Bryan el Castillo is a contemporary artist who works in a variety of media. His works focuses on identity, communication, and the influence of new media on our lives.
The new series of sculpted paintings focuses again on the concept of defragmented reality and the role of the individual in contemporary society. During years of experimentation with painting and collage, the new series developed towards a fusion of painting and sculpture: artworks are constructed as bass reliefs from individual painted blocks of wood. On a conceptual level, el Castillo combines painting, photography and sculpture into a unique work of art; on a technical level, he once again demonstrates his innovative spirit and extensive craftsmanship.
In his ongoing series of mixed media paintings, Bryan el Castillo reconstruct layers of photographs and oil painting to create one-of-a-kind artworks. The paintings are a reflection on the profound influence of television, film and digital image on the viewer's psyche, while also opening a path to search for identity within the system of an egocentric culture. For the artist, the world is a self-contained system shaped by cultural quotes and mediated opinions. The daily barrage of media images infiltrates the perception of one's own identity, as shown through the series of self-portraits. There are recognizable film stills, familiar faces, and discernable newspaper titles; however, their existence does not ultimately grant a detour back to reality. Instead, it opens another door towards the system from which they originated.
Bryan el Castillo also contributed his artistic interpretation to the environmental feature documentary film entitled "Amazon Gold," narrated by Academy Award winners Sissy Spacek and Herbie Hancock. His work has been exhibited in the United States and internationally, more recently at The Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art in Peekskill, New York and has acquired a devoted collector following.
El Castillo's Chanel-themed series of works incorporates fashion with a conceptual relationship to reinterpret the meaning of the brand in contemporary culture. Each painting creates an image focused on the ideology of symbol and its influence on his generation, since their penetration into the popular culture allowed them to acquire previously unrecorded meanings. Paintings from this series were exhibited together with the photographs of Coco Chanel, 1962, by Douglas Kirkland at Chanel Boutique exhibition space,
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