Istanbul locals may recognize this Instagram famous over-sized angry pandas. Signing his works with the nickname ‘Leo Lunatic’, this mischievous Istanbul based street artist gained a worldwide reputation in short notice by quiet well known international media.
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Throughout his complicated childhood, moving to Istanbul from Saudi Arabia, Leo claims that he first got inspired by the movie ‘Beat Street’, taking his first step into the graffiti world. The artist recently managed to transform his work of art into a highly demanded commercial medium, ensuring a legal way for himself to continue producing his bold lines.
Leo identifies himself with pandas in one sense and represents his affective loneliness with this metaphor. Don’t get deceived by the aggressive face of the pandas, artist chooses this endangered species based upon their shy characters, as how they do not mostly prefer to socialize with other human beings.
Hope to see more giant pandas soon around the city, discovering each while getting lost on streets.