Philly painter heads to big-time art expo

YOU HAVE to respect a man who’s about his hustle. I’m talking about the kind of guy who’s not too cute to pick up a broom if that’s what it takes to make things happen.

Take, for instance, Oronde Kairi Johnson. From midnight until 7 a.m., he’s responsible for keeping things clean outside an office building at 15th and Market streets, even in subzero temperatures. This menial labor, the likes of which a whole lot of people think they’re too good to do, provides him with pocket money to finance his real profession as an up-and-coming artist.

A prolific painter who graduated from the University of the Arts in 2003, Johnson, 38, describes his artistic style as “stylized realism.”

One of his best-received prints, “In Daddy’s Hands,” shows an African-American father sitting on a stoop fixing his daughter’s hair. Johnson also has done portraits of rapper Rick

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