Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Stamp of a Genius...Hamzah Marbella

A 6 years old child prodigy designed this stamp. His name is Hamzah Marbella, the youngest member of the Art Association of the Philippines (entered at 5 years old). He has also been widely recognized by his peer adult artists and local art dealers as a most prolific child prodigy in visual arts.

With the theme "Mailbox of the Future", he designed a postage stamp which expressed how the mailbox, which represent the postal business, together with stamps and letters, will look like in the future. In 2008, he won first prize in the a postage stamp design competition in South Korea and got himself P50,000 as prize, aside from the honor and prestige.

Hamzah has also produced some 300 outstanding artworks and have been awarded with more than 100 top prizes, honors and citations and accolades since he started painting at age two. He is now nine years old.

Some of his notable awards include- Outstanding Artist Award (Ani ng Sining) from the National Commission for Culture and Arts (2009), Grand Prize, Colors of Art Competition, Certificate of Recognition at the UN International Children's Art Competition, Award of Excellence, International Stamp Design Competition (2008). He is also an honor student and consistent scholar in his school in Cavite.

Presently his art is presently exhibited at the Galerie Joaquin at the Podium.