Fernando Amorsolo -
Fernando Amorsolo painted and sketched
more than ten thousand pieces over his lifetime using natural and
backlighting techniques. His most known works are of the dalagang
Filipina, landscapes of his Philippino homeland, portraits and WWII war
Born in Calle Herran in Paco, Manila, on May 20, 1892, Fernando Amorsolo
began drawing and sketching as a young boy. The family lived in Daet
until the death of his father. At that time his mother moved the family
to the home of her cousin, artist Don Fabian dela Rosa in Manila.
Amorsolo was 13 years old at the time and in order to help provide for
his family, he sold his drawings and began to study art under dela
In 1909, he began studies at the Liceo de
Manila and graduated from the University of the Philippines in 1914.
After designing the logo for Ginebra San Miguel, Amorsolo received a
grant to attend the Academia de San Fernando in Madrid from businessman
Enrique Zobel de Ayala in 1916. A major influence in his painting style
during this period was painter Diego Velasquez.
"Along the Mountain Trail,
Oil on board, 14 x 16 inches
Fernando Amorsolo used family members as subjects for many of his
sketches and paintings. When WWII broke out, Amorsolo continued to
paint from his home in Manila. Instead of painting landscapes with
bright sun filled skies, he did works that portrayed the human suffering
and wartime scenes along with self portraits and the Japanese occupation
soldiers of the time. Many of these paintings were exhibited in the
Malacanang presidential palace in 1948.
Following the war he returned to painting landscape scenes of the
countryside and portraits. He painted oil portraits of all of the
Philippine presidents, revolutionary leader General Emilio Aguinaldo,
and General Douglas MacArthur.
Due to the popularity of his works he cataloged them and developed a
technique to paint them quicker to meet the demand.
Throughout his life Fernando Amorsolo
worked as an instructor, a draftsman for the Public Works, chief artist
for the Pacific Commercial Company, illustrator for children's books and
magazines, and served as Director at the School of Fine Arts before he
retired in the early 1950s.
In the twilight
years of his life, Amorsolo continued painting through
declining health. He was married twice and had 13 children before a
heart attack eventually took his life on April 24, 1972.
Fernando C. Amorsolo Art Foundation 39 Cordillera St. Quezon City,
Lopez Memorial Museum - article "Remembering Papa" by Sylvia Amorsolo
Cultural heritage - www.globalpinoy.com
Encyclopedia of World Biography. Thomson Gale, 2004. -
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