by Victor Castillo
4 Nov 2021 - 27 Feb 2022
Castillo’s use of symbolism and literary devices is sharpened by his masterful mixing of pop culture and classical art imagery including medieval prints, political caricatures, punk, graffiti, and other counter culture graphics.
In his first solo exhibition in London, Castillo challenges the viewer to observe the world as it is instead of how it’s presented to us from above. ‘FOOLS!’ also encourages us to appreciate the dreamy landscapes associated with being comfortably numb.
Victor Castillo was born in Santiago, Chile in 1973. He began drawing obsessively at the age of five, inspired by the animations he saw on television, science fiction movies, and the illustrations on record covers such as Pink Floyd’s “The Wall”. In 2004 Victor moved to Barcelona, Spain, where he dedicated himself to painting. He established his style with references to comics, graffiti, as well as old master paintings in particular, Goya’s Black Paintings after seeing them at the Prado Museum. His work continues to display these influences, as seen in his first solo London exhibit ‘FOOLS!’, while subverting recognisable iconography to question our perceived agency.