Octavio Ocampo is a Mexican surrealist artist who paints illusions in which a scene is set up to create the shapes and outlines of a face. Each of Ocampo’s illusion paintings has a sense of duality. Was his intention to create a portrait of the celebrity or to create a scene that revealed the face during the painting process? It is clear that the illusion is meant to be there, but why? Does the artist simply enjoy creating his illusion paintings or is there a deeper meaning to the visual trickery?
Many of Octavio Ocampo’s paintings have a Christian, religious air to them. He has created several illusion portraits of Jesus Christ and Mary, depicting these religious figures in ways that other artists do not. His fascination with religion isn’t limited to Christianity; Ocampo has also painted illusions of Buddha and Shiva. Other famous faces to find their way into Ocampo’s paintings are Einstein, Don Quixote and John Lennon. To see more of Ocampo’s paintings, visit the artist’s online gallery.