One of Mexico's finest artists, discovered by the daughter of Diego Rivera, He works primarily in the metamorphic style - using a technique of superimposing and juxtaposing realistic and figurative details within the images that he creates. 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. His works are full of symbolism, endlessly fascinating, each revealing a new facet, different to each viewer.
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 "papier 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 Riviera, 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. The talents of
Octavio Ocampo 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 works primarily in
the metamorphic style – using a technique of superimposing and juxtaposing
realistic and figurative details within the images that he creates.
"I am fascinated by the forces of Good and Evil and the Sun (male) and the Moon (female). I live in Tepoztlan, which is a mountainous region southwest of Mexico City, and is considered to be one of the most magical places on earth. Like the Bermuda triangle, there is a strange and unexplained, but extremely powerful, confluence of magnetic forces seemingly concentrated in the Tepozteco Mountain." – Octavio Ocampo
Original Oil, 39 by 48 inches
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