Taking advantage of the framework of a new edition of the Mueca Festival, Puerto Street Art (PSA) develops another phase of its concept of open-air urban museum, in which renowned artists invade the street with their works. Asphalt, urban furniture or huge facades become the medium where they express their very current creativity with sculptures, street interventions or murals.
In its third year of life, PSA is now experiencing its fourth phase and, for this new creative step, it has relied on the figure of the renowned French artist oakoak, who heads the lists of the best urban artists in the world every year. Behind this pseudonym is a creator with a playful spirit, whose main intention in his interventions is to provide spaces, especially street furniture, with an imaginative piece, whether it be a bollard, a crack in a wall, or the bars from a sewer. In the essence of his proposal, ephemeral art, facing all the possible impacts that work in the open air can withstand. Fun as a work formula and with a clear purpose: to surprise the passer-by with a cheerful, original and often unexpected work.
In 2012 his first individual exhibition took place, in the Exterior Gallery of Lazarides, where artists of the stature of Banksy or Invader have exhibited. He has also exhibited at Lavo Matik (France) and The Cabinet d'Amateur, both in Paris. “Working in Puerto de la Cruz -states the author- has been a magnificent experience, due to its surroundings and its climate. In addition, each person who came across my work, while I was working, showed their joy and satisfaction”.
In Puerto de la Cruz, oakoak has left its mark in various parts of the city, such as Avenida Familia Betancourt and Molina and its surroundings, Calle La Hoya and Avenida Venezuela, with works such as false recreational pedestrian crossings, containers for rubbish, walls and electrical boxes. “Any element that normally goes unnoticed can become a nice and cheerful landscape. Giving life to new references in the city from a humorous point of view: that is, after all, my intention”.