Vietnam & Chicano Arte
They say that there are two types of artists in this world: One, you’re born with it, and the second is to master it.
At a very young age, I found it intriguing of how colors mixed in the arts. I was so intrigued that I requested from my father for private classes in oil painting. After that, everything felt into place.
After graduating from Pan American University, I continued to extent my education in the art world of Mesoamerica. As a U.S diplomat I traveled to Latin America and studied the art culture worlds of the Inca, Mayan, and Aztecas. I received an education of a life time, because understanding their culture was to understand their ancestors and their counterparts, the Anunnakies. This made an epic impact on my influencing of what is now known as Xicano arte.
Today, the word “CULTURA” is used loosely. I cherish my CULTURA because I have not only lived it, but studied it in every aspect. And because of that, I have formulated my art on Chicanismo. Chicanismo is the root of our CULTURA.
My other love of art is painting images of my Vietnam experience. This is my self-medication, which I attempt to share this with all veterans of all wars, in doing their art work. Most recently, I was commission by HEB and Operation Finally Home to submit a piece of art which dictated U.S. Marine Sgt. Jacob de la Garza deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan. This piece of art work was unveiled on Jan.30, 2015 at his new resident.
Sometimes the best satisfaction feeling is when I hear family members, try to explain the