Amazon Leaffish 5104

36 x 24 in – Series of 20
Dye sublimation on aluminum

Image Details

Amazon Leaffish 5104 – January, 2014

Caño el Pozo, Amazonas, Venezuela

(Western Guiana Shield)

Monocirrhus Polyacanthus 5104

Sony SLT-A99V, Sony A 50mm f/2.8Macro Lens

Ewa-Marine U-B 100 Underwater Housing

f/4, 1/200, ISO 200, -0.5 e.v.

Latitude: 3°59’14.30”N

Longitude: 67°38’19.75”W


Explorer’s Notes

To me, this fish has the spirit of the Amazonas. When I am swimming with them in the wild I get an introspective realization that I’m in the middle of the jungle.

I have only found this fish south of the Meta and Orinoco Rivers confluence, so they seem restricted to the upper Orinoco.

Throughout all my years of exploring, I have seen them in different colors such as bright yellow, brown, reddish-brown, and some that are so dark they look black.

They use dead leaf crypsis both for defense and for hunting their prey. They hang out either near the surface next to floating leaves or at the bottom of the river near the leaf litter.

Leaffish are outrageous predators that when in range of a succulent, unfortunate, unaware critter, they use their protruding jaw to suck and trap their prey in their mouth cavity. The victim will never know what happened!


What exactly am I purchasing?

You are buying the artwork that is in front of you in the gallery. It is number one in a series of 20 for that size and medium. Once you purchase it, you can pick it up after the exhibition closes (around August 1st) or arrange for shipping or delivery to your home. You will also receive a certificate of authenticity that will be mailed to you within 30 days of purchase.

What is a Dye Sublimation in Aluminum metal print?

The piece you are purchasing is a Chromaluxe dye sublimation on aluminum. Heat infused aluminum prints have been shown to resist fading for 65+ years and last 2-4 times longer than traditional photo-based silver papers.

Is this artwork part of a series? If so, how many were printed?

The prints in this exhibition are a series of 20, so only 20 of this specific size and media will ever be made.

Who is Ivan Mikolji?

“You Cannot Preserve What You Don’t Know Exists.” Groundbreaking Venezuelan artist and river explorer Ivan Mikolji’s motto exemplifies his life’s mission: to promote knowledge and inspire the preservation of the planet’s aquatic ecosystems.

Mikolji’s artwork celebrates the elements, aquascapes, and landscapes that he has intimately experienced as a lifetime explorer, researcher, and photographer. Mikolji’s artwork guides the viewer’s journey into rarely seen underwater worlds.

Free Book with Print

Special exhibition promotion.

Get a complimentary copy of the book Fishes of the Orinoco in the Wild by Ivan Mikolji with your metal print investment, or Get a 10% coupon when you purchase the book online on our website.

You can also purchase the book in person at Books and Books in Coral Gables or online at Amazon.com

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