With over ten years of experience, Humberto Vidal’s body of work combines fashion, fitness, and fine art photography. His images embody the elegance of the human form and the eroticism of it in the nude.
Vidal grew up between Elizabeth, New Jersey, and Caracas, Venezuela. There was no formal degree in photography in Venezuela, so even though he was interested in photography as a young adult, he pursued a career in business instead. After receiving his bachelor’s degree, he went into the aviation field, where he worked for 15 years.
While in aviation, his work offices were in front of the Caracas Museum of Contemporary Art and Museum of Fine Arts. Vidal visited the museums at least three times a week. Inspired by the art he saw, he decided to start photography as a hobby and enrolled in a Photography degree at The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. Vidal began considering taking up photography as a full-time career after receiving commissions even before graduating. Once he graduated, he made a career change and seriously pursued a career in photography by 2010.
Vidal credits his museum visits to Caracas as one of his biggest influences. There he saw the art of English artist Henry Moore, Venezuelan artist Carlos Cruz-Diez, and French photographer Henry Cartier-Bresson. However, he credits his biggest inspiration as the German-Australian photographer Helmut Newton and his approach to fashion and eroticism. Today, Vidal continues to visit galleries and museums at least once a week. Additionally, he is an avid collector of erotic photography books and reads art and photography books and magazines. Vidal also owns various erotic original prints from the Austrian Expressionist painter Egon Schiele. As part of his creative process, Vidal absorbs what he sees and transforms it into his style. Pieces of the visual information he consumes then are translated to his photographic work.
The photographs Vidal produces put the musculature of the human body as the focus. More specifically, his images highlight the curves and lines of the female body. Throughout his career, Vidal has collaborated primarily with female athletes. As fitness models often requested artistic photographs from him, his specialization became erotic female fitness photography. One of his favorite projects was his yoga and dance nudes which displayed flexibility and lithe forms. Additionally, he considers one of his masterpieces a fitness nude where all the muscles were visible and highlighted by employing intricate lighting techniques.
Vidal’s photographic work has appeared in various group exhibitions. He notably participated in the American Society of Media Photography exhibition in 2016 and was part of the Erotika exhibition at the Art & Design Gallery in the Miami Design District in 2018. Furthermore, in 2010, he was selected as one of the 100 best emerging photographers by Photographer’s Forum Magazine.
Apart from nude photography, Vidal also creates architectural and design photography.