Time for another Deconstructing. The purpose of these deconstructing threads is to analyse the art of successful artists. Hopefully we can observe techniques, ideas, approaches, that can assist us in improving our own visual storytelling goals.
Octavio Ocampo was born on 28 February 1943 in Celaya, Guanajuato, Mexico. He grew up in a family of designers, and studied art from early childhood. At art school, Ocampo constructed papier mache figures for floats, altars, and ornaments that were used during carnival parades and other festivals. 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 Mendoza encouraged him to attend the School of Painting and Sculpture of the National Fine Art Institute.
The talents of Octavio Ocampo are not limited to painting and sculpture, but also extended to acting and dancing. 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."
I'm actually not familiar with him, the second painting of the old couple does seem familiar. Really interesting paintings, thank you for introducing his work to me
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What strikes me, with his work, is a reminder that all art is simply an optical illusion. Our brain tricks us into thinking that an image is something real.
ocampos work works much better when its blown up nice and big. that way the optical illusion part is more noticeable.
i dont remember when i first found ocampo (high school maybe?) and i was fascinated by all the hidden pictures and multiple ways to look at things. theres more to every piece going on than what appears. hes great