Okuda San Miguel is a Spanish painter and sculptor known for his distinctive style of colorful geometric patterns that portray animals, skulls, religious iconography and human figures. After receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Complutense University of Madrid he began to produce works in his studio and also began producing sculptures. He is among the most recognized contemporary urban artists and many of his work are located internationally. On an interview with Design Boom he says this about his work:
On Inspiration: “Inspiration comes from artists such as Dali, Ernst, Magritte, Murakami,Jodorowsky or Yayoi Kusama…but thumbs up, always, for El Bosco. There’s no one like him.”
I love artists such as Kris Kuksi, Os Gemeos, Tomokazu Matsuyama, Kaws, Eric Parker, Todd James, Interesni Kazki, Piet Parra, Smithe, Nano4814, Sixe Paredes, Daniel Muñoz, Cleon Peterson, Amandine Urruty…some of these are friends of mine which motivates me to grow up and work harder.
“My art also relates to old cultures (wicholes, mayans, incas; from india or africa).“
On colors: “When I paint humans or faces with these multicolored geometric patterns, I try to symbolize all skins and races in one. all colors in one. a multicultural world.”
“I love to mix different patterns with organic forms and greys. in doing so, I try to represent the artificial versus nature.”
Images: Courtesy of Okuda San Miguel.