Popular imagery and today’s tech influenced visual culture, social beliefs and human behavior in relation to contemporary contexts, the way we see and perceive others and the world around us, inspire Obie Platon to reflect the contrasts, particularities and tensions defining a fabricated reality that he aims to disclose.
The platonic philosophy has served as a starting point in his activity and determined him to concentrate on revealing the essence in the aspects of life people tend to be unaware of, at first under the form of five fictional characters, each corresponding to a specific platonic form and element (earth, air, water, fire, and the universe), that he would integrate in public spaces. His studies in architecture at the “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urbanism in Bucharest, and his beginnings as graffiti writer in the early 2000s, had an important impact on his work, initially based on a mix of kinetic art and surrealism (the case of his character Allan Dalla, pseudonym that made him a prominent figure on the local street art scene), combined with a freestyle approach pointing to naive, commercial and absurd situations (Pop Prince character).
In recent years, in addition to his complex murals that can be seen across Europe and in Shanghai, he focused on experimental painting, and pursuing his interest in sculpture and installation art. His works on canvas mainly consist in exploring portraiture from new perspectives using traditional painting techniques yet filled with contemporary symbols and elements that invite to a direct and playful interaction with the audience, or reinterpreting the work of masters such as Hieronymus Bosch or Giuseppe Arcimboldo, as in his 2016 solo show HUMANUTOPIA. The sculptural body of work usually highlights, in a witty and conceptual approach or paying tribute to artists like Constantin Brâncuși, a core idea that may relate to social taboos, political regimes, state surveillance and digital addictions, or further develop themes in connection to his canvases and interventions on the city walls.
Obie Platon is also the founder of the URBANART Association supporting contemporary artists and urban art initiatives in Romania, and of the contemporary art and culture magazine FORMAJE Artfiles (2009-2013).
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