Black-Spot Tetra 9983

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

Image Details

Hemigrammus levis 9983 – August, 2013

Caño Picantonal, Amazonas, Venezuela

(Western Guiana Shield)

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

Ewa-Marine U-B 100 Underwater Housing

f/6.7, 1/200, ISO 100, -1 e.v.

Latitude: 5°44’28.57”N

Longitude: 67°31’54.58”W


Explorer’s Notes

When I was photographing underwater, I noticed that once in a while a Black-Spot Tetra would come over to a Cabomba sp. flower which had bloomed underwater, put one of the petals of the flower in its mouth, shook it, and then left. Soon, another Black- Spot Tetra would come and do the same thing.

I went and inspected the flower and noticed they were not damaging or biting the petals. They were only shaking them. So, I grabbed my camera and waited until I took a picture of this behavior.

I asked many ichthyologists if they ever had heard of underwater pollination by fish, but they all said no.


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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