After many years in a full-time and highly demanding career as a scuba diving trainer/freediving trainer and entrepreneur, he finally decided to follow his natural vocation for art, professionally, that is, because Carlos Serra-Marchal has been painting for years. But it took some convincing from a renowned artist and several distressing events to finally push him into taking the artistic path. His once concealed talent, now exploding, is in plain sight for your enjoyment.
In 2010, Serra-Marchal was selected, by unanimous vote, a member of the OCEAN ARTIST SOCIETY, an organization founded by renowned marine-life artist WYLAND, famed marine-life artist GUY HARVEY and prolific film-maker/photographer BOB TALBOT. Among its plans, the OAS is looking to establish a set of goals, within a time-frame, to bring worldwide awareness towards some major issues currently affecting the health of the oceans and the lives of many marine species on the verge of extinction. For more information about the OCEAN ARTIST SOCIETY, click the logo below
Years of underwater quests around the world kept Carlos Serra-Marchal from pursuing an earlier career as an artist. However, he doesn’t regret it, at least not completely, ever since it was his explorations beneath the surface of the ocean what allowed him to portray the beauty of this alien world within our world over the canvas. There are millions of artists worldwide, but only a handful, very successful many of them, can focus on this exotic realm of the fine arts. And Carlos Serra-Marchal, most certainly, is bound to be among the top. His "The Rest of the Warrior" has been placed among the most famous marine-life paintings in the world, next to Wyland's Whaling Walls, "Paradise Found" by David Miller and "Dance des Dolphins" by Christian Rise Lassen, by the website Ehow. Click the link here.
It’s part of the trade. You cannot be a sea-lover without showing apprehension for the rapid deterioration of our oceans. But the question is, what is everyone doing to make a difference? What is our individual or combined commitment to stop, reverse or at least minimize the negative impact of human interaction with the seas? In his paintings the artist portrays marine life with an intrinsic touch of humanity, whether that shows through the actions rendered in the paint’s subject, the expressiveness in the eyes of the creatures or the occasional interactions with the human figures. As an active promoter through his former diving business, as a former Course Director for PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) and their Project AWARE, as an organizer and participant in multiple Beach Cleanup projects and now looking to actively participate and cooperate with some global organizations and with his paintings, Carlos Serra-Marchal wants to increase awareness on this sensitive matter, because as he says, “The ocean dwellers, unless protected, will perish, and with them… us!”
Carlos Serra-Marchal is a member and supporter of the following organizations:
Dozens of articles written for specialized magazines, technical diving manuals, and a published book comprises this other area of the artist’s creative repertoire. “THE LAST ATTEMPT”, his published book, can be obtained through any major bookstore worldwide and also through Amazon.com and online book retailers like Barnes & Nobles.
The following is a description found on those websites about “THE LAST ATTEMPT”:
“THE LAST ATTEMPT” by Carlos Serra. While attempting to set a new record in the extreme sport of freediving, Audrey dies. Something had gone terribly wrong and despite a massive media attention, many questions remained unanswered. Suspicion fell over her husband, the legendary freediver known as Pipin, prompting his business partner, Carlos Serra, a brother-like to Audrey, to promise an investigation to determine responsibilities, if any. But Pipin rejected the motion and that’s when the struggle between Serra and Pipin began. THE LAST ATTEMPT is the result of that investigation, and with a surprising conclusion, it comprises the whole story as it actually occurred.