Peruvian Artist Creates Paintings Underwater [Video]

A Peruvian artist creates a series of paintings underwater, making his childhood dream come true.

When you have a dream, it might take time and patience to pursue it. Pascual Mimbela, a Peruvian artist, finally managed to make his childhood dream of painting underwater come true.

Mr. Mimbela equipped with all necessary scuba diving gear, as well as with his brushes, spatulas, oils and canvases, decided to dive into the Pacific waters of Talara province, where he could capture the marvelous beauty of the underwater world. There he paints all sea creatures passing by the colorful reefs and aquatic sea life.

According to the painter, he first began dreaming about painting the ocean floor when he was a little boy fascinated by incredible power and magnificence of the sea.

Talking about his unusual desire, Mr. Mimbela said: “All my life I’ve painted boats, fish, beaches and waves. But this time, I decided to take it further. I wanted to do something different. I wanted to see for myself, with my own eyes the depths of the sea.”

Since he started painting underwater in the year of 2013, Pascual has created 16 oil paintings, and some of his works have already on public display. The exhibition took place on 15 January in the town square of Los Organos.

One of the main aims of his artwork, says the painter, is to raise awareness about the importance of protecting and respecting marine life.

However, Pascual Mimbela is not the first one with such as experience, as about two year ago a group of underwater divers from the Ukraine finished their series of drawings after plunging to the depths of the Black Sea.

One of the problems the scuba-trained artists have faced was time limit. Because some watercolors take hours to finish, their diving equipment only allowed them to draw for 40 minutes at a time. And time was not the only issue the artists had to deal with, as their watery surroundings change the color of their paints mid-piece.

In the interview with the BBC, artist Denis Lotarev said: “An artist has to take into account the depth at which he is working because the colors change from the surface. Red turns brown and then black.”

The unique paintings created by the dive team had now gone on display at the Swallow’s Nest castle in the Crimean peninsula in southern Ukraine, says the Daily Mail.

It seems that the underwater world enjoys great success among artists, as recently there was held first underwater art gallery near Great Barrier Reef. Several pieces by renowned Australian artist B.J. Price went on display near Reef Magic’s Marine World platform on Moore Reef, about 90 minutes off the coast of Cairns in the northern Australian state of Queensland.

Price, a respected abstract expressionist painter, noted that the Great Barrier Reef had long served as his muse, and has become the sole inspiration behind his growing body of work. “When I dive on the Great Barrier Reef and become part of it, the reef speaks to me,” he gushed. “Through my art I answer its call, so others may hear its evocative voice.”

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