If you don’t recognize his murals from the far reaches of Spain and Russia, then you probably recognize his style from Life is Beautiful.
Spanish artist Okuda San Miguel, who created a mural and the “Smiling King Bear” for the 2017 Las Vegas festival, has completed a new mural on the Strip.
The mural, in Mama Rabbit at Park MGM, celebrates Mother Nature.
“Normally in my work, I get inspiration from cultures, like Indian, African, Mayan,” San Miguel says. “In this space I get the same, but from nature.”
His mural, in the soon-to-open bar, is inspired by the legend of Mayahuel, the Mexican goddess of agave and fertility.
The mural, “Mother Natura,” features a multi-hued goddess Mayahuel looking down upon a valley with agave.
It uses a vibrant color palette San Miguel’s work is known for, as well as one that complements Mama Rabbit’s rich yellow, teal and coral interior.
San Miguel started the mural with bold lines, then filled in the space with details such as the trees.
“I have a chromatic circle in my head,” San Miguel says. “I choose the colors as it goes.”
In front of the mural, San Miguel will install three sculptures, two figures of a deer and one rabbit, with functional slot machines inside.
Mama Rabbit Bar is an Oaxacan-inspired mezcal and tequila destination created in partnership with James Beard Award-winner Bricia Lopez. It opens Aug. 28.