I stumbled upon the work of EKTA during one of my why-am-I-still-awake internet surfathons. I was instantly drawn in by his rich and decisive color usage, and later, wowed by his straight up sprawling body of work. For the past nine years, EKTA has been based out of Gothenburg, Sweden, primarily focused on street art. He also helps run a nonprofit gallery/studio in Gothenburg called ORO, which is where you can find his studio. What I really love about his work is that even though its subject matter keeps pretty loud and surreal, the pieces maintain an understated quality, eschewing the swagger that's so often deep-seated in things "street".
In November, EKTA will have his next formal exhibition at The Don Gallery in Milan with London-based artist, Dave the Chimp. If you can't afford the ticket, his work can also be admired in a number of publications including: Street Sketchbook, Playground Sweden, and others.