By Aseem Kulkarni
In its second year, St+art Delhi has brought in several fascinating street artists from all over the globe. Among the international talent included is the Spanish street artist Okuda. Okuda was born in Santander, Spain on November 19, 1980. He began his career as a street artist by painting in old factories and lost railways in 1996. Okuda brings a fusion of Cubist and Pop Art sensibility to the murals through his use of painting, with geometric shapes and bright neon colours. His inspiration is inextricably linked to his views on freedom and environment; the idea that one should remove themselves from the constraints of religion, war, and capitalism, and truly sense the beauty and sublime that colour and shape brings.
He has collaborated on various series of street artworks and murals in cities all over the world such as Miami, London, Oslo, Madrid, Brussels and La Rioja. His work has also been exhibited in Paris, New York, Japan, the United Arab Emirates, South Africa, Chile and Brazil. His work also goes beyond street art and into illustration and graphic design. Previous projects have included customised T-shirts for Dockers, design for ad campaigns with Phillips and Kia Motors, and painting train cars in Chennai.
His work with St+art Delhi took place in Lok Nayak Bhawan in Khan Market. Of course we know Khan market as one of the most posh markets in not just South Delhi, but quite a bit of Asia. It also serves as a hub for social and cultural activity, with restaurants, shops, bars, and so forth. That's why we are excited that Okuda has created a large scale mural in the market to add vibrancy, using his bright style!