Freshwater Needlefish 2937

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

Image Details

Potamorrhaphis guianensis 2937 – May, 2013

Pozo Azul, Amazonas State, Venezuela

(Western Guiana Shield)

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

Ewa-Marine U-B 100 Underwater Housing

f/4, 1/200, ISO 400, 0 e.v.

Latitude: 5°49’25.05”N

Longitude: 67°28’55.46”W


Explorer’s Notes

These are remarkable fish to see in the wild, with their incredibly long, needle shape snout filled with tiny teeth.

They are strict surface water dwellers, very shy, and hard to approach in their habitat. It took me many years to find a specimen that was kind enough to let me approach it and photograph it for a couple of minutes.

Their unusual body shape allows them to swim over dense overgrowth of aquatic plants and behind fallen tree branches in extremely shallow water.

Also, as they swim right beneath the water’s surface, underwater reflections create a duplicate visual confusion which makes them really hard to spot, even if they are right in front of you.

To hunt their prey, they place their body right next to a floating stick or branch and wait, motionless, for small fish to pass by, before striking with incredible speed.


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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