Solo Exhibition by Okuda San Miguel
22 March - 28 April 2019
La Galerie Paris 1839 is delighted to present the Digital Zoo by Spainish artist Okuda San Miguel. The exhibition will be held from 22nd March to 28th April 2019, with the opening night on 25th March 2019, at La Galerie Paris 1839, G/F, 74 Hollywood Road, Central.
"I believe the reason for Art, apart from breaking down boundaries amongst people, cultures and religions, is basically to make people feel."
The Digital Zoo series depicts a wide variety of animals, including Asian wildlife as a tribute to Okuda’s first exhibition in the region. "I would like to invite people to do their own reflection about the contradictions between modernity and our roots, nature and society." In Okuda's distinctive style, rainbow geometric architectures blend with organic shapes that could be categorized as Pop Surrealism with a clear essence of street forms. His initial street art was geometrical letters. When studying Fine Art, he discovered Surrealism and introduced figurative structures that were ruled by grey shades. During his college years, he painted in black and white, and then, "what the body was asking for was an explosion of color."
"An evolving collision of both worlds, academic and street, became the result of my current style. This was made possible by applying geometrical structures in all the main elements like animals, humans and architectural elements. I aim at converting the monochromatic concrete structures and buildings into vibrant places that are filled with color and positivity, helping and hoping to change the lives of people. I want people to stop looking at the pavement and start looking up and around."
It is not the first time for Okuda to visit the city. In 2017 he produced his first mural Rainbow Thief, one of his most iconic works in Asia and which helped to promote tourism in the Sham Shui Po District, where it can still be seen today.
The Love of the Mother Panda 2019
Synthetic enamel on wood, 110 cm diameter
"I would like to invite people to do their own reflection about the contradictions between modernity and our roots, nature and society. I aim at converting the monochromatic concrete structures and buildings into vibrant places that are filled with color and positivity, helping and hoping to change the lives of people. I want people to stop looking at the pavement and start looking up and around."
—— Okuda San Miguel
La Galerie Paris 1839 x HKWALLS x KMB
To celebrate Okuda’s first ever solo exhibition in Asia, La Galerie is pleased to collaborate with HK Walls and Hong Kong KMB for a special program during Art Week. The artist will be painting on the exterior of a KMB bus on 26 and 27th March 2019, transforming the bus into a moving mural around the city. The art bus will be officially driven on the street around Hong Kong. For more information on the program, please contact the gallery.