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Metamorphic Art can't be but a work of genius

Updated on January 13, 2016

Optical Illusion

 Boca del Flor ( Mouth of the Flower)
Boca del Flor ( Mouth of the Flower)

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.


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    • franciaonline profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from Philippines

      Add Your Comment..

      Hi Jodah,

      Thanks for reading my hub and leaving a comment.

      I'm sorry that the video on Octavio Ocampo's art has been taken down.

      We cannot watch it anymore.

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      John Hansen 

      2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Octavo Ocampo is obviously an amazing artist going on Boca del Flor. What a beautiful painting. I love and appreciate the metamorphic style. I can't watch the video however, it says it has been removed due to multiple third party violations. Thank you for sharing the work of this artist,

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      tim brady 

      7 years ago

      Hi, I'm a high school teacher that would like to use a poster of Ocampo's Firewoman when we discuss vision and seeing. However, I myself cannot see any hidden figures in this particular drawing. Where are they? Thanks, Tim Brady (N. Hollywood High School)

    • franciaonline profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Philippines

      Thanks for leaving a comment, Sun-Girl!

    • Sun-Girl profile image


      7 years ago from Nigeria

      Great and excellent piece of art work you actually shared in here.

    • franciaonline profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Philippines

      Hi Cris,

      I just learned about the 3D pics with "hidden" images from your comments so I searched for them. I got this link but haven't yet seen the "hidden" image hahaha. Anyway, here's the link and when you have time, do stare at the pics. You might see the "hidden" image:

      It's good to know that you found Octavio Ocampo's works interesting. Thanks for dropping by.

    • Cris A profile image

      Cris A 

      8 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Have never heard of Ocampo before so thanks for the introduction. Interesting body of work.

      Btw, this reminded me of the 3D pics that became popular in the 90s - where 'hidden' images pop up when you stare at them real hard or cross-eyed :D

    • franciaonline profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Philippines

      Octavio Ocampo is a great artist! I just love his "Beso del sol"and all his hidden images.

      Thanks for dropping by, Ginn.


    • Ginn Navarre profile image

      Ginn Navarre 

      8 years ago

      Enjoyed this very much. One of my favorites was his Fire Woman and always enjoyed the way he had (hidden images)


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