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Peruvian Artist Paints Pictures Underwater

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A Peruvian artist has taken the plunge to make his childhood dream of painting underwater a reality.

Wearing scuba diving gear, Pascual Mimbela dives into the Pacific waters of Talara province with his brushes, spatulas, oils and canvases.

Mimbela paints the colorful fish he sees glide by, as well as the reefs and other aquatic sea life.

Mimbela said he became fascinated with the sea when he was a child, and dreamt of one day painting from the ocean floor.

"All my life I've painted boats, fish, beaches and waves. But this time, I decided to take it further," he said.

"I wanted to do something different. I wanted to see for myself, with my own eyes the depths of the sea," Mimbela added.

Mimbela's artwork went on display on January 15th at the main square of the town of Los Organos.

The painter said he wants his artwork to raise awareness about the importance of protecting and respecting marine life.

He has created 16 underwater oil paintings since he started last year.

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