Octavio Ocampo – Dream of the Mermaid
What “Art” means to you?
“It is through art, and through art only, that we can realise our perfection”- Oscar Wilde
Art has not always been what we think it is today. An object regarded as Art today may not have been perceived as such when it was first made, nor was the person who made it necessarily regarded as an artist. Both the notion of "art" and the idea of the "artist" are relatively modern terms.
“Kiss of the Sea”
Art is form and content.
- The elements of art,
- the principles of design and
- the actual, physical materials that the artist has used.
Content is idea-based and means:
- What the artist meant to portray,
- what the artist actually did portray and
- how we react, as individuals, to both the intended and actual messages.
In this particular post, I would like share with you one of my favourite artists. He is Octavio Ocampo, a well-known artist from Mexico.
Octavio Ocampo was born in Celaya, Guanajuato, Mexico on February 28, 1943. He was educated at the Fine Art Institute, Mexico City and the San Francisco Art Institute, graduating in 1974. He has been exhibiting since 1972.
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 theatre career. In 1976 he began to devote himself solely to painting and sculpture.
“Mouth of Flower”
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
Here are some of his notable paintings.
“Run With The Herd”
“Friendship of Don Quixote”
When was your last visit to art exhibition? Long long time ago or just recently?
I visited Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York last September. I would say the experience was fantastic. So much to explore!
Peeps, if you have ever been to any art exhibition, I do encourage you to go and experience it by yourself.
Looking forward to hearing your great experience!