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Artist Playfully Reimagines Classic Art Paintings as LEGO People

frida kahlo LEGO art painting stefano bolcato

Stefano Bolcato. Inspired by Frida Kahlo’s Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird, 1940.

You’ve seen LEGO minifigurines, those yellow humans that inhabit every imaginable LEGO universe. But what would happen if they magically appeared in some of the world’s most famous paintings? Italian artist Stefano Bolcato fulfills this fantasy with his clever series People.

These oil on canvas works are populated by little LEGO friends taking over iconic artwork. From Renaissance masters to Pop Art geniuses, Bolcato has it all covered. For instance, Frida Kahlo’s iconic Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird is cleverly twisted on its head in the Italian artist’s rendition. The minifig’s mournful eyes match Kahlo’s haunting gaze, not to mention her iconic eyebrows.

It’s not Bolcato’s first go at LEGO art. He’s known for his paintings using LEGO people; it’s a practice he started due to his childhood love of this classic toy. “LEGO were always my favorite toy as a child. The fascination is a holdover from my childhood that I brought into adulthood,” Bolcato shares. “One day I thought about how the figures could become characters, and that they would have the ideal features to take on a story and tell it effectively.”

Andy Warhol LEGO art painting stefano bolcato

Stefano Bolcato. Inspired by Andy Warhol’s Four Marilyns, 1964.

Mixing classic and contemporary, both in technique and theme, Bolcato was invited by the Archeological Museum of Salerno in Italy to create a series of works that would engage their younger visitors. The proposal was the beginning of People, his LEGO art exhibition running at the museum through January 22, 2016.

With his work, young and old can enjoy a new twist on old classics. And perhaps go back home and enjoy some classic LEGO.

Check out more LEGO art inspired by famous artwork.

Leonardo LEGO art painting stefano bolcato

Stefano Bolcato. Inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s Portrait of an Unknown Woman (La Belle Ferroniere), 1490.

LEGO art painting stefano bolcato botticelli dante

Stefano Bolcato. Inspired by Sandro Botticelli’s Portrait of Dante, c. 1495.

Piero della Francesca LEGO art painting stefano bolcato

Stefano Bolcato. Inspired by Piero della Francesca’s Portrait of the Duke of Urbino, c. 1465.

Piero della Francesca LEGO art painting stefano bolcato

Stefano Bolcato. Inspired by Piero della Francesca’s Portrait of the Duchess of Urbino, c. 1465.

Pollaiolo LEGO art painting stefano bolcato

Stefano Bolcato. Inspired by Pollaiolo’s Portrait of a Young Woman, c. 1470.

Stefano Bolcato: Website | Instagram 

My Modern Met granted permission to use photos by Stefano Bolcato.

Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.

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