Metamorphic Art can't be but a work of genius
The first time I saw “Beso del Sol”or “Kiss of the Sun” by Octavio Ocampo, I was so amazed at the painting of a lily that resembled a fragile female face ready for a kiss. And to think that it was just an angle from where to look at the lily that made a difference was truly impressive. Then, watching “Boca del Flor “ or “Mouth of a Flower” just took my breath away. Imagine a painting of a dahlia flower if arranged from a particular angle will give the illusion of a lovely woman’s face. And then, “Familia de Pajaros”which was actually a birdlings’ tree habitat when placed near two flying birdies gave the illusion of a serene woman’s face. I can go on and on because Octavio Ocampo’s work never ceases to amaze the viewer.
Just who is Octavio Ocampo? He is a Mexican artist whose talents are not confined to painting and sculpture. He pursued a film and theatre career while at the Art Institute of San Francisco. In 1976, he began to devote himself solely to painting and sculpture. Now, he works primarily in the metamorphic style - using a technique of superimposing and juxtaposing realistic and figurative details within the images that he creates. Ocampo now works and resides in Tepoztlan, north of Mexico City. About the place where he lives, this is what he says:
"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 is one of Mexico’s most prolific artists.
The Visions Fine Art Gallery in Sedona, Arizona represents Octavio Ocampo in the United States.
Several collections in Mexico contains his work, and individual works have been made for 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 "Heart of Stone" album), and Cesar Chavez.