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Arts Outreach

Virtual Studio Visit: GERARDO CASTRO

Thursday, September 24th 5pm

Gerardo Castro was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico raised in New York and earned his MFA from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY in 1996. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including Cuba, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Budapest and major US Cities. He’s been published in countless publications – his painting, Afro-Furturism Yemaya is on the cover of Award winning novelist Orlando Ortega’s fiction novel “Savior of Sixth Street.” A select piece from his series on Latina women will be included in an art book on Afro-Boricua artists. Castro’s work illustrates the multiplicity of the Afro-Latino experience; connection to history, meaning and myth, ethnicity, gender and the culture of machismo.

He does and uses a lot of different things in his work that separately seem incompatible but yet once they are incorporated into the work they all reinforce each other. He describes his work as an Art that is political, erotic, and mystical – that brings to mind Magic Realism, Caribbean travel posters, Haitian voodoo flags and Latin album cover art. A place where Ana Mendieta, and Nick Cave meet Pop Art, a Quinceañera celebration, superficial kitsch, decorative and elaborate; a visual experience where high and low art co-exist. In 2008, Castro and his partner opened Newburgh Art Supply. Castro organizes the yearly Newburgh Open Studios now in its 10h year and also curates The Lightbulb Project – a Public Art event in Newburgh. Castro lives and has his painting studio in the Hudson Valley, in the city of Newburgh, NY.

www.GerardoCastroArt.com

IG: @GerardoCastroArt

Registration is required to attend this virtual event.

Arts Outreach Virtual Studio Visits are presented by Orange County Arts Council in partnership with Newburgh Free Library.

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