David Oku is quite possibly the most culture-rich human we’ve ever met. Born in Dortmund, Germany, Oku is a combination of Nigerian and Italian descent. Having lived in the vibrant streets of Lagos and the baroque setting of Milan, he’s now settled in the business capital of the world, London, with his growing family.
Oku’s real-world inspiration, positive values, and passion for life shines through in both his conversation and his work. As does his affinity for the future of technology, cultural influences, and human expression.
From digital screens and animations, to modest canvases and walls of graffiti, there are zero limitations to this man’s creativity - something Oku tells us he has to channel in some form on a daily basis: “Drawing is something I love as much as any other part of my life, I have to do it every single day.” Oku’s talent is self-taught, something he describes as a gift; blessed with a unique vision that feels like second-nature.
He tells us that he’s not had the easiest life, but that he’s a big believer in good energy: “I’ve lost a lot, but I’ve learned a lot.” And he feels a certain kinship when he recognises this same energy and dedication in others. Our conversation was wonderfully deep in multiple places, we cannot wait for you to dive in..