Vancouver's newest mural painted by world renowned urban artist (PHOTOS)

Oct 2 2017, 8:34 am

Vancouver’s newest mural has been painted by a world-renowned urban artist.

Okuda San Miguel, of Spain, is the mastermind behind the amazing new work of art painted on a 1200 sq. ft. exterior wall belonging to PortLiving’s office in the heart of Mount Pleasant.

Okuda is known for his colourful and whimsical artistry on buildings around the world. His work includes his huge murals brightening up cityscapes across the globe.

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The grand reveal of Okuda’s mural fell on the heels of Art Rapture, a curated art experience inviting local and international talent to Vancouver’s South Main art district.

Daily Hive got the chance to catch up with Okuda to learn more about his first Canadian mural.

Daily Hive: Why is Vancouver a great place for your first Canadian mural? Are you excited for this? 

Okuda: Vancouver is a great place for my Canadian mural as it has a lot of wildlife and nature, which are subjects I enjoy incorporating into my work.

* Canadian secret mountains * @artrapture Vancouver. Canada +++ @portliving

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Daily Hive: How long did this mural take to complete? 

Okuda: The mural took two days to complete. Surprisingly it is a much smaller project than I am used to. Usually, it takes four to seven days for bigger murals.

Daily Hive: What was your ‘vision’ for this piece of art? 

My vision for this mural was the focus on west coast wildlife. I have taken animals from Vancouver and mixed them with my past experiences.


Okuda at the reveal of his Vancouver Mural (Image: David Strongman)

Daily Hive: How did you incorporate your bright, bold style with themes of the West Coast?

Okuda: I used a lot of the animals from the west coast into my artwork. It is actually the first mural I have used where it is just animals interacting with one another, versus human and animal interaction.

* Canadian secret mountains * @artrapture Vancouver. Canada +++ @portliving

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Daily Hive: What is the message you hope to pass on when people see your artwork?

Okuda: My main message in my artwork is positivity. I really hope that my work here will bring joy to the community here in Vancouver; especially with all the rain that Vancouver receives. The rest I always leave up for interpretation!

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