Lvcas Fiat
Lvcas Fiat explores the Amazonia Rainforest nights searching for elusive and new praying mantis species Author: Leo Lanna / Projeto Mantis
2024

Lvcas Fiat

Naturalist Designer

elusive beauty in the darkest night

meet lvcas

Lvcas Fiat is a Brazilian Naturalist Designer, Visual Artist, Storyteller and Conservationist, National Geographic explorer, and TED speaker. Plunging into the dark nights of Amazonian rainforests, he searches for new and rare praying mantises and witnesses the beauty and wonder of wildlife alongside his partner Leo Lanna (EC50’23). Through their independent organization Projeto Mantis and his agency OOTECA, he is devoted to using design to expand our perception and understanding of our planet. In his expansive and exuberant multimedia work, branding meets science and design communicates conservation – ultimately shining a light and giving a voice to the discoveries and stories of the rainforest and its inhabitants. Extending his remarkable skills to other initiatives such as Instituto Juruá and Documenting Threatened Species (DoTS), his artistic and creative approach converts the public perception of value into knowledge and conservation.

elusive beauty in the darkest night
Nominated by: Angela Schuster, FR'91
Class of 2024 Location Brazil
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Lvcas Fiat gently handling one of the largest Atlantic Rainforest  mantises, the female of Stagmatoptera pia.
Lvcas Fiat gently handling one of the largest Atlantic Rainforest mantises, the female of Stagmatoptera pia. Author: Daniel Venturini

In 2017, amazed by the teeming wildlife observed on a nocturnal hike in the Atlantic Rainforest, I left my career in advertising to join Leo Lanna (my now husband) at his organization Projeto Mantis. Ever since then, I can be found more often out in the wild, under the veil of night. Out there, under the bright stars, I’ve witnessed thousands of creatures in their undisturbed natural habitat, and have been lucky enough to help discover new and rare praying mantis species.

In Brazil alone, we estimate that there are over 700 unique species of mantis, however only a mere 250 have been recorded. I have spent these last seven years searching for these species unknown to science – and while this journey couldn’t be more challenging, it is wondrously rewarding. Rainforests are brimming with undiscovered animals and mysteries – but how do we protect that which we do not know?

“I’m dedicated to building a future where design, art, and technology can expand the perception and understanding of our ecosystems and the fantastic beings that dwell there.”

- Lvcas Fiat

Science can project numbers, adopt nomenclature, and identify statistical hot spots, but it often communicates within an academic echo chamber – leaving normal people out of the conversation. That’s where I believe imagination and the arts can make science and conservation important to everyone in all corners of society. Through Projeto Mantis, and partnering my work with conservationists, scientists, and activists, I ensure that more people can rediscover and sense the beauty and wonder in our fascinating, fragile ecosystems – especially rainforests. I strive to fill the collective imagination with curiosity and astonishment, reconnecting individuals with nature so they can see that mankind’s greatest endeavor should be protecting and restoring our natural wonders.

We can only expand the frontiers of our knowledge as far as our curiosity goes. In our expeditions, I bring colors, sounds, textures, shapes, behaviors, and feelings of this wilderness I live in to answer such authentic and sincere questions – I want people to become connected to their own land again.
Through a combination of multimedia – Photography, storytelling, art, science, and communication – we aim to generate change and a plausible future for all life on this vibrant planet. When we go out on expeditions in search of extraordinary beings, we are leaving behind a legacy of admiration and a spirit to protect the natural world.

Art and Science are combined to represent the fantastic and beautiful  world of rainforests, where flashlights and ultraviolet lights reveal  two faces of the amazing ecosystems explored by Projeto Mantis.
Art and Science are combined to represent the fantastic and beautiful world of rainforests, where flashlights and ultraviolet lights reveal two faces of the amazing ecosystems explored by Projeto Mantis. Author: Leo Lanna & Lvcas Fiat / Projeto Mantis

As the threats to our world’s ecosystems increase, I feel the urge to evoke emotion, aesthetics, and imagination to help give voice and paint a picture for science, rainforests and wildlife. There is nothing more inspiring than nature, the invisible, the search for the unknown, and our vibrant biodiversity. I’m dedicated to building a future where design, art, and technology can expand the perception and understanding of our ecosystems and the fantastic beings that dwell there. By promoting Projeto Mantis’ ever-expanding work centered on biocultural diversity, improving and sharing my skills through expeditions in rainforests, and crafting impactful artwork, I hope to empower more rainforests and peoples to achieve a thriving nature.

As an artist, I develop artwork that inhabits imagination and familiar stories that remain untold. The visual, the aesthetic, the poetic, the dreams, were always important in our relationship to nature, be it for indigenous communities or early naturalists developing modern science and exploration. Since I joined Projeto Mantis, expanding our work to multiple audiences and communities, I’ve been able to rescue this fundamental role of art and subjectivity as an ally to science and conservation. I’ve become a naturalist designer unveiling the tropical rainforest nights, sharing them to larger audiences while inspiring partners, either artists or scientists, to immerse in their local, genuine nature with their minds and hearts alike.

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