Artist 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
His work is in major collections in Mexico, the National Palace
and the collections of the last three presidents. In Europe that
great collector, the late Florence Gould, had a landscape of the
New York skyline from her apartment, at her house at Cap
D'Antibes; H.M. The King of Spain is also a great admirer.
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 theater career. In 1976 he began to
devote himself solely to painting and sculpture.
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.
Ocampo now works and resides in Tepoztlan, north of Mexico City,
it is considered to be one of the most magical places on earth.
He works primarily in the metamorphic style - using a technique
of superimposing and juxtaposing realistic and figurative
details within the images that he creates.