'Artwork by the sidewalk': Ilonggo painter's life changes after going viral
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‘Artwork by the sidewalk’: Ilonggo painter’s life changes after going viral

A viral post has enabled many benevolent people to reach out to local artist Larry Casinao ILOILO CITY, Philippines – A lot has changed for 52-year-old artist Larry Casinao since he first displayed his artwork on the sidewalk of Jaro, Iloilo. Casinao has made a living from selling his art for 25 years now, struggling to make ends meet given the twice-weekly dialysis sessions needed by his wife. In late June 2019, Casinao went viral as the lolo artist (grandfather artist) after photos of him painting and displaying his artwork along a corner street near Jaro Plaza – a major thoroughfare in the city – were shared on social media by Ilonggo student Sal Molinos. “While [I was on] my way home, I saw this lolo who was busy painting, with a lot of other paintings displayed along the sidewalk. It’s sad to see a local artist not having a proper venue to showcase his art and talent,” shared Molinos on his original entry, dated June 23. As of writing, the Facebook post has gained at least 2,400 shares and 3,100 reactions. “I hope he gets the recognition he deserves because he puts so much passion into his work,” […]

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