The city has been a real playground for OAKOAK since 2006. Originally from Saint-Etienne (France), the artist places his designs and collages in the most unexpected places to surprise passers-by and make them smile. His method involves distorting parts of the urban decor by playing on their faults, such as a crack in a wall. He adds his own vision and his own references, which often come from geek culture. His art aims to bring poetry back into the urban environment.
OAKOAK had his first solo exhibition at Lazarides’ The Outsider Gallery (Banksy, Invader) in Newcastle in 2012. He has also exhibited in France at the Lavo//matik (2016) and the Cabinet d’Amateur (2015), both based in Paris, and at the Clemouchka Gallery (2015) in Lyon. October 2015 saw his first solo exhibition in North America, at the Vertical Gallery in Chicago, Illinois.
OAKOAK has worked with other urban artists such as Fra Biancoshock (Italy), The Wa (Germany), Bulbe (France) and Zabou (United Kingdom). He recently produced several works for Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam. His work has been published in two books, one by Edition populaire (2011) and the other by Editions Omaké (2014).