Victor Castillo Chilean, b. 1973

Víctor Castillo is a visual artist, with studies in Visual Arts at the Universidad Católica de Chile in Santiago.

Mr Castillo began drawing obsessively at the age of five, inspired mostly by the cartoon animations he saw on television, science fiction movies, and the album cover illustrations of the records his family listened to during his childhood, especially Pink Floyd’s famous album The Wall.

After a disappointing stint at art school, Mr Castillo began participating in an independent collective in Santiago that was much closer to experimental art, creating installations that mixed both sculpture and video.

In 2004, Mr Castillo moved to Barcelona, where he established his own painting style with clear references and constant allusions to the world of comics. It was in Spain, after visiting the Museo del Prado and watching Goya’s Black Paintings in particular, where he incorporated aspects of classical painting in his work. Working along with the legendary Igaupop Gallery until its closing in 2010, the artist began to show his work internationally, exhibiting with great success in museums, galleries and fairs in Chile, Argentina, Peru, Colombia, Mexico, United States Canada, Germany, Spain, Turkey, Hong Kong, Japan and Australia, as well as in numerous publications.

Mr Castillo has created large-scale murals for the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes and the Centro Cultural Gabriela Mistral (GAM) in Santiago; the Museo de Arte Moderno (MAM) in Chiloé, Chile; the Centre de Cultura Contemporánia in Barcelona; and recently in Istanbul for The SOFA Collection and the Hush Hostel Lounge hotels. In addition to this, the artist has ventured into the audiovisual spectrum, premiering the short documentary film Hollywood Dreams, produced by Loica Films, in April 2018.

Víctor Castillo currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California.