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Obie Platon: From Europe to Asia

December 7, 2014
Sanja Lazic was born in 1990 in Belgrade, Serbia. Her interest in art comes from a very early age and although she didn’t have the talent to pursue it professionally, she enjoys every day working and writing about it. Her favorite urban artists are Interesni Kazki, Saner and Phlegm.

The Romanian artist Obie Platon has been a part of the international art scene since 2000, but only in the last couple of years his artistic and visual identity started getting a much needed critical acclaim. Whether because of his growth as an artist or just as a result of many things coming into the place, but this is definitely Obie Platon’s time. His works has significantly evolved into a thought-provoking, distinct and diverse visual language that is very obvious in his latest works, his highly complex murals, experimental paintings and conceptual sculptures and installations. The dominant motifs in his artworks are usually based on platonic geometry and philosophy, as well as Romanian culture, social beliefs and popular imagery. Only in the last couple of months, the Budapest based artist has participated in numerous projects, from mural art organizations and street art events across Europe, to festivals across the globe, ending with Shanghai in November 2014.

Obie Platon - Madame Mezzanine character, Bucharest, 2012
Obie Platon – Madame Mezzanine character, Bucharest, 2012

The One to Watch

During the period of 14 years long career, Platon’s style and the dominant characters have developed in five different directions, each corresponding to a specific platonic form and element (earth, air, water, fire, and the universe). His two most known characters are ones outlined through numerous interventions in the public space: Allan Dalla, the symbol of earth and solid geometry, a mix of kinetic art and surrealism, built out of contrasts, and Pop Prince, the “freestyle” approach, revealing all that is commercial, naïve, aggressive and ironic in the current social structure and human behavior. Obie Platon’s talent and dedication to work have earned him a place among some of the most recognized artists on the street art scene. He is the founder of the Romanian contemporary art and culture magazine FORMAJE Artfiles, and is currently involved in mural art, film and installation projects.

Obie Platon - Allan Dalla character, Germany 2013
Obie Platon – Allan Dalla character, Germany 2013

Walk and Talk Festival

This year’s edition of Walk and Talk Azores Festival gathered an impressive group of internationally acclaimed artists, justifying its status and proving it already became a tradition. Located on the Island of São Miguel, during two weeks in July, the art of Platon gain a massive media and public attention. He painted a mural entitled “Platonic Forms Story”, which is now part of the festival’s Public Art Circuit. The mural introduces the viewer to the five characters created by the artist over the last 14 years – each one of them epitomising different style and form, but all of them corresponding to a geometric shape of the Greek philosopher Plato. Each character has its own story and they are brought together for the first time to reach equilibrium.

Obie Platon - Platonic Forms Story - Walk&Talk Azores Festival 2014
Obie Platon – Platonic Forms Story – Walk&Talk Azores Festival 2014

Project for the Festival in Hungary

His next project was done for the Hungary’s Színes Város Festival. In this piece, the character Madame Mezzanine is depicted as Mother Nature, while the background highlights the urbanism, the architecture and geometry of the grey city. In contrast to the urban landscape, the female figure is created from elements inspired by nature and the cosmos, standing as a symbol of the human connection with the universe.

Obie Platon - Mother Nature - Madame Mezzanine character, Budapest, 2014 - background detail
Obie Platon – Mother Nature – Madame Mezzanine character, Budapest, 2014 – background detail

Wrapping Up the Year in China

After finishing the mural in Hungary where the artists is currently based, he traveled to Shanghai, China where he painted two fantastic murals and brought the year to an end. In the piece entitled Pollution, Platon paints a character that is a reflection of the citizen/tourist in Shanghai. He also addressed the ongoing issue of city’s pollution, while the other displays Allan Dalla, one of Obie’s favorite fictional characters, symbolizes an absolute chaos, struggle and other aspects of the Shanghai metropolis. The work is a result of the collaboration with local artist William Chou. If you haven’t noticed works of this talented young artist before, make sure you follow his upcoming projects, because he’s one to watch in 2015!

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Obie Platon - Pollution, Shanghai, 2014 - panoramic view
Obie Platon – Pollution, Shanghai, 2014 – panoramic view
Obie Platon (pic of the artist) -Allan Dalla in Shanghai, Shanghai, China, 2014, collaboration with William Chou - final
Obie Platon (pic of the artist) -Allan Dalla in Shanghai, Shanghai, China, 2014, collaboration with William Chou – final

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