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Microsoft - Empowering Stories February 02 2015

Once again, honored to be featured in the Microsoft project celebrating empowering‬ stories of people who achieve their goals using the company's technology.


THE PIXEL PAINTER turns 1! July 28 2014

Hard to believe just over a year ago we released our little film THE PIXEL PAINTER. Now, +3.5 million views, +40 blog posts, 3 TV interviews, 2 conferences and 1 Super Bowl Commercial later, Grandpa Hal's story of inspiration and creativity is out in the world. It has been a wild ride and thanks to all of you, Grandpa had some amazing experiences along the way.

To celebrate what would have been Hal's 99th birthday, we want to make sure his message reaches as many people as possible. Please take this opportunity to share his story so Grandpa Hal can continue to inspire people all over the world.


With a heavy heart... July 08 2014

On Sunday, July 6, 2014 Hal Lasko passed away. It was just a few weeks shy of his 99th birthday.

Hal was surrounded by his family as he left this world after dealing with complications of a stroke that happened just a few days ago. Up until the last few hours - The "Pixel Painter" was still talking about painting and his projects.

We know he is already busy planning his next work of art - a man who found beauty in the smallest objects - we can only imagine the divine landscapes he will now see and experience. 

Thank you for helping us show Grandpa Hal how truly talented he was during this last year. He was amazed and touched by your kind words and appreciation of his work. He spent his 98th year traveling near and far to discuss his artwork, saw his paintings appear in Microsoft's Superbowl commercial, and attended his first solo gallery show.

We miss you Grandpa Hal, thank you for showing us how to live a life full of passion and inspiration. 

Hal Lasko July 28, 1915 - July 6, 2014

The Pixel Painter is nominated for a Webby Award April 10 2014

We have been nominated for a Webby Award in the Online Film & Video: Documentary: Individual Episode. Please show your support and vote for us today!


The Pixel Painter plays at CIFF! April 05 2014

As a Clevelander, this is bigger than getting into Cannes. We were so proud to be a part of the 38th Annual Cleveland International Film Festival!


Hal Lasko: Painting With Technology February 07 2014

Check out this beautiful vignette put together by Microsoft for their Empowering Us All campaign. Grandpa's story was selected by Microsoft to be featured in their Super Bowl Commercial.
 


Grandpa makes it into the Super Bowl! February 03 2014

Grandpa is featured in the Microsoft Super Bowl commercial! We were so excited when Microsoft contacted us to be a part of this beautiful project. Check out the commercial


Grandpa to speak at FITC TORONTO 2014 February 01 2014

We are honored to be one of the speakers at this year's FITC Toronto 2014 Conference.

FITC produces design and technology events worldwide which inspire, educate and challenge attendees. Since 2002, FITC has brought together like-minded professionals and students in Toronto, Amsterdam, Tokyo, San Francisco, Chicago, Seoul, New York, Los Angeles and many other cities. 

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Grandpa's First Solo Gallery Show February 01 2014

We are thrilled to announce that the DAAP Galleries at UC will present "Hal Lasko: The Pixel Painter" at the Philip M. Meyers, Jr. Memorial Gallery from Feb. 3-March 30. An artist reception with Hal will be held from 5-7 p.m. March 13.

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The Atlantic October 29 2013

Watch a 98-Year-Old Man Create Beautiful Images in Microsoft Paint

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Wired Magaine October 03 2013

While most people have long since abandoned MS Paint as an outdated graphics application, Lasko has spent the last 13 years using the program to digitally create works of art, spending up to 10 hours a day on his work.

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Cleveland Scene Magazine August 07 2013

Type "MS Paint" into Google. One of the top results should direct you to the eight-minute documentary, The Pixel Painter . The video profiles 98-year-old nearly blind Rocky River artist Hal Lasko, who creates sprawling but finely detailed landscapes and science-fiction images on Microsoft's rudimentary image-creation software.

 

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ABC News July 27 2013

Legally Blind Man, 97, Makes Digital Masterpieces with Microsoft Paint

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Daily News July 25 2013

Legally Blind Hal Lasko, 97, Makes Incredible Art with Microsoft Paint

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Today Tech July 25 2013

When his eyesight started to go, 97-year-old Hal Lasko rediscovered his passion for art — thanks to the simple Paint app that comes with every Windows computer. Inspired, he now spends hours poring over pixels and creating art that is rich and evocative, yet unmistakably digital.

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The Verge July 24 2013

This MS Paint Maestro Is 97-Years-Old and Legally Blind

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Mashable July 24 2013

 97-Year-Old Creates Beautiful Artwork in MS Paint.

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This is Colossal July 23 2013

The Pixel Painter: A 97-Year-Old Man Who Draws Using Microsoft Paint from Windows 95

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