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Victor Castillo

(Santiago, 1973)

He was born in Santiago, Chile in 1973, the same year that a military dictatorship was established in the country. Inspired by animation, science fiction films and illustrations from his family's records, he began drawing obsessively at the age of five. He later studied at the Universidad de Arte y Ciencias Sociales (ARCIS) and the Universidad Católica de Chile. He joined an independent and experimental artists' collective in Santiago that created mixed media, sculpture and video installations.

In 2004 he moved to Barcelona, where he devoted himself to painting and established his style with comics and graffiti as his medium. and graffiti as a reference. Over time he adopted aspects of classical painting and began to exhibit his work internationally. His exhibition Explicit Lyrics (Barcelona, 2007) was a crucial success, with El País newspaper devoting a full-page article to his tragicomic vision entitled The Triumph of Pop Surrealism. In 2010 he moved to Los Angeles, where he currently resides. Victor's works are included in the touring exhibition Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of High Fructose (USA). Years of High Fructose (USA, 2016-2017) and in Les Enfantes Terribles at the Lyon Biennale of Contemporary Art (France). Biennale of Contemporary Art (France, 2011). Also in international art fairs in Santiago, Hong Kong, Istanbul or Mexico City, as well as in newspapers, magazines and publications, magazines and publications. He has created large-scale murals at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de Chile (MNBA), in Santiago; at the Gabriela Mistral Centre (GAM) in Santiago, Chile; at the Museo de Arte Moderno Chiloé; at the Centro de Cultura Contemporánea de Barcelona (CCCB) in
Contemporánea de Barcelona (CCCB), Spain; La Fabricca del Vapore in Milan, Italy and at the Contemporary Istanbul art fair, among other installations.
With his works, Victor Castillo tells stories. As a contemporary chronicle, his paintings appropriate the narrative and logic of children's story illustration and the aesthetics of classical animation to present allegories about cruelty, fear, rebellion, greed, indoctrination, violence and other abuses of power that the artist sees as an imposition on a global scale. His colourful work has been described as political poetry that comes from the Latin American experience.


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