Pablo Picasso is one of the most famous artists the world has ever known. The Spanish painter has long been the influence of many artists and aspiring artists worldwide, covering a wide spectrum of artistic forms. The latest genre of art to have a ‘Picasso makeover’, is abstract street art, with artist’s such as Kenny Random incorporating ‘Picasso-esque’ visions into his explorative and experimental street art.
The Italian street artist paints a distinctive assortment of images, which uniquely combine classic Picasso-inspired classical art into the accessible medium of street art and in doing so; Kenny Random provides classical art to an audience previously unmindful of the works of Picasso et al – namely the young and working class.
In blending classical styles into a modern and more ‘accessible’ medium, Kenny Random playfully interacts different styles of art to the delight of a diverse audience. Kenny Random’s work focuses on the light-hearted and almost comical. A good example of the humour Random expresses in his work is his ‘Silhouette Graffiti’ that he paints on the walls of Padova in Italy. Part of his ‘Silhouette Graffiti’ is of a shadow man, mischievously walking around the graffiti-embezzled streets looking like he is the one doing the spray painting. The artist’s much admired ‘shadow man’ is often accompanied with an equally mischievous cat, wandering across the walls and over the graffiti.
Kenny Random’s humorous street art has, either wittingly or unwittingly, been influenced by some of Picasso’s post-war masterpieces, many of which expressed humour and light-heartedness, such as his depiction of a , ‘Chat et homard’.
With artist’s such as Kenny Random interrelating the work of one of finest artist’s the world has ever seen into an accessible and modern genre of artistic expression, a new and young generation are lapping up this form of art. As a consequence of this previously ‘unassimilated’ blend, street artist blogs are now established titled, “You ain’t got no Picasso, yo?!”