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. View more at his home page or visit him on Instagram, Facebook .