The color of transformation
At 40 years old Okuda San Miguel remembers how he spent his teen years in abandoned factories in Santander, developing his artistic personality between sprays and rap music. Graffiti was his way of escaping from the treaded path. A hobby learned in the street and molded in the Fine Arts degree that has made him an urban artist. Now he paints the world “because it is in need of color,” says Okuda.
Kaos Temple, 2015
“The world is in need of color”
Geometric shapes and color are the hallmarks of the pop surrealism of this man from Santander, who in recent years has specialized in mural paintings in urban settings. “Color is the cheapest and most sincere way of transforming a space”, says the artist who has already put this concept into practice on the facades of churches, forgotten palaces, walls of large buildings, underground stations in Spain, Morocco, the United States, Paris, Japan… “virgin and lifeless places are very special for painting for freedom and the meaning of life”.
19th Castle in the Loira Valley, 2017
Universal Chapel USA, 2016
Color is a positive message
“Kaos Star” is his most iconic figure. A wind rose created from colored triangles with geometric volumes. The artist recognizes the power of color because “you only change the image of something but that becomes the symbol of a place”. His urban art conveys a positive message to communities around the world. “Changing people’s lives just by painting a mural interests me more than money,” Okuda concludes.
The New Mona Lisa, París 2017
Among his great urban works there is time for charitable collaborations such as the one developed with the Aladina Foundation and Formica to brighten up the corridors of the Teenage Unit at the Gregorio Marañón Hospital in Madrid.
Color, his work, says Okuda, gives him happiness.
Gregorio Marañon in Madrid
Virtual Tour: OKUDA SAN MIGUEL ‘THE MULTICOLORED EQUILIBRIUM BETWEEN ANIMALS AND HUMANS’
Centre del Carme. Sala Ferreres – Goerlich (Valencia-Spain)
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