Out and about in Cozumel features: The Octavio Ocampo Exhibit at the Museum of Cozumel

Octavio Ocampo was born in Celaya, Guanajuato, Mexico in 1943. He was born into a family of designers and hence was exposed to art from an early age. He was also influenced by his mother who taught him to find shapes in the clouds and to be aware of everyday objects that were found around him. At the art school he attended, , Ocampo constructed “papel mache” or 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, the daughter of the renowned artist Diego Rivera, encouraged him to attend the School of Painting and Sculpture of the National Fine Art Institute. The talents of Octavio Ocampo go far beyond his painting and sculpturing. He is also revered for his acting and dancing. At the Art Institute of San Francisco, he studied these disciplines and pursued both a film and theater career. In 1976, he began to devote himself solely to painting and sculpture. At present day, he focuses on the metamorphic style; using a technique of superimposing and juxtaposing realistic and figurative details within the images that he creates. Octavio Ocampo is revered as one of Mexico's most prolific artists.