, 2019. Open Mondays to Fridays, from 10 to 12 am and 3 to 7 pm.
Filipino American artists have excelled in various fields such American Prize-winning composer Nilo Alcala, American Protege awardee violinist Ruth Livioco Tumpalan, and Helen Hayes Best Actress Regina Aquino.
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