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About Ivan Mikolji

CONTACT: mikolji@gmail.com

Who is Ivan Mikolji?

“If you are an admirer of the aquatic habitats of South America, you certainly know Ivan Mikolji!

He’s a world-renowned explorer, researcher, audio/visual artist, and author who tirelessly documents the magnificent diversity and wonder of this beautiful region of the world.  His dramatic underwater videos are seen around the world, and his photographs have graced articles in numerous publications.

Ivan Mikolji is also an extremely accomplished artist, whose beautiful interpretations of the aquatic life of Venezuela and South America are sought after by collectors worldwide.”

Scott Fellman, Tannin Aquatics

Why the Fusion between Nature, Science and Art?

 

Ivan Mikolji describes his mission to save the freshwater habitats of the planet.

 

Introduction to Mikolji

With more than a hundred expeditions and innumerable publications in different countries, he has demonstrated the authenticity and originality of his artistic passion for photography and painting. The philosophy that moves his creative will is the urgency to preserve the aquatic ecosystems of the planet, and as a first step he considers it necessary to make known the richness and beauty of these biomes. That is why he maintains: “you cannot preserve something that you don’t know exists.” And to that work he has dedicated a great part of his life.

Eduardo Planchart Licea
Phd Latin American Art History UNAM

 

Explorations and species of flora and fauna discovered by Mikolji

  • He is currently working on the redescription of the Astronotus genus and the description of a new species of the same genus.
  • He discovered a new orchid species of the genus Cranichis, and took the first photos and video.
  • He discovered a new species of catfish of the genus Trichomycterus, and took the first photos and video.
  • First live photos and video of Cleistes abdita orchid.
  • First live photos and video of Serrasalmus nalseni piranha, used to redescribe the species.
  • First live photos and video of Pristobrycon careospinus piranha.
  • First live photos and video of Apistogramma pedunculata fish, used to describe the species.
  • First live photos and video of Apistogramma nororientalis fish.
  • First live photos and video of Aequidens chimantanus fish.
  • First in habitat photos and video of Moenkhausia pittieri fish.

 

Mikolji Solo Exhibitions

  • A Tribute to Humboldt by Mikolji, La Salle Foundation of Natural Sciences. Caracas, Venezuela 2019
  • A Tribute to Humboldt by Mikolji, Humboldt Cultural Association. Caracas, Venezuela 2019
  • Orchids of Venezuela, Fototeca de Barquisimeto Foundation. Barquisimeto, Venezuela 2019
  • Aquatic Reflections, Rafael Monasterios Gallery, UCLA, Barquisimeto, Venezuela 2019
  • H2O, Espacio 5 Gallery. Valencia, Venezuela 2019.
  • H2O, Espacio 5 Gallery. Caracas, Venezuela 2018.
  • Photographs and Aquatic Paintings, School of Plastic Arts Martin Tovar and Tovar. Barquisimeto, Venezuela 2018.
  • Orchids of Venezuela, Rosa Bela Hotel & Convention Center. Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela 2018.
  • Aquatic Landscapes, Fototeca de Barquisimeto Foundation. Barquisimeto, Venezuela 2018.
  • Between Science and Art, Orinokia Mall Exhibition Hall. Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela 2018.
  • Between Science and Art, La Salle Foundation of Natural Sciences Exhibition Hall, Guayana, Venezuela 2018.
  • From Plastic to Abstraction, Exhibition Hall of the Eladio Alemán Sucre Cultural Center. Valencia, Venezuela 2018.

Learn more about Mikolji’s exhibitions here.

 

Group Exhibitions

  • We are on a side of Peace of Venezuela, Valencia, Venezuela 2018-19.
  • We are on a side of Peace of Venezuela, Valencia, Venezuela 2017-18.
  • We are on a side of Peace of Venezuela, Valencia, Venezuela 2016-17.
  • Artblend Gallery, Fort Lauderdale, USA. 2016.
  • 1st Meeting of Croatian Artists of Venezuela, Foro XXI, Torre Letonia, Caracas, Venezuela. Mayo 2010.
  • Marine Biodiversity Collective photographic exhibition, 2010. “Alonso Gamero” Library, Faculty of Sciences, Central University of Venezuela. 2010
  • Marine Biodiversity Photographic exhibition, 2010. Central Library of the Central University of Venezuela, 2010.
  • Athenaeum of Valencia, Venezuela 2005.
  • Jacobo Borges Museum, Caracas, Venezuela, 2005.

 

Competition Jury

  • Judge at the International Biotope Competition, China, 2018.
  • Judge in the International Biotope Aquarium Design Contest, Russia, 2013-2019.
  • Judge of the Degree photo essays, School of Photography ENFOCARTE, University of Carabobo, Venezuela, November 22, 2017.
  • Judge in the Biotope Aquarium Competition of the Nordic Cycling Association, Scandinavia, 2017.
  • Judge at the Croatian Aquatic Competition CAC, Croatia, 2014.

 

Books published by Mikolji

  • Illustrated Catalog of the Fishes of the “Aguaro-Guariquito” National Park, Antonio Machado-Allison, Roberto De La Fuente and Ivan Mikolji, 2018

Learn more about Mikolji’s books here.

