“The works, often pose contradictions about existentialism, the universe, the infinite, the meaning of life, the false freedom of capitalism, and show a clear conflict between modernity and our roots, ultimately, between human beings and the same.” OKUDART
UNIQUE work and the way he expresses himself through his pieces is beyond amazing.
Today I’m so honored to have OKUDART with us on GET OUT Blog.
Shall we start!
Which artist/s influenced you?
THE BOSCH is the king…but I also love MAGRITE, DALI, ERNST and MURAKAMI.
Freedom to create art is very important to you. Is that why you chose to express yourself through street art?
Freedom is the most important to create… and street art is the most free art because nobody can judge it and have no filters to be showed. You do whatever you want and for every people in the street not only for people from the art world.
What style your work focus on?
None! I focus on my work in my own way only. And to create something unique.
Are there any particular cultures that have influence your artwork?
I don’t know. Maybe the Indian! I love this culture, their gods and animals. Everything is very inspirational.
I noticed that you usually use in your pieces prison/ cages / birds and most of the characters you paint are in grey and female bodies. When did you start becoming interested in these aspects?
Always interested to use contradiction concepts. Very special iconography about freedom, oppression, existentialism….surrealism language. But maybe I started to do it better since 2009 in IAM project.
Are you generally satisfied with your finished pieces from murals and paintings?
If not, don’t finish. I only finish it if I’m doing what I want…sometimes it is not the best one…sometimes I only create for fun, or testing…but always try to be in the first level.
Where your work is usually located?
All over the world. More than my country. Don’t stop traveling and I am very motivated to leaving part of my heart in each country.
What is the riskiest thing you have ever done?
I don’t know. I remember that I was arrested in New Jersey , after Shandy hurricane. I did a photo for my DREAM OR DIE solo show. I was the naked model and was arrested naked… hahahaha! Or we can say painting in a high lift with a further wind close to the sea in Lisbon or Azores islands. Or maybe to paint in the Brazilian fabulous a few time ago.
Do you have a formal art education?
Yes, I finish fine art studies in UCM Madrid in 2007…but always combine it with my street education.
Would you rather paint alone or do you prefer collaborate with others?
Both are special. Because you can find more inside you if you work alone. But is very emotional when you get a nice combination with another artist. Like me with the French artist REMED, we lose our ego, and try to find a strange cubism, we get a third artist, no remed, no okuda. One together.
One of the artists you usually collaborate with is Remed. How did you meet and when was the last collaboration and where?
He is from my Madrid artists’ friends’ crew. We started to play with our styles over canvases in his studio in 2010 and after that we did a big world tour for a wine brand. That made us know what we want to produce and do. Depending on place or country like doing big sculptures, installations, paintings on murals or inside transparent cubes.
Have you been to any of the Middle East countries? Any specific country in mind you want to go and add your signature on since your art focuses on the freedom?
Not yet! But I know it’s going to be very inspirational, but maybe is not that safe although it could be interesting to put color over the war or over the broken cement.
What do you see as the future of Street Art & graffiti?
I think it is unstoppable. We are growing and we are fill filling the world with colors… And like always only the real ones will stay, because we are not here for the trendy time…you know what I mean!
How do you feel about photographers / bloggers in the scene?
I think some bloggers and doing some nice job. Especially the moment I get nice pictures and portraits of pieces I’m working on from them. Like I want to say thank you for like Jeos, Eduardo Rivas, Juan Barte. And not to forge the special one that really had an emotional impact on the one and only Martha Cooper – Last year in Moscow.