Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Ocaña: remembering an artist and a period

"José Pérez Ocaña was a painter and performance artist who lived in Barcelona during the seventies and early eighties. He was born on the 24th March 1947 in the small town of Cantillana, Seville. Ocaña fast became one of the most influential figures in the ‘Transition’ years – the post Franco boom that offered the freedom people were longing for, known here ‘La Movida’. In 1971 he moved into a flat on the Plaça Reial no 12, right next door to the site where Ocaña is now, making his mark with a flower-filled alter dedicated to the Virgen de la Asunción on his balcony. It became one of the city’s most infamous sights, as did his regular promenades down the Ramblas with fellow artist and boyfriend, Nazario, in tow. Parading up and down with fluttering fan and a floaty dress that could cheekily rise up to reveal his nether regions, Ocaña caused quite a stir." (extracted from the café website)

The café OCAÑA is named in honour of the famous José Pérez Ocaña. Completely restored, the place offers a peaceful view of the Plaça Reial and a comfortable stay surrounded by old furniture and very friendly people working. It worths for breakfast, lunch, teatime and post-dinner!

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