José Castiella Biography

In his work, José Castiella explores, through a constant speculation with his materials, the possibility of new life forms after collapse. This ongoing research reflects and expresses his own concerns regarding the unknown. He proposes the generation of a new world, as a way of mirroring the current one.

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The artists characters arise as a result of accident and chance in an entropic process in which poured paint and mark-making are transferred to linen on the floor of his studio. Once dried, and with the canvas on the wall, characters start to appear. This leads to a form of narration through representation. The paint itself suggesting life and content.

Castiella’s practice is rich in references to art history and popular culture alike. Each compositions population of paint-characters connect conversely with Hieronymus Bosch and isometric RPG videogame aesthetics. Likewise, the tragic-comic appearance of the work seems to undergo some of the cosmic terror of H.P Lovecraft, melted into the influence of Yōkai , Moebius, and Studio Ghibli anime.

This is a world with the appearance of sci-fi, that seems to tell us about our hidden impulses, an inner journey, or the fear of the unknown.

José Castiella (Pamplona, 1987) studied Fine Arts at the University of the Basque Country and then completed his Masters in Fine Arts at Goldsmiths College in London. He currently lives and works between Madrid and Pamplona. He has participated in individual and collective exhibitions in Spain, the UK and Mexico at Salón Acme ( México 2019) Injuve Projects 2017 (2018), Galería libertad (México), Patio Herreriano de Valladolid (2014), Goldsmiths MFA Fine Art Degree (London, UK, 2014), Zona Arte Joven (Baluarte, Pamplona, 2013), Encuentros Navarra 2011 (Huarte Contemporary art centre), and Bedscapes (Guggenheim Bilbao, 2009). His work has been seen in international contemporary art fairs, such as London Art Fair (UK), Material (México DF), or Casa Leibniz (Madrid).

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Deceiver by José Castiella contemporary artwork painting
José Castiella Deceiver, 2022 Acrylic oil on linen
116 x 89 cm
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Prophet by José Castiella contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
José Castiella Prophet, 2022 Acrylic on linen
146 x 180 cm
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Deceiver by José Castiella contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
José Castiella Deceiver, 2022 Acrylic oil on linen
116 x 89 cm
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Jinete III by José Castiella contemporary artwork painting
José Castiella Jinete III, 2022 Acrylic oil on linen
40 x 30 cm
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Mentiroso by José Castiella contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
José Castiella Mentiroso, 2023 Acrylic on linen
40 x 30 cm
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Jinete IV by José Castiella contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
José Castiella Jinete IV, 2022 Acrylic oil on linen
40 x 30 cm
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A new way by José Castiella contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
José Castiella A new way, 2023 Acrylic on linen
40 x 30 cm
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Sepulcro balqueado by José Castiella contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
José Castiella Sepulcro balqueado, 2023 Acrylic on linen
40 x 30 cm
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