Octavio Ocampo Artist "Cat"
Octavio Ocampo paints the most amazing metamorphic art in the world. It is the most original art coming out of Mexico today. If you love Salvador Dali and Mexican art, you will love Octavio Ocampo. These wonderful images are available as posters and prints in a variety of sizes. When it comes to religious art, The Calvary and Miracle of the Roses are the most unique representations of Christ and the Virgin Mary that you will ever see. Experience the magic!
Octavio Ocampo was born in Celaya, Guanajuato, Mexico on February 28, 1943. Growing up in a family of designers, he first studied art as a boy. Professor Salvador Zuniga directed the local art school in his hometown. At the art school, Ocampo constructed "paper mache" figures for floats, altars and ornaments that were used during carnival parades and other festivals. By doing this, he learned about art composition, materials and techniques. In high school, Ocampo painted murals for the Preparatory School and the City Hall of Celaya. Ruth Rivera, daughter of artist and muralist Diego Rivera and Maria Luisa "La China" Mendoza saw his work and encouraged him to attend the School of Painting and Sculpture of the National Fine Art Institute.
Octavio Ocampos' talents were not limited to painting and sculpture, but also extended to acting and dancing. While at the Art Institute of San Francisco, he studied all these disciplines and pursued both a film and theater career. In 1976, he began to devote himself solely to painting and sculpture. He now work primarily in the metamorphic style - using a technique of superimposing and juxtaposing realistic and figurative details within the images that he creates.
One has to look long & hard at Octavio's paintings. The longer one looks at his work, the more that is revealed. Faces come into focus at a distance and metamorphose into something else entirely in close up. Flowers become faces, mountains speak to each other, and mourners over a coffin become the face of Christ. His works are full of symbolism, endlessly fascinating, each revealing a new facet, different to each viewer.
Celebrity portraits for which Ocampo has been commissioned in the United States include President Jimmy Carter (commissioned by President Lopez Portillo and was presented as a gift from the United Mexican States), Jane Fonda, Cher (for the front and back covers of her latest album), and Cesar Chavez.
Ocampo is also an excellent muralist. His work is in major buildings such as the Palacio Nacional (Mexico), Presidencia Municipal (Celaya), Institute of Technology (Celaya), Grossenbacher Oil Co.Harlingen, Tx.; Casa de Gobierno (Guanajuato) Among others.
...Octavio Ocampo finds in painting a source of intellectual as well as plastic pleasure. Behind that deep green gaze of his, he does not hesitate to assert that his main concern is to be generous to the spectator of his metamorphic figures, intending by all means to make them forget their ennui.
From his academic beginnings, Ocampo has evolved toward a style of his own, free of deep crises and governed by his naturally playful penchant for mysterious atmospheres and optical illusions. He has been fascinated by these from an early age, when he realised that gestaltic forms are unstable, capricious. Therefore, he has worked as a scenographer and as a muralist, enthralled by the deceit, the visual game... taking part in many art shows around the world.
Ocampo now works and resides in Tepoztlan, north of Mexico City, it is considered to be one of the most magical places on earth.