Okudart in Lavapiés district, Madrid.
Madrid

Who the hell is Okudart? A Street art genius!

Okudart, an essential street art producer based in Madrid.

Considered by many the most important Spanish Street artist, Okudart has been performing his artwork since 1997 all around the world: India, Mali, Mozambique, United States, Japan, Chile, Brazil, Peru, South Africa, Mexico and the European continent. Okuda San Miguel was born in 1980 in Santander (northern Spain). He started developing his pieces on rail-roads and abandoned factories in his hometown but has now extended his creations to canvas, sculptures and murals. We may find him in Madrid on Calle Embajadores and Muros de Tabacalera (Metro Embajadores).

Cransmontana performance by Okudart.

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Okudart: in search of the best street art. #ISOmadridStreetArt

It is a fact that many European cities such as Rome, London, Barcelona or Madrid are putting emphasis in the Street art perfomances in downtown neighbors, but is there anything that city councils are missing in order to promote the culture and education on the streets? We wanted to take the opportunity to ask one of the most relevant artists about what his opinion on this issue was. Okudart answers to our questions:

Performance by Okudart in Tennesse.

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Cooltourspain interviews Okudart:

  • #1: What is your opinion about the street art movement in Spain?

There is a very good scene and incredible artists. But the thing is that we work more outside than in our own country. It is crazy we don’t have a big piece in the city centre of Madrid or Barcelona, for example. Big art fairs and museums haven’t introduced street artists yet, except CAC Malaga and CEART Fuenlabrada.

Okudart in Arcugnano, Italy.

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  • #2: You recently edited a book with your artwork. What was the most challenging of your performances and why?

I don’t know, maybe the church KAOS TEMPLE because it was an intervention only in its inside and over the difficult ceilings.

The most challenging project created by Okudart.

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  • #3: Virtual reality is meant to be the future of art in a few years time. Imagine you would have to participate in the development of a VR street art project in Madrid. What would you be interested in doing?

It is always interesting to mix new technologies and art. In this case, it could be fun to paint or create over all the rooftops in a city; or a big character-sculpture that people can move between the buildings…

Okudart performance for an Italian festival.

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  • #4: How is the street art movement in Spain compared to other European countries in terms of artists and its audience?

I think we are doing very well and there’s an international group of artists that are my friends too. I am very proud of all of us: SAN, Nano4814, Aryz, Sixe Paredes, Suso33, Felipe Pantone…

Okudart travelled to Arkansas last year.

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  • #5: Tell us please 3 street art projects/festivals in Spain to pay careful attention for the 2017.

MAUS project by CAC Malaga in The Soho SOLO collection space in Madrid will be the most contemporary and young museum in Spain. My first solo show in a museum will be excited and will be in CEART Fuenlabrada, Madrid.

Morrocan performance by Okudart.

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  • #6: Politicians in Spain have the task to discuss about culture at the Congress. If you were assigned the design of a project to develop the street art in our country, what 5 steps would you consider?

1) Change the education for kids: more creative subjects. 2) Free access to exhibitions, concerts, museums, and cultural events for young people and elders in order to encourage the use of creativity. 3) More help for young artists to produce their projects (facts, not words): allow walls and public spaces to work in. 4) Introduce street art in art history subjects at College and University degrees. 5) Value more the talented Spanish street artists. More visibility in Spain, showing some of their pieces in the public space or doing big size walls in the city centres.

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