Artist shares talent

Globe trotting artist Tote Gallardo shows the children of Dilkusha Girls Home how to finger paint in Nausori yesterday. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

Globe trotting artist Tote Gallardo shows the children of Dilkusha Girls Home how to finger paint in Nausori yesterday. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

STREET artist Tote Gallardo believes the best time to help someone is when you don’t have much.

Mr Gallardo arrived in Fiji from Peru a week ago and decided to share his talent with children from the Dilkusha Girls Home in Nausori.

He said he was homeless in his country but made a living by painting and selling his paintings to tourists and locals.

Yesterday more than 15 children took part in art lessons that involved painting without a paintbrush.

“I like to call myself an International homeless man because I don’t have a home in my own country, but I travel to all parts of the world sharing my talent with orphans, those in rehabilitation centres, the homeless and the needy,” Mr Gallardo said.

He said his travels had taken him to war-torn countries where people needed skills to earn a living.

“This is my life and I am passionate about it, so I teach people to paint using their fingers instead of a paintbrush.

Dilkusha Girls Home deaconess Sala Kacivakawalu said the children were happy with what they learnt.

“Here at the home we try to provide the children with extra curriculum activities because it supplements school work, so this is a very interesting activity for the children,” she said.

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