 

Published Photographs

  • 10 photos published in the magazine Ciklid Bladet. No. 2 /, Sweden 2019
  • 6 photographs published in the book Molluscs Dulceacuícolas de Colombia, 2019
  • 30 photographs published in the Revista Explora, Venezuela, Volume 03 of 2019
  • 136 photographs published in the book Catalogo Ilustrado de los Peces del Parque Nacional “Aguaro-Guariquito” 2018
  • 9 photographs published in Hotbook Magazine, Mexico, Volume 30 August 2018.
  • 7 photos including cover, published in Challwani Magazine. Issue 06, Chile, 2018
  • 6 photographs published in the Challwani Magazine. Issue 05, Chile, 2018
  • 1 photograph published in the Practical Fishkeeping Magazine. Issue 03, United Kingdom, March 2018.
  • 11 photographs including cover in the book Biodiversidad de la sierra de La Macarena, Meta, Colombia. Parte I. Ríos Guayabero medio, bajo Losada y bajo Duda. Colombia 2018
  • 31 photographs published in the Revista Explora, Venezuela, Volume 03 of 2018.
  • 9 photographs published in the Revista Explora, Venezuela, Volume 01 of 2018.
  • 27 photographs published in the book La Vida Secreta del Bosque, Venezuela 2018.
  • 4 photographs published in the Practical Fishkeeping Magazine. Issue 13, United Kingdom, December 2017.
  • 3 photographs published in the newspaper El Tiempo, Colombia August 11, 2017.
  • 1 photograph, cover, published in the PhD thesis of Loreta Cornacchia in the NIOZ, The Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, 2017.
  • 43 photographs including front cover, inside cover and back cover published in the book Fauna de Caño Cristales, Sierra de La Macarena, Meta, Colombia 2017.
  • 6 photographs including cover, published in the book Field Guide to the Fishes of the Amazon, Orinoco, and Guianas, USA 2017.
  • 1 photograph published in the book Ríos de morichal de la Orinoquia venezuela, Venezuela 2016.
  • 1 photograph, interior cover, published in the book Morichales, cananguchales and other floodplains of South America, Colombia, Part II 2016.
  • 1 photograph, full page, published in the Aquapac product catalog, United Kingdom 2016.
  • 1 photograph, cover, published in the book Biodiversidad del Rio Bita, Vichada, Colombia 2016.
  • 2 photographs published in the Red Book of freshwater crabs in Colombia. 2015
  • 6 photographs published in the Revista Río Verde, Venezuela, Volume 016 of 2015.
  • 1 photograph, cover, published in the magazine Anarita, Universidad del Zulia, number 26, Maracaibo, Venezuela 2014.
  • 21 photographs including cover and interior cover published in the book Humedales de la Orinoquia Colombia Venezuela, Colombia 2014.
  • 4 photographs including cover and back cover published in the book Humedales interior de Colombia 2014.
  • 2 photographs published in Revista Río Verde, Venezuela, Volume 014 of 2014.
  • 2 photographs, one being a double page published in the Practical Fishkeeping Magazine. Issue 06, United Kingdom, May 2013.
  • 1 photograph published in the magazine PiranhaMania, Volume 5, 2013
  • 6 photographs including 2 on the cover published in the book Guide to Migratory Species of Biodiversity in Colombia – Peces, Colombia 2013
  • 10 photographs including the cover, published in the magazine Ciklid Bladet. No. 1 /, Sweden 2012.
  • 3 photos and mention about his work, published in the magazine Ciklid Bladet. No. 2 /, Sweden 2012.
  • 2 photographs published in the Practical Fishkeeping Magazine. Issue 9, August, United Kingdom 2012.
  • 2 photographs and mention of his work published in the magazine Datz 06 /, Germany 2012.
  • 47 photographs published in the magazine: TFH (Tropical Fish Hobbyist), USA 2008 – 2011.
  • 12 photographs used by National Geographic TV. USA 2011.
  • 33 photographs published in the book (including cover and back cover): “Revision of the genus Apistogramma Regan 1913 (Perciformes, Cichlidae) in the Orinoco river basin. Humboldt Institute, Colombia 2011.
  • 1 photograph published in the Designation of neotype and redescription of Serrasalmus nalseni Fernández-Yépez, 1969, Venezuela 2009.
  • 8 photographs published in the book: Piranhas, by Editora Barron’s, USA 2008.
  • 2 photographs published in the newspaper El Nacional, Venezuela 2008.

See more of Mikolji’s photography here.

