Spanish artist Okokume was born in Mataró, Barcelona in 1985. At the early age of 8 she started studying art at the art academy in her hometown. Since 2012, she has been exhibiting internationally in galleries in Hong Kong, Tokyo, Taipei, Los Angeles and Berlin, as well as various art fairs.
Okokume has developed a great passion for Japanese animation from an early age. Cartoon and Asian culture are important elements in her creation. Geishas and women in Japanese kimono have been constantly depicted by the artist. Okokume uses different mediums and techniques, spanning from oil painting, graffiti, ceramic, sculpture to limited edition toys. She considers her art as part of the Pop Surrealism, also called the Lowbrow Movement, which was developed at the end of 1970s in Los Angeles, featuring underground comics, tattoo and hot-rod cultures of the street.
Bright, fancy, humorous are words that join the spirit of Okokume’s artistic productions. In her works, the artist creates original characters such as Dino (dinosaur) and Cosmic Girl (turquoise-skinned spirit), a turquoise creature/soul that surrounds us and protects Mankind from all the bad things. In terms of color, Okokume develops a personal skill to play with the light and dark contrast by using somber background to highlight the bright pastel hues of the subject.
Solo Exhibitions (Selection):
Hanamachi, Sho Gallery, Barcelona, 2013
Okokume, Mar de Cava Gallery, Barcelona, 2013
Ikimono, Open Walla Gallery, Berlin, 2015
Cosmic World, JPS Gallery, Hong Kong, 2017
The Arrival of Cosmic Girl, K11 Artspace represented by JPS Gallery, Hong Kong, 2018
Art Fairs (Selection):
SWAB International Contemporary Art Fair, Swab Toy’z Project, FLS Foundation, Barcelona, 2012
SWAB International Contemporary Art Fair, Swab Toy’z Project, FLS Foundation, Barcelona, 2013
Tokyo International Art Fair, JPS Gallery, Tokyo, 2018
Art Taipei, JPS Gallery, Taipei, 2018
Tokyo International Art Fair, JPS Gallery, Tokyo, 2019
Okokume (Laura MAS) 奧高古曼 (蘿拉‧馬斯)