Feb 22, 2022
In this episode, we speak with Marcos Castro more about his history and practice including his experience working collectively in Mexico City, providing space for artists and people to gather, create, and share, the limits of mastering a skill like drawing, using the concept of La raza cósmica (The Cosmic Race) to discuss those left out of Mexico’s history, painting beyond the canvas, and making work with the wonder of children in mind.
Mexican-born artist Marcos Castro works across a wide range of different media, connecting with the idea of art as a sacred sphere. Primarily based on his drawing skills as a key to his creative process, he also makes painted ceramics, installations, paintings, and murals. The challenge in his ouvres to capture symbolic elements in myths, local stories and in national history or natural environments in order to exploit their potential to generate new identities from old images. “Ruins” are a leitmotif across his work. The essence of this approach is to show subjects in new and revelatory ways, and in doing so to heighten their physical and emotional resonance. This is why Castro is so interested in the power of rituals and mural as they produce a space for commonality and utopia for art experience.