Time to Write Now By Julaina Kleist-Corwin

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Octavio Ocampo’s Surrealist Paintings Offer Two In One Optical Illusions

Octavio Ocampo couple or water with statue

Octavio Ocampo optical illusion



Octavio Ocampo is a Mexican surrealist painter born on February 28, 1943 in Celaya, Guanajuato, Mexico. He also has studied acting, dancing, film and theater.  Since 1976, Ocampo works only in painting and sculpture and at present primarily in the metamorphic style. He superimposes and juxtaposes “realistic and figurative details within the images that he creates”.  The optical illusions fade back and step forward until the viewer notices details and then is able to recognize the larger intentions. For information click here.   Do you see the couple facing each other and then can you switch your view to the large body of water with a brown barren tree (or maybe it’s a sculpture) with faces below it?


Octavio Ocampo Metamorphic style

Octavio Ocampo Metamorphic style




In this next painting, can you train your eyes to see only the plants and the butterfly and then switch to the woman under the leaves and back and forth several times?






Octavio Ocampo face or daisyfield

Octavio Ocampo


Do you see a daisy field or a face under the daises in the foreground? Try to see both.








Octavio Ocampo birds and tree

Octavio Ocampo



Here there are three birds flying to a nest in the tree. Flip your view and see a large face close to the tree.







Octavio Ocampo face and one leaf

Octavio Ocampo


This one is my favorite. A single bloom and one leaf that changes the bloom to a part of a face looking to the upper right.


Which painting is your favorite? I’d be interested. Please put your answer into the comment section. Thanks.








Julaina Kleist-Corwin

Editor of Written Across the Genres

Author of Hada’s Fog


  1. Fascinating! it took me a while to see the couple in the first picture. I saw the ghost-like clouds. Once I saw a human, it was hard to unsee it. I think my favorite is also yours as I could almost unsee the face and the single bloom is beautiful.

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