Published Journal Articles

  • Wild Aquarium. Ciklid Bladet Journal. Nº 2/, Suecia 2019
  • Acuario Salvaje. Revista Challwani, Chile, 5 / 2018
  • Plunging Headfirst into the Morichales. Practical Fishkeeping Magazine, United Kingdom, Spring 2018.
  • The Scarecory. Practical Fishkeeping Magazine, United Kingdom, February 2017.
  • En búsqueda de una posible nueva especie de “pez de la lluvia” en el Río Guáquira Revista Memorias y Cuentos Año III – Número 3 – 2017
  • Oscar Cichlid Astronotus sp Venezuela aff ocellatus in the wild. AQUAmag Magazine N°30, France, 2016.
  • Piranha Land. Practical Fishkeeping Magazine, United Kingdom, Spring 2015.
  • Dwarf Cichlid Apistogramma hongsloi in the wild. Practical Fishkeeping Magazine, United Kingdom, March 2015.
  • Green Dartfish Ammocryptocharax elegans in the wild. Practical Fishkeeping Magazine, United Kingdom, May 2015.
  • Close Encounters of the Cichla Kind. Practical Fishkeeping Magazine, United Kingdom, October 2015.
  • The Link Between Science and Art. Artblend Magazine – Vol. 3, USA, Winter 2015.
  • Cleared and Stained Diaphonized Fish. Practical Fishkeeping Magazine, United Kingdom, January 2015.
  • Amazon Leaf Fish Monocirrhus polyacanthus in the wild. Practical Fishkeeping Magazine, United Kingdom, May 2014.
  • Oscar Cichlid Astronotus aff ocellatus in the wild. Practical Fishkeeping Magazine, United Kingdom, July 2014.
  • Three Spotted Eartheaters Satanoperca daemon in the wild. Practical Fishkeeping Magazine, United Kingdom, September 2014.
  • Red Line Lizard Tetra Iguanodectes sp in the wild. Practical Fishkeeping Magazine, United Kingdom, October 2014.
  • Ram Cichlids in the Wild. TFH (Tropical Fish Hobbyist), USA, June 2011.
  • First Ever Photos of Diamond tetras in Their Natural Habitat. TFH (Tropical Fish Hobbyist), USA, January 2010.
  • The Half Red Hemigrammus: A new Species. TFH (Tropical Fish Hobbyist), USA, March 2010.
  • Cardinal Tetras in Their Natural Habitat. TFH (Tropical Fish Hobbyist), USA, February 2009.
  • Designación de neotipo y redescripción de Serrasalmus nalseni Fernández-Yépez, 1969, Venezuela 2009. Memoria de la Fundación La Salle de Ciencias Naturales 2009.
  • First Live Pictures of a Pristobrycon careospinus. TFH (Tropical Fish Hobbyist), USA, November 2008.
  • Swimming With Cichlids. TFH (Tropical Fish Hobbyist), USA, July 2008.

Learn more about Mikolji’s articles here.

 

Videography specialized in international aquatic and subaquatic habitats, flora, and fauna

  • Crazy Journey Japan, 2019
  • Netflix, 2018
  • National Geographic TV, Australia 2013.
  • National Geographic TV, USA 2011.
  • Discovery Science. Canada, 2009.

 

Documentaries produced and edited about the Venezuelan aquatic fauna

  • Casupo, an eco-positive experience: January 15, 2010.
    Presented at:
    Auditorium of the Olympic Village, Edo. Carabobo, Venezuela, before officials of environmental institutions, teachers attached to the Ministry of Education of the Government of Carabobo, librarians, high school, and university students. January 26, 2011.
  • Freshwater Fish and Aquatic Fauna of Venezuela Part 1: Preservation: February 12, 2008.
    Featured in:
    National Science Museum, Venezuela on April 17, 2008.
    Institute of Biomedicine, Caracas, Venezuela, April 22, 2008.
    Institute of Geography, Central University of Venezuela, May 15, 2008.
    V Festival Ascent 2008, Environment Category, Celarg, Caracas, Venezuela, June 12, 2008.
    II Venezuelan Congress of Biological Diversity, May 24, 2011.
  • Freshwater Natural Aquarium Documentary: 02 June, 2008.
    Presented at:
    The Gold Coast Aquarium Society of South Florida, USA on July 2, 2008.
    Tenth Colombian Ichthyology Symposium and Second Colombo Venezuelan Meeting of Ictiologists and First South American Meeting of Ictiologists. Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia, May 2009.
    Presidency of the Venezuelan Institute of Scientific Investigations (IVIC), Venezuela, 2010.
    Congress of the Organization of Cichlids of Scandinavia. Gothenburg, Sweden, April 2012.
  • Morichal Largo River: January 31, 2007.
  • Piranha 1: January 31, 2007.
  • Wolf Fish: January 31, 2007.

 

Award-winning Documentaries

  • First place in the annual contest of Fecoven, Caracas, Venezuela 2008, reporting mention, jury vote.
  • Second Place in the annual contest of Fecoven, Caracas, Venezuela 2008, reporting mention, public vote via Internet.

 

Acknowledgments to Mikolji

  • Fototeca de Barquisimeto 2018

 

Interviews to Mikolji

  • Carlos Eduardo López, Photo Library of Barquisimeto, Venezuela 2019
  • Isabella Marinelli C., Construarte Magazine, Valencia, Venezuela 2018
  • Camila de la Fuente, Hotbook Magazine, Mexico, 2018
  • Neven Vorkapić for Akvarij.NET, Republic of Croatia 2018
  • Markéta Rejlková, Akvarium Magazine, Czechoslovakia 2010

Learn more about Mikolji’s press here.