Eric Okdeh

Eric OkdehPhiladelphia based muralist, Eric Okdeh, began creating public art in 1998. After receiving his BFA in painting from Tyler School of Art, Eric chose to focus on socially engaged public art exclusively. As part of his process, Eric has facilitated art and mural making workshops with teens and adults, and classes with men incarcerated at SCI Graterford Prison, and people in inpatient and outpatient recovery programs. These classes serve as a vehicle for skill building, leadership and teamwork excercises, which culminate with major mural projects. Eric has found that the most successful murals provide a sense of inclusion and accomplishment among its participants which then empowers them to take ownership in the work.Eric Okdeh
Community driven Public Art has the ability to provide a voice to those who feel disenfranchised and powerless. Eric has created multimedia projects tackling difficult subject matter, such as gambling, addiction, mass incarceration and overcoming the stigma of mental illness. Going into communities to conduct interviews, and using art as a means to gather personal narratives, he is able to bring their stories to life and create a dialogue that is cathartic, and promotes empathy and understanding. The use of technology and social media platforms allow the larger conversation to continue beyond the completion of the physical work.
Eric OkdehEric has over 100 public art commissions throughout the Northeast United States as well as murals in Wailuku Hawaii, Seville Spain, Amman Jordan and Sandefjord Norway. He is proud to have created public art for the past 20 years with Mural Arts Philadelphia, and multiple Percent for Art programs and Public Art Organizations throughout the United States and the world. His work is featured in seven books about Public and Mural Art.

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