The public was surprised because of the amazing skills of this artist who uses sunlight to make incredible pieces of arts. He is Michael Papadakis, he is a Colorado-based artist who is especializing in a unique form of storytelling. He is not a usual artist because he doesn’t paint inside a confined studio. He also didn’t use paint nor paint brushes because he uses mirrors instead and lenses to focus the powerful rays of the sun into the wooden panels to make such amazing art pieces.
It was back in 1816, when a Frenchman Joseph Nicephore Niépce made two cassettes fitted with a microscope lens. He had invented the photographic process coined heliography around 1826 to make the earliest known surviving photograph from nature, View from the Window at Le Gras. The said process used bitumen of Judea, an naturally occurring asphalt, as a coating on a glass or metal. It hardened in proportion to its exposure to light. When the plate was washed with oil of lavender, only the hardened areas remained.
Today, heliography means painting using refracted and reflected sunlight. When he had a trip along the Silk Road from Asia to Europe, Michael had learned the magnifying glass as a tool to create amazing art works. From that day, his new venture in arts has already begun. He would often hold a magnifying glass a few feet away from his canvass, there he would use the sun’s rays on a small, focused point and there he meticulously burns a lot of intricate designs onto the wooden panels.
It was very fortunate for him that his hometown gets around 300 days of sun yearly so he had a lot of time to practice every single day. His works amazed a lot of people around the world as he would always showcase them during live evens across the United States and in other countries.