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The People Who Inspired #Kalsada

4 weeks ago by Solenn

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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 🙂

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