I’ve always imagined the stories of the people I see every day. I wonder if they had a good day, what their dreams are, if they’re lonely, if they have anyone they love. I spend a lot of my days on the road, and though I am almost always surrounded by chaos, I’ve come to realize than even in the mess there can be beauty.
After more than a year, Kalsada, my second art exhibit, is finally open for viewing to the public (for FREE) at the Provenance Art Gallery in Shangri-La at the Fort until November 5. The paintings in this exhibit are actually a collaboration between me and my three-year-old nephew Kaeden.
The subjects are based on people I’ve seen on the streets, but even if their surroundings and expressions are quite sad, the paintings are still so colorful.
It was actually Kaeden who used so much color, and it kind of makes you understand how children naturally see things through the lens of positivity. And that’s why I did this with him—so our people’s stories can be brought to life in a much brighter light.
Sometimes the world looks so bleak and as adults we often forget the days when we saw the world in full color. Through the eyes of a child, you will only see beauty. And so through Kalsada, I wish for people to experience the streets the way a child would—running in and out of alleys, hearing the calls of the taho vendor, laughing to our kapitbahay’s stories, gazing at the sky, and always dreaming of a better tomorrow… even as we live in this beautiful mess we call home.
20% of the sales from the paintings in Kalsada will go to Kalipay Foundation, a foundation that supports street kids. You can see more photos of the people I painted, plus the whole painting process in the gallery below. 🙂