Oscar Matos Linares (Linares Fine Art)
I grew up in Puerto Rico, an hour’s drive from the El Yunque National Forest Reserve, a Tropical Rainforest known for rare trees, lush flora and fauna.
My father gave me my first camera, meant to take on weekend camping trips in the National Forests, while working on my BA in Mathematics in 1989. This led me to the formal study of photography at the university. After two years of creating hundreds of images a week and countless hours behind the lens, I began developing my photographic eye.
After graduating, I relocated to Chicago, IL to continue studying photography at Columbia College and to refine my photographic skills and vision.
The gift of seeing:
“Covid year presented me with a great opportunity to go out and photograph in unfamiliar territory: both physically and emotionally. This changed me. I found a more refined, personal way of seeing. I wanted subjects and places that gave me peace and space for soul searching. To create a body of work without boundaries. My current work is a process of my evolution, and I am accomplishing my goal of sharing images of calm and peace.”