Andrea Castillo born and currently living in Los Angeles, California, received her MFA from Lesley University College of Art and Design in 2014. Her work has been shown at the CCCM, Mexican Center for Culture and Cinematic Arts (Los Angeles,CA), Hote Gallery (Los Angeles,CA), SOMArts (San Fransisco,CA), Richmond Art Center (Richmond,CA), Flux Factory (Brooklyn, NY), Queens Museum (Queens, NY), Slide Room Gallery (Vancouver, BC), Bemis Art Center (Omaha,NE), Vandernoot Gallery (Cambridge, MA), Ugly Duck (London, UK), and Villa Aymore (RJ, Brazil). She has been the recipient artist in residence for Vermont Studio Center (Johnson,VT), Grand Central Art Center (collaborative) (Santa Ana,CA), Signal Fire (Portland, OR), Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (Amherst, VA) with artist grant. Publications including her work are ArtMaze Magazine and The Los Angeles Times.
Her works explore representing the experience of what it means to inhabit a racialized body. She is a biracial cis-woman who is often only seen for her Latinx descent, inhabiting a sense of perpetual displace. Cropped ambiguous figures and vibrant colors interact with subconscious hallucinogenic representations narrating a world of the surreal. She merges the personal and depictions of memory to explore cultural dualities of physical and inner worlds. She challenges herself and the viewer in emphasizing various perceptions that are indiscernible within the confines of our domesticated eye and dismantle assumptions of our fixed subjectivity.
By combining the unusual, art historical compositions and relationships with the body she examines fragmented details of the body like hands or breasts constructed in the paintings to explore a coexisting identity. Recently she has been reappropriating art historical references on the formality of the female body coinciding with personal lived experiences resulting in a sense of intimate objectivity. She attempts to move away from socially identifiable bodies in attempt to explore the body as a way to decode social constructions of identity and to expand the female bodily form in more infinite ways.