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This Artist Transforms the Horrible Traffic of Manila Into Stunning Watercolor Images

Artist Erwin Mallari has turned chaos into art.
ILLUSTRATOR Erwin Mallari
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Erwin Mallari was just a regular office worker when he started painting the daily struggles of commuters in Metro Manila. In a series of paintings, he depicted the different traffic situations in the city using watercolor.

Mallari showcases his mastery of the medium with his playful renditions of light in various treatments: rain, smog, high noon, and sunset. Looking at his works, you can almost feel the struggle of millions of city dwellers traversing the metro’s major arteries every day.

"From 2011 to 2014, I was an employee at a design studio and I was already experiencing the very bad traffic. I thought of making watercolor paintings based on my everyday experience. In that way, I was able to release my stress," said Mallari in an interview with Esquire. 

He adds, "The worsening traffic situation has been on the news recently, that's why I decided to repost my series of watercolor paintings as a way of being one with the public and empathizing with the thousands of people who are complaining about this problem."

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See how he transforms the horrible traffic of Manila into something beautiful below.   

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