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Foot Soldier

  Thanks to @isabelnyc for letting me use her photo as my background in a gallery space to portray my painting as if it was in real life.

Thanks to @isabelnyc for letting me use her photo as my background in a gallery space to portray my painting as if it was in real life.

Inspired by the struggle of my little cousin name Elly. He came to New York (when he was 17y/o) 3 years ago and was telling me about his life in Dingle a third Class municipality province in Ilo-Ilo City, Philippines where he worked as a farmer growing and harvesting rice crops after his class while attending high school to support himself and his family. Sometimes when money is short, he would only eat rice topped with soy sauce for lunch and dinner.

Elly works at a dry cleaning shop in Manhattan these days and once in a while sends money to support his family in the Philippines and doesn't deal with crops and farm anymore like he used to (LOL!). Although he still likes to eat white rice topped with soy sauce sometimes, there is now a side of chicken to go along with his main course and not to mention a freshly squeezed orange juice haha. ⠀

 "Foot Soldier"  2013 Acrylic, photo paper in canvas paper 

"Foot Soldier"  2013 Acrylic, photo paper in canvas paper 

This kid has come a long way for sure. Just like any teenager Elly likes to skate, watch anime films in YouTube, and likes to draw cartoon characters in his spare time. He plans to take graphic design in college this year.

I took this photograph with my iPhone (back in 2013) one evening while he was sleeping face down in our couch. I thought of printing it and incorporating it with my painting because it was so raw and can only imagine what he went through as a kid.

This ones for you Elly. Thanks for your story and for the inspiration. 🖖🏽👽 #aream #ArtRulesEvrythingAroundMe #weirdkings #ProtectYourDreamFoundation