As a result of that country’s civil war, he immigrated to Canada in 1989. Much of his art is based on collage, using images he finds in publications or re-cycles from his earlier works. For his solo show at Galerie Yves Laroche, the artist uses both sides of mylar. ‘‘Gluing a cut-out on the back of the paper creates an opacity and adds to the image when it is viewed from the front.’’ His surrealist narratives are redolent of his heritage: his life experiences – madonnas / religion, the military / weapons. Initially viewed as full of horrific images, many have lovely little pale flowers. His non-linear compositions combine political commentary with popular folk-art of South America. Skulls therefore have a dual meaning, recalling the Dias de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) as well as political upheaval and war, not to mention the underground worlds of tattooing and graffiti. With fine draftsmanship, the artist re-cycles his own mythology, often re-using a shape or a ‘being’ in his art as he deals with issues of cultural memory and historical trauma. His drawings are fantastical fantasies. Repeatedly he uses the human body. Here a pregnant lady, there a helmet-clad monster-headed man. Arms and legs are often truncated. Through mono print works on paper and drawings, the artist communicates his personal lexicon of imagery in mythic form.

Castillo attended the Ontario College of Art and Design (Toronto 1998-2001) and received an MFA from Concordia University (2004-2007). He lives and works in Montreal, Canada.

Galerie Yves Laroche
6355, boulevard Saint-Laurent
Montreal externe)

November 14 – December 23, 2013
Vernissage November 14, 2013, 5 – 9 p.m.

Gaspar Ilom Against the Bestiary, 2013

My Tyrant, My Protest, My Myth (Detail), 2012

Santo Marero, 2013

The Huntress, 2013

Wondering Dog, 2013