By Carlos Mundy
Concern about the effects of climate change on the Earth and the artist’s interest in ecology has led him to use, at various levels, nature as the framework for his work. His passion for water -
not only as a means of personal enjoyment throughout his life but, above all, as a sacred gift - has made
this element an inherent part of his work, whether it be pictorial or sculptural.
Water is a main part and vital foundation in all cultures and
all religions since it is a constituent element of life, a
source of sustenance and fundamental for the existence of
all living organisms. In innumerable myths and poetic
creations water appears as an image or reflection of the
soul, and for Kico Camacho it is a mirror of our collective
soul; the level of our consciousness reflected in the health
or deterioration of our water basins, the mirror in which to
look at ourselves.
It is through abstract elements, codes of pictorial reading,
colour, forms, perspective, symbolic elements, light and
reflections that the artist creates changing atmospheres
with the aim of tempting the observer to enter the work -
either physically and/or mentally, depending on the case -
completing it, transforming it and making it his own. An
invitation to travel beyond physical and mental limitations,
to ask ourselves questions, to establish a dialogue with our
sensitive and subconscious side, to undertake an adventure
of discovery through imaginative and infinite readings.
An oasis is a vital part of life in the arid and semi-arid
climate, and they are a model for the natural interaction of
desert people with their environment. In most cases, they
are the only source of freshwater and are essential stops
along trade routes as merchants must replenish food and
Kico Camacho feels that the cities of the Middle East are
XXI century oases: - a metaphor of the metropolis as an
ecosystem where life thrives and therefore is preparing an
exhibition of his 3D Oasis as a preamble to the
construction of his monumental oasis sculpture in one of
the Middle East metropolises that would become an
emblematic and iconic landmark.
The magnificent sculpture will be a structure that can be
visited, and people will enter it and stroll appreciating the
beauty of an oasis, reconnecting with the phenomenon of
which is LIFE. It will be a magical space that allows the
visitor to perceive and experience through the five senses
beyond a plausible reality. It aims to be a place of
encounter with others and with oneself in an environment
where the colours, the water, the labyrinth of a forest form
and earthly and imaginary OASIS at the same time.
Both the exhibition and the monumental sculpture is a call
to raise awareness on the oasis fragile ecosystem and the
challenges of its preservation.