For years he has been popping up all over social media as “The Cave Painter.” Yes, he hangs in the air with the greatest of ease, wielding his brush while dangling at the end of a rope, deep inside the bowels of the earth.
This unique Mexican artist is Victor Cruz García and I recently had the pleasure of chatting with him about his unusual wedding of art and speleology.
“Why do you do it and how do you do it,” I asked him. “And how did it all begin?”
Cruz, who is from Mexico City, credits his older brother Claudio for sparking his interest in caving more 15 years ago.
“When I was a kid, Claudio was doing rock climbing and was kind enough to let me tag along. Later he got interested in caving and joined a cave-rescue group called URION. In 2007, they organized a speleological congress in Cuetzalan in the state of Puebla and my brother asked me to design a poster for the event. After I made the poster, the people promoting this congress expressed an interest in holding an expo of paintings showing some of Mexico’s most beautiful caves.