Using Mother Nature As a Canvas- Sean & Gabe Yoro

Updated: Apr 19, 2020

Sean Yoro (on the left) and Gabe Yoro (on the right)

Artist Profiles:

  • Sean and Gabe Yoro are twin brothers who were born and raised on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu.

  • They both are incredible artists, but they focus on different mediums. Although Sean is a fine art painter and Gabe is a designer and photographer, they are able to combine their crafts to create their beautiful yet eerie art projects.

  • Sean uses eco-friendly paints and materials to paint faces and figures on icebergs, glaciers, submerged concrete, trees, and other canvases in nature. Gabe uses underwater cameras and video gear to document the artwork before they wash away, melt, or disappear. Together, they test the limits in nature's elements to address environmental issues and sustainability through their love of art and storytelling.


"Deep Seads" Series

  • This series hopes to raise awareness on protecting coral reefs by testing the physical limits of the artist and the art itself. Creating these murals underwater required a lot of time and training.

  • Sean began this project by creating artificial reefs, which will help facilitate marine growth, and free diving to the ocean floor to draw on concrete and metal structures.

  • Hopefully, in years to come, the ocean floor will be full of thriving reefs and marine organisms.


"Ko'ana" Series

  • This 40 ft mural of a woman was painted on a concrete wall along the Bay of Fundy to show the extreme tides of Saint John, New Brunswick. The submergence of the woman by the tides shows the impact of climate change.


"A'oana" Series

  • Non-toxic paints were used directly on melting glaciers to demonstrate the effect of global warming on glaciers and Arctic ice.

"We’d planned to do four murals on the ice floating in the bay, but the icebergs kept flipping and cracking much faster than we’d anticipated. There I was, standing on my paddleboard, screwed into these giant pieces of ice with ice screws, and they kept melting at this incredible rate as we worked. We were only able to finish two.” - Gabe Yoro

These are only three series from their diverse portfolio. However, all of their impermanent works in impossible places reveal the fragility of the Earth and how temporary nature is becoming. You can follow more of their work on their website:, Instagram:, and YouTube:


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