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Castillo, Mario

digital art
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Chicago Arts District Alumni

Perceptualism is a term I coined in 1993 to describe my paintings. I started to do Perceptualist work before I became aware of the Magic-Eyee art only in the way that perception is altered my approach and technique are otherwise totally different. The layering of images comes directly from Cave Art and it is a technique I have used since 1961.

My current work is post-modernist in approach. It is a mixture of various stylistic tendencies derived from Folk Art, Cubism, Realism, Expressionism, Impresionism, Hard-Edge Paintng, Pop Art, Futurism, and most significantly Surrealism, Optical Art and Pre-historic Art. The Surrealistic tendencies are present in the manner I pictorially treat various Meso-american themes such as Quetzalcoatl (the feathered serpent), Mayahuel (the goddess of the Maguey plant) and the Nagual (a shaman).


Of his involvement with art, Mario Castillo says, I feel a sense of responsibility to be true to myself and to my personal history. This in turn gives me the foundation with which I approach and interpret my environment, society, and the world. My paintings should be and is a synthesis of all the input which exists within my total self.. Castillo received his BFA from the School of the Art Institute, Chicago and an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts. He currently resides in Chciago and teaches at Columbia University. In 1968, Castilloos mural Metaphysics launched the Mexican mural movement in Chicago. Since 1983, Castillo has utilized the 3000-year-old faces from Pre_columbian Chupicnaro culture as a springboard for his work and is, without question, one of the most versatile and intriguing Mexican artists living in the United States.

Chupicuaro Extensionss, Foyer Galleries, Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center, Pueblo, CO.

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