Swiss and Bahamas-based Cornèr Bank’s newest art exhibition by photographer and video artist Pia Oyarzun managed to stun a sophisticated audience.
Oyarzun who free dives, frequently reaches 60 feet while holding her breath for a minute or more to capture images of the majesty of the underwater world.
Brazilian-born Oyarzun came to The Bahamas more than five years ago to work for Stuart Cove’s Dive Bahamas. It was there her interest in underwater photography became a passion and her desire to frame and capture on canvas evolved into a commitment to protect what she filmed.
“It was hard at first, very hard,” said Oyarzun. “But soon I learned how to hold my breath for long periods of time underwater and it felt natural. The animals, they are so beautiful. The ocean is my passion. I hope you get to see it for yourself, to love it, to protect it.”
Part proceeds from the sale of Oyarzun’s work at the Cornèr Bank event went to the Perry Institute for shark research in The Bahamas.
Banker Werner Gruner described Oyarzun’s work as “artful … tasteful.”
“It is a kind of art that I have never encountered before. I am accustomed to seeing art above the water, but never have I seen art created more than 20 meters (60 feet) underwater. What she has done is taken us on a journey with a result that is artful and tasteful,” said Gruner.