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IntroductionsA stunningly beautiful and exotic bird from the Amazon, the hyacinth macaw is also an endangered species. Multiple zoos are committed to supporting its reproduction to ensure the survival of the species. In his series on birds of paradise, the Ecuardorian painter and graphic designer Juan Fortes presents a life-sized hyacinth macaw in a noble and dynamic pose. In this multifaceted artwork, Fortes transmits the impression that the macaw is in full flight: wings beating powerfully while tail feathers swish in the wind. We can feel the bird’s power and imagine its calls reverberating through the rainforests of South America.
Fortes’ works are striking for many reasons. For starters, the colorful nudibranchs and birds really pop against the black background. Additionally, they exhibit the character of a biological illustration. It is another step in the long tradition of fusing art and science. Fortes understands the perfect way to show off the uniqueness of these exotic lifeforms. At the same time, he sharpens our awareness of their temporary beauty, which is on display in his pieces.
Fortes is fascinated by the exploration of previous centuries. There was a time when scientific expeditions were not common, and most artists had to finance such adventures themselves. It was an exciting time full of major discoveries as volumes full of previously unknown animals and plants were found. Today, many of these species are endangered. Fortes sees his work as a tribute to the artist-researchers of the past whose enthusiasm for nature and beautiful exotic lifeforms brought them into the public view.
Fortes finds inspiration among famous illustrators of the past who traveled the world to document wildlife, such as John James Audubon and Maria Sibylla Merian.
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