Obie Platon – guest at Walk&Talk Azores Festival
About Obie Platon
One of the most active and creative Romanian street artists, Obie Platon has developed over the years varied, complex and distinct characters, each corresponding to a different platonic form and to one of the five elements (earth, air, fire, water, ether).
Among his five unique characters, the best known are Allan Dalla, the symbol of solid geometry and of earth, a mix of kinetic art and surrealism, built out of contrasts – and Pop Prince, a subconscious manifestation and a “freestyle” approach, revealing the commercial, naïve, aggressive and ironic aspects of reality.
Allan Dalla character / Roger Waters – The Wall, Bucharest, Romania, 2013 / with Cache (L.A.)
Allan Dalla character / Bucharest, Romania, 2013 / with Kero
Pop Prince character / Bacău, Romania, 2013
His murals, taking inspiration from Romanian culture, social beliefs and popular imagery, but also from the geometry and philosophy of Plato, are constantly reshaping the urban landscape of big cities in Romania, but also in Germany and soon at Walk&Talk Azores Festival, thanks to ICR Lisbon (Romanian Cultural Institute), and other European street art scenes.
Allan Dalla character / Germany, 2013
Craiova, Romania, 2014 / View more
The work of Obie Platon also includes sculpture, installation, canvas, design. Here are a few of his recent sculptures:
Digital Connection, 2014
Modern Canvas, 2014
About Walk&Talk Azores Festival
Launched in 2011 and organized by Anda&Fala – Interpretação Cultural, Walk&Talk Azores is a multi-dimensional and participative public art festival annually gathering national and international artists for a unique co-creation experience, consisting of artistic interventions in the public space, group exhibitions, performances, workshops, concerts and more.
“Each edition celebrates the regional culture and heritage, stimulates arts education and encourages a creative industry, valuing the Azores as an unparalleled creative destination. Promotes interaction and the artistic contamination of wider publics which usually don’t attend conventional cultural venues. Culminates with the creation of an outdoor museum, inclusive and democratic, where all communicate and to which everyone contributes”.
On this year’s line-up (announced so far): Hyuro (AR), Martha Cooper (US), Mariana Miserável (PT), Susana Aleixo Lopes (PT), Christos Voutichtis (GR), João Pedro Vale and Nuno Alexandre Ferreira (PT), Iza Rutkowska (PL), Marlon de Azambuja (BR), Pascal Ferreira (FR), Labuena Ylamala (ES), Vieira Pereira (PT), Carolina Backlar + Jeremy Backlar (US).
Here are some highlights from the previous editions:
Images © Obie Platon