Disappearing Takatak Boys
Artist: Rey Dulay
Size: 20in x 24in
Medium: Acrylic on canvas
Story behind the artwork:
“Takatak Boys” or street cigarette vendors are a common sighting in the busy street of Manila. Due to the hardship of life, they are selling cigarettes on busy street despite the danger of being hit by a moving vehicle. They are also being exposed to health and environment hazard during hot and rainy season. They are willing to face all the dangers just to survive their families from hunger.
However, because of the government strict restriction on cigarette, they lost their income and resorted to other potential income such as collecting garbage or “kalakal”.
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About the Artist
A self-taught artist who came from a family of visual artists. His art career began during his teenage years when he started joining various art exhibitions with his family.
His art mostly depicts the lives of Filipino people and culture. With his versatility in the most medium of art, he can effectively express his ideals and beliefs in his artworks.
Rey also involved himself in organizing of art organizations and art projects and has launched a series of community art workshops in Paranaque and other parts of Metro Manila to help in developing the talent in arts of community youth and art enthusiasts.
In 1990, because of his passion in art and his dedication of promoting art awareness and education to the youth, he was hired by a gallery located in Las Pinas to provide art education to art enthusiasts.
Rey is also an OFW who worked as an artist / designer in the middle east where most of his company’s clients are palaces and government projects.
In 2019, he co-founded Rights Action Philippines, Inc which aims at promoting awareness and education to the consumers. He organized the HYBRID ART EXHIBIT thru Rights Action Philippines because he believes to the important role of the artist to their society. The advocacy of consumerism can be effectively expressed through art.