Updated: Sep 4
FILAM Artist Celebrates a ‘Life in Art through Nature’ in New International Exhibition Oct. 13 to Nov. 3 - Open to the Public, and Admission is Free
Lolita Valderrama-Savage, international highly acclaimed artist, has been one of Roots&Wings staunchest supporters from the very start. We have featured Lolita and her art in Roots&Wings a few times. We are very honored once again to inform about Lolita´s upcoming Exhibition.
We invite all Filipinos, expecially those who are already in Italy, or are in Italy during this period, to come, see, and enjoy this exciting Exhibition. When nature is your muse, the world is your palette". For decades, international artist Lolita Valderrama Savage has used this creative well to capture and convey the feeling of place and space that she experiences with every stop along her artistic journey.
More than 60 mixed media artworks, all created during Lolita’s more than 50-year artistic career, will be presented during a three-week exhibition from Oct. 13 to Nov. 3 at the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Italy.
The show, “The Journey…Life in Art through Nature,” will celebrate the sights and scenes the artist has captured of the many different countries where she has lived, worked, and visited, as well as honor the diversity of the people and cultures she has met along the way.
Valderrama-Savage’s art has served as a passport which has taken her from her birthplace in Manila, Philippines, to vibrant cities and serene countrysides across Europe. For many years, she also lived in New York City and, eventually, in Stamford, where she now makes her home. She and her husband, Frank Savage, also spend part of the year in the Tuscany region of Italy, where its people and landscapes often inspire the scenes found in her drawings and paintings.
While the show will highlight work created from Sweden to Stamford, Connecticut, and many other places, this exhibition is particularly focused on celebrating the “harmonious and peaceful coexistence of the different people who live, work, study, and visit the great city of Florence,” according to the artist.
“In the basic expressions and manifestations of its reality, nature awakens the simple and humble place of the human being in the expanse of the universe,” she states.
This exhibition, to be held at one of the most prestigious and historic museums in Florence, Italy, is being organized by the City of Florence in collaboration with the U.S. Consulate General in Florence, the Philippines Honorary General Consulate in Tuscany, and the Consular Corps of Florence. It is supported by diverse non-profit educational, cultural and artistic organizations both in Tuscany and USA. The opening reception will take place Oct. 12 at 6 p.m. in the grand courtyard of the Palazzo Vecchio. The show will be open and free to the public from Oct. 13 to Nov. 3.
Valderrama-Savage has long used her art as a way to encourage intercultural appreciation, foster appreciation for diversity, and promote culture and creativity.
“Making art has taken me to a new level because it has allowed me to help children, promote education, and bring people together to build friendship and cultural cooperation,” she states.“I think there is an urgent need for all the arts to unite to lift the spirit of humanity while the world still suffers from the aftermath of the pandemic and other calamities.”
Valderrama-Savage’s work has been showcased in many one-woman and group art shows all over the world. They stretch back to her earliest, in the 1970s, in venues such as the Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, Italy, and Galleri Origo in Stockholm, Sweden, to more recent exhibitions at the Stamford Museum and Nature Center, the Medici-Riccardi Museum and the Palazzo Bastogi in Florence, and the AYALA Museum in Manila, Philippines.
Her upcoming show in Italy will incorporate oil paintings, watercolors, and drawings.
About Lolita Valderrama Savage
Lolita Valderrama Savage was born in the Philippines and received her bachelor of fine arts from the Royal and Pontifical University of Santo Tomas, the oldest Catholic University in Asia. She then received a scholarship from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to study at the Accademia de Belle Arti in Florence where she received her Licenza in Pittura. Her first international group exhibition was at the Palazzo Strozzi in 1975. She also lived and exhibited in Sweden before moving to the United States in 1980.
She previously worked at the United Nations, and has continued her work in local and international organizations that offer support and education to young people and artists, as well as promote culture and the arts. She was trained to speak several languages, including English, Italian, Swedish, Spanish, French, and German. She is married to Frank Savage and is mother to Fredrik Antoine, Grace Erlinda, and Frank Alexander.
She attributes her artistic learning and discipline to her professors at UST Museum in Manila, as well as Professor Silvio Loffredo, at the Accademia in Firenze Italy. She also credits her mentor, the late Swedish artist Staffan Hallstrom.
Over the course of her career, Lolita has been honored with many awards and distinctions including:
Outstanding Women of America, 1987
A citation from the Connecticut for her work in the arts and community, 1997, 1999, 2012
A woman of influence (among 125 significant women in Stamford), 2011
Outstanding Thomasian Alumni Award in Visual Arts, 2012
Pamana ng Pilipino award by then Philippine President Benigno Aquino, Jr., 2014
Premio Europeo “Lorenzo il Magnifico” award by Accademia Internazionale Medicea at Palazzo Vecchio Sala Cinquecento, 2017
International exhibitor at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, 1999
Solo exhibition at the Casa Di Dante Alighieri in Florence (sponsored by the Commune Di Firenze and the Philippine Embassy in Rome, Italy), 2006
“Art for Peace” auction at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, 2006
Exhibition at Ayala Museum and the University of Santo Tomas Museum of Art and Science, Manila, Philippines, 2011
Major exhibition at the Palazzo Medici Riccardi Museum in Florence, Italy, 2013
Stamford Museum and Nature Center, Stamford, CT, 2016
Palazzo Bastogi in Florence, Italy 2019
She also served on boards and continues to be involved in nonprofit organizations including The Foundation for Filipino Artists, Inc., the Ma-Yi Theater Company (New York), the Namaskaar Foundation World on Stage, the Truglia Thumbelina Fund for Children of the Fairfield County Community Foundation (Connecticut), the American International League of Florence, ONLUS, L'Associazione Culturale Giovanni Papini di Firenze, the Societa delle Belle Arti, Circolo degli Artisti a Casa di Dante (Florence, Italy), the Tuscan American Association, Stamford Art Association, Project Music of Stamford, and Teatro Grattacielo (New York).
The Palazzo Vecchio
The Palazzo Vecchio, also named the Palazzo della Signoria, is the palace where the Medicis, an Italian family of great political and cultural influence during the 15th century, lived and ruled. It’s one of the most popular tourist destinations in Italy. It continues to be used as the center of the city government and is connected to the Uffizi gallery and the office of the Mayor of Florence, Dario Nardella.
“Infinite Gold” oil-on-canvas
Connecticut, USA 2021
(Source: This press release is provided by the artist, Lolita Valderama Savage)
The artist is available to answer any additional questions.