Spanish artist Okuda is brightening up a nineteen storey building in Paris by giving it a contemporary makeover. Using more than 450 spraycans, Okuda painted one of Europe’s tallest murals at 50 metres (164 feet) high by 15 meters wide during less than five days.
‘The City of Paris and Mona Lisa are intricately linked, so it was a natural choice’. The street artist wanted to pay tribute to the French culture and to the iconic portrait at the Musee du Louvre.
Internationally known Okuda is a surrealist pop artist with a psychedelic universe, his subjects are very colourful and this artwork is no exception.
With zebra hair and a rainbow cubic face, the reinterpretation of Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece, also known as La Gioconda, depicts a standing woman in a starry sunset, with a bird on her shoulder and carrying a handbag. The handbag is decorated with repetitive patterns, reminiscent of a famous French luxury brand, as a nod to Paris as capital of Luxe and Fashion.
The multi-cultural-skinned woman is illustrated by different types of colourful fabric from dots, stripes and stars like different parts of the world.
While we have seen many reinterpretations of this famous portrait, it is also very unusual to see the Gioconda standing, we discover here the rest of her body with curvy shapes, standing in rainbow waters.
We were lucky to join Okuda on his cherry picker during the painting process, so here are some pics or the work in progress.
This modern colourful portrait celebrates Paris with culture, luxe and fashion but also its population from a multicultural background and diversity.
Photos credit: Butterfly Art News
View the full set of pics here
Come back again soon for our coverage about Okuda‘s Parisian solo show ‘ The dream of Mona Lisa’ at Adda & Taxie Gallery running until the end of August at 35 rue Matignon.