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Ermita Street artist turns plywood scraps into works of art

Art is a way of expressing our thoughts, emotions, and feelings. Since it has no limitations, artists continue to create such inexplicable masterpieces.  

Just like Dutch post-impressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh–who suffered from a psychiatric illness throughout his life–created “The Starry Night” that reflected his emotions and quest to overcome his depression. This could only mean that despite the difficulties in life, artists still manage to inspire people through their artworks.  

In a now-viral Facebook post, Kel Navarro posted a picture of Edgardo Lang with his works of art, on the facade of an abandoned building located at M.H Del Pilar corner Padre Faura Street, Ermita, Manila.

To my painter/visual artist friends or kahit hindi kayo artists or painters. Baka pwede tayong mag extend ng help or…

Kel Navarro 发布于 2019年2月5日周二

Tatay Edgardo proves that poverty can’t stop you from pursuing your passion.

Photo by: Nicole Ortega/InqPOP!

Three years ago, Tatay Edgardo used to be a parking attendant until he found some plywood scraps on the streets of Ermita—and turned them into painting canvases. A foreigner then approached him and asked if he could buy his artwork. That’s the time when he decided to sell his paintings and make it as his source of income. Depending on its size, his paintings cost around 100-300 pesos.

Photo by: Nicole Ortega/InqPOP!

Every day, Tatay Edgardo picks up pieces of plywood scraps that he sees on the streets. Most of his artworks are about God and His angels. Through his paintings, Tatay Edgardo is able to deliver a message about God’s unconditional love and guidance.

Aside from that, he also loves creating abstract paintings by just experimenting with lines, shapes, and colors. He also made an artwork that reflects his life as a street artist in Ermita—showing that even a homeless person can make his or her life more colorful.

Photo by: Nicole Ortega/InqPOP!
Photo by: Nicole Ortega/InqPOP!

It’s all a matter of perspective./TV

InqPOP! Creator Community/Nicole Ortega

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