Black Spot Piranha 708

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

Image Details

Pygocentrus cariba 708 – August, 2012

Caño de Rosa, Apure, Venezuela

(Flooded Savannas)

Sony NEX-7, Sony E 16mm f/2.8 Lens + Sony E Fisheye Conversion Lens

Aquapac SLR Case

f/4, 1/200, ISO 500, 0 e.v.

Latitude: 7°12’39.70”N

Longitude: 67°40’50.29”W


Explorer’s Notes

Pygocentrus cariba are the only piranhas I have seen that are constantly schooling in the wild. They swim under aquatic plants or the shade of trees during most of the day, resting.

They are one of the few fish that seem to be susceptible to UV rays and try their best to avoid direct sunlight.

Juveniles are very active during sunset where they gather in schools to corner fish against the river banks where one-by-one they take turns attacking and feeding.

Large mature piranhas get a bluish-purple body color in the breeding season.

Large schools of P. cariba are followed by Hemiodus cf. immaculatus, Schizodon scotorhabdotus, and Brycon falcatus.

An interesting discovery I made was that you can call them by shaking a handful of keys underwater. When you shake the keychain, large amounts of these beautiful piranhas start arriving from every direction and start schooling around you, agitated by the noise.

That, my friends, is when the underwater photography fun begins!


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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