A homeless man whose story was covered by Chinese media several years ago was spotted recently in Zhejiang drawing the Mona Lisa in chalk.
Zeng Xianglu, 54 years old, has never received any formal artistic training. The autodidact street artist, first attracted to drawing as a little kid, lost his job as a young man and then chose to open a restaurant. In 2007, after the restaurant went out of business, Zeng decided to invest himself fully in his street art practice, against the objections of his family.
He wanders from place to place, drawing primarily with chalk. “I’ve been to Hong Kong, Xinjiang, Tibet, and Inner Mongolia,” he says. Every city he travels to, he stays in a cheap hotel and goes sightseeing. He pays for his accommodations and transportation with the tips he receives on the street.
Passersby have in the past attempted to convince him to take a regular job, including a kind-hearted woman who went so far as to give him the number of a wall painting company that was hiring. But Zeng seems to prefer his current lifestyle. “All I need is some food,” he says.
Check out his artwork below:
By Alex Tang
[Images via ChinaNews / Weibo]