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Humberto Castro

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Humberto Castro
 
Background

Education

  • Academy of Fine Arts San Alejandro
  • Higher Institute of Art
  • San Alejandro National School of Fine Arts
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Humberto Castro Art
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Humberto Castro belongs to the 1980's generation of Cuban artists. His existential language is based on the use of the stylized human figure; the treatment and context of which transmits an array of messages ranging from the political denunciation to the purely poetic.
Humberto Castro, Mis ideas determinan tus limitaciones, 1988
Humberto Castro: The Paris Years, is his first individual exhibition in a US museum. The collection presents a retrospective vision of Castro's work, which includes a selection of the artistic production completed during his stay in the City of Light (1989-1999), as well as a painting done in Cuba and various recent pieces done in Miami.
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During the first years in Paris, Castro completed two series based on the Minotaur and the zodiac signs. The pieces chosen for the exhibition show how all the characteristics already mentioned consolidate as the artist explores the effects of time on human existence. The Parisian elegance and glamour are tacitly shown in the figures of the early 1990's. Strong tones are combined with fluidity of line, creating sensual and even erotic images. For instance, in La luna más alta (The Highest Moon) (1990), the fire-red hues make the main figure, a nude woman lying in a provocative pose, look more aggressive.
Humberto Castro, Sea Horse, 1998, Museum of Fort Lauderdale
After a transitory period, when he produced earth-colored works with more universal symbols, like La luna y la espiral (The Moon and the Spiral) (Equinox, 1991), Castro develops a series based on the Minotaur.
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Humberto Castro, Minotauro, 1994
In 1995, as the massive exodus of Cuban balseros went on, Castro develops a new theme. New organic forms appear in his canvases, specifically the snail, a symbol of the home and of the traveler who carries his home on its shoulders (Bleu [Blue], 1998). Cuba's map, as well as the balsero , also appears in some of the pieces (Fuga nocturna [Night Escape], 1995). They are symbols that avoid being anecdotal due to Castro's contextual treatment of them in each individual painting.
From the marine theme forward -and surely influenced by the pneumatic inner tubes used by the balseros- Castro develops several paintings where figures appear enclosed in circular spaces.
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It is obvious, Castro has reached maturity in his pictorial works. These pieces, like Invasión (Invasion), 2001, and Cuerda Floja (Tight Rope), 2001, show total technical as well as thematic mastery.
Humberto Castro, Como los peses, 1998
Perhaps this is the reason why he explores the realms of sculpture and installation. The exhibit presents various works in bronze: Minotauro, 2001, a torso that makes reference to the work done in Paris; Maredón, 2001, a character sitting on a chair with his hands tied and strangled by an oar; and El muro de los lamentos (The Wailing Wall), 2001, a character with an incrusted oar placed in front of a wall painted with skulls. These tridimensional pieces are of great force, but they lack the sensuality of the pictorial works. No doubt, the theme of exile is too strong to be represented in a form other than the hard image Humberto Castro depicts in his enormous bronzes.
Humberto Castro, Learning to Share, 2007
Humberto Castro Links
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Here are some links to sites which offer information obout Humberto Castro. We hope they can be useful but can not ensure the quality or the content.
ArtSpace/Virginia Miller Galleries Humberto Castro's work - ArtSpace/Virginia Miller Galleries
Galeria Akie Arichi Humberto Castro's work - La Galerie Akie Arichi
Allen Sheppard Gallery Humberto Castro's work- Allen Sheppard Gallery
Cremata Gallery Humberto Castro's work - Cremata Gallery
Pan American Art Gallery Humberto Castro's work - PanAmerican Art Project
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Humberto Castro's work - ArtSpace/Virginia Miller Galleries
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Humberto Castro's work - RoGallery
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Humberto Castro's work - The Dream, oil on canvas
Cernuda Arte Gallery Humberto Castro's work - Cernuda Art Gallery
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Humberto Castro's work - The Farber Collection Contemporary Cuban Art
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HUmberto Castro's page on Facebook.com
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Humberto Castro's page on MySpace.com
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Humberto Castro Channel on Youtube.com
Absolute Arts The Paris Years - Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale
Art Nexus No. 43 April 2002 Humberto Castro - Museo de Arte by Francine Birbragher
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Humberto Castro by Irina Leyva
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Humberto Castro by Ricardo Pau-Llosa
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Artist Humberto Castro at ArtSpace by Janet Batet
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Humberto Castro on Artnet.com
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Inauguran en Miami Exposicion del pintor Humberto Castro
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Humberto Castro Exhibit at Virginia Miller Gallery
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Humberto Castro - Cover Page: Mimetisme 2002
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Humberto Castro in Wikipidia (English and Spanish)
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Humberto Castro in Wikipidia (Spanish)
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Humberto Castro, Arturo Cuenca y Ruben Torres-Llorca (video)
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Humberto Castro at ArtSpace/Virginia Miller Galleries
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(Miami) Humberto Castro expone en Cremata Gallery
Blog - Lapiz y Nube Humberto Castro: New Cities by Ernesto Menendez-Conde
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Humberto Castro at ArtSpace/Virginia Miller Galleries
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Humberto Castro's exhibitions (Miami and New York)
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