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Oakoak - Puerto Street Art (Mueca 2016) - Prensa (11)

The work of oakoak breaks into the streets of Puerto de la Cruz

Puerto Street Art adds the signature of the renowned French artist to its urban art gallery

The work of oakoak breaks into the streets of Puerto de la Cruz

Puerto Street Art adds the signature of the renowned French artist to its urban art gallery

Taking advantage of the framework of a new edition of the Mueca Festival, Puerto Street Art (PSA) develops another phase of its urban concept of an open-air museum, where 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”.

2016 is the year in which the Puerto Street Art project leaves the neighborhood of La Ranilla and muralism, to begin filling a new room for interventions on public roads and street furniture with art. During the days of celebration of Mueca, from May 12 to 15, small works of art will be discovered in the most unexpected places; a delicious way to provoke laughter, to make people reflect, or to draw attention to what has so often gone unnoticed during any urban walk.

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