Can you remember your most memorable taxi experience? For netizen Gab Balinas, it happened very recently. See, as soon as she stepped into the taxi she hailed in Davao City, she knew she was in for an interesting ride, care of the taxi driver.
The interior of the taxi was decorated with hand-drawn portraits. For some reason, she found the drawings very familiar. It took her a while, but she finally remembered why: she has seen the portraits in a viral social media post before! She just couldn’t believe she is in the presence of the incredible taxi driver-cum-artist who has trended before!
As soon as she realized this, Gab felt honored — she greatly admired the taxi driver’s skill in art and dedication to his craft on top of driving passengers all day long.
Of course, Gab didn’t pass up on the opportunity to engage the driver in conversation. She started by commenting on the artwork displayed in the taxi. From there, she was able to learn the taxi driver’s story, which she was able to share with When in Manila:
“Kuya Rolando is a self-taught artist, needing only a photo for reference. I’m not sure how long it takes, but that can’t possibly be done in a single day even if you had all the time to work on a single portrait.”
Apparently, he used to live the full-time artist life, until it became unsustainable. What’s impressive, though, is that he never gave up on his art even though he had to drive a taxi to earn a living.
For this, netizens are impressed and are therefore more than willing to share Kuya Rolando’s “sideline” to help him gain more commissions:
“He prices the small portraits for 500 pesos and the big ones for 700 pesos – a sinfully low price for this kind of quality, which he even supplies its frame for free,” Gab shared.
Interested in Kuya Rolando’s art? You may commission him for a portrait by reaching him here:
What do you think of Kuya Rolando? Would you be willing to pay for his art? Let us know in the comments section below!