Mexican-born artist Marcos Castro works across a wide range of different media, connecting with the idea of art as a sacred sphere. Primarily based on his drawing skills as a key to his creative process, he also makes painted ceramics, installations, paintings, and murals. The challenge in his ouvres to capture symbolic elements in myths, local stories and in national history or natural environments in order to exploit their potential to generate new identities from old images. “Ruins” are a leitmotif across his work. The essence of this approach is to show subjects in new and revelatory ways, and in doing so to heighten their physical and emotional resonance. This is why Castro is so interested in the power of rituals and mural as they produce a space for commonality and utopia for art experience.
Castro (b. 1981, Mexico City, Mexico) studied Visual Arts at the “La Esmeralda” National School of Painting, Sculpture and Engraving in Mexico City. He has held various solo exhibitions both in Mexico and abroad, including: So it will be the past, Dot Fiftyone Gallery, Miami (2020); Tomorrow, ashes, Machete Gallery (2019), El Color del Sur, Machete Gallery, Mexico City (2017); Necessary Objects, Dot Fiftyone Gallery, Miami (2014); Future Ruins, Luis Adelantado Gallery, Mexico City (2013); Black Storms, El Clauselito, Museum of Mexico City, Mexico City (2012); Bestial Number, Museo Ex Teresa Arte Actual, Mexico City (2012); among other. Among his group exhibitions include: OTRXS MUNDXS, Museo Tamayo, Mexico City (2020), Estudio de Trazo, Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City (2014); Panoramic, Palace of Fine Arts, Mexico City (2013); Mystic Route, Museum of Contemporary Art of Monterrey, Monterrey (2013); History of A, Amparo Museum, Puebla, Mexico (2011). He has twice received the Young Creators scholarship from the National Fund for Culture and the Arts (FONCA) in 2007 and 2014. He completed the Dedazo residence in 2018, located in the Ejido Felipe Carrillo Puerto in Chiapas, Mexico; in 2014 he was chosen to be part of the Omi residence in New York; in 2008 he participated in the 18th Street Arts Center in Los Angeles, USA; and completed the Skowhegan, Maine, USA residency in 2016. He currently lives and works in Mexico City, where he is a founding member and co-director of the cultural space Obrera Centro.