Rico


I first met Rico at the Glendale Winter Shelter, drawn to his large canvas of bright colors. We’ve had some rainy weather in Los Angeles this winter, and the National Guard allowed us to keep […]

Rico

I first met Rico at the Glendale Winter Shelter, drawn to his large canvas of bright colors. We’ve had some rainy weather in Los Angeles this winter, and the National Guard allowed us to keep the armory open during the day. Rico didn’t mind the rain; it excited him because he could work on his art.

There is no way to paint a bright colorful picture of homelessness. But there is something incredible about the spirit of a person who has vision that can conquer any challenge. Rico‘s life is not easy. He’s lived on the streets for two of three months since moving to Los Angeles.

You could consider Rico lucky because he has a talent that might soon deliver him out of a horrible situation. Thing is, though, I’ve seen many talented people give up on the streets. The difference? Rico is a fighter. The creativity is not just what he puts on the canvas but what he puts in his heart to make it through another day.

Public radio reporter Rob Schmitz followed me the day I interviewed Rico. Here is the NPR InvisiblePeople.tv story

Rico‘s life is not easy. He’s lived on the streets for two of three months since moving to LA. Click To Tweet

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6 Comments

  1. February 20, 2010 at 7:11 pm, NPR reporter Rob Schmitz followed me down Hollywood Blvd | haRdLy NOrMal said:

    […] Rico’s video on InvisiblePeople.tv […]

  2. February 27, 2010 at 2:18 pm, Michael | InvisiblePeople.tv said:

    […] hard to see how such talented people (like Rico from last week) can end up in such tough circumstances. How many people with hope and talent do we […]

  3. February 27, 2010 at 11:00 pm, Michael | The Just Life said:

    […] hard to see how such talented people (like Rico from last week) can end up in such tough circumstances. How many people with hope and talent do we […]

  4. March 07, 2010 at 7:56 pm, Scott Lindstrom said:

    Wow! What an amazing artist! I'd love to have that on my wall! Holy crap. With talent and brilliance like that, hopefully he'll soon have his dream.

  5. July 10, 2012 at 8:27 am, The Power of Pixels - Social Media & the Fight Against Homelessness | The Patterns said:

    […] together with her young children while trying to save money for an apartment security deposit. Rico struggles to make enough money selling his artwork to keep him off the streets in Los […]

  6. June 15, 2017 at 5:01 pm, Kelly Miller said:

    Go Rico! Live your life your way darlin!

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