Kiev Metro Painting by Okuda San Miguel
Okuda San Miguel
peels back the veil of time to a prolific era of inner city street art, where writers and painters treated mass transit as canvases to tell their own stories. His massive train painting at a Kiev metro is a fitting tribute to one of Ukraine's day of independence. Car after car displays unrestrained ambition as Okuda delivers his patented range of chromatic expression and geometric explorations - a combination which often leads him down deep paths of symbolism to make his work all the more poignant for its environmnet. As always a great deal of deliberation is given to how each vignette occupies the available surfaces of an otherwise non-descript train, elevating it from municipal half-thought to a rolling masterpiece. From his interview with The Creators Project
"I've painted trains before, but those had a very different feeling. This time it is something special that the intervention on the trains is going to last longer, especially in a country like Ukraine," Okuda says. "Back in the day, the illegal side of painting trains was a spur, but when you painted a train you knew it would take a while to remove the piece. Nowadays, with new technologies, you can paint a train today and it will be 'clean' tomorrow."
All images courtesy of Okuda San Miguel.
See more fantastic murals and street art on his website. You can also follow him on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
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