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Visitor's voice

Jim Knox

Curator of Education -
Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo

“Dinofy will undoubtedly inspire others to take actions on behalf of wildlife and our planet"

Carolyn Rinaldi

Associate Curator of Education -
Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo

"Dinofy is innovative and exceptional. Especially the way that incorporates sensory perspective in the context of light, diurnal, crepuscular and nocturnal phases"

Logan Fisher

Horticulturist - Trust for Governors Island

"The messaging is so inspiring!!! With darkness comes light! Helping guide the path to conservation"


Artist's Bio

René Ugarte Bio

Visual Artist Conservation Advocate Dinosaur Enthusiast.

From Caracas, Venezuela / NYC for 14 years / Inspired on the AMNH


In a world where the rhythms of nature take precedence, and life is an intricate dance with the environment, I found my calling as an artist, conservationist, and messenger of hope. I am René Ugarte, a visual artist originally hailing from the lush landscapes of Caracas, Venezuela, and I've been on a lifelong journey to express my deep connection with the natural world and the animal kingdom.

From a very young age, my heart was drawn to the wonders of the natural world. I remember even protecting the ants that crossed my path, realizing that I couldn't save every individual, but I could contribute to the larger ecosystem. This strong connection with nature was instilled by my upbringing, led by my parents who established a conservation non-profit named "Plantar" back in Venezuela. Together, we planted seeds while expressing my dad's art and these seeds would one day grow into towering trees, and this experience filled me with an unwavering sense of purpose.


My fascination with the majesty of ancient creatures was sparked by the iconic film "Jurassic Park." As I moved to the bustling metropolis of New York City, living in proximity to the American Museum of Natural History, I found myself drawn to these prehistoric giants that were so close! even when just fossilized. I began visiting the museum to draw inspiration from their incredible exhibits, especially since it was an activity I could do for a really low cost.


A decade later, I decided to embark on a new chapter in my artistic journey. It was time to define my artistic style, one that would be a culmination of my lifelong passion for conservation, my fascination with dinosaurs, and my experiences in the visual fields, having worked in film, television, theatre, media, design, and marketing. I was determined to channel all of my skills and creativity into my art, not only as a form of self-expression but also as a means to convey a message of hope.

My artistic journey isn't just about capturing the beauty of endangered animals and ancient creatures. It's about inspiring hope in the hearts of all, even in the darkest of times. My personal experiences, including the challenges in love and periods of unemployment, have taught me that in the face of adversity, we must find our own light in the darkness. For me, working on my passion is not only a form of self-expression but a testament to the fact that there's always a way to find hope, even when it seems elusive.


Through my art, I aim to inspire others to discover that same spark of hope within themselves, help others, especially those who are almost fully lost, to recognize the importance of conservation, and to appreciate the magnificence of the natural world. Join me on this journey of art, conservation, and hope as we work together to illuminate the world, one canvas at a time.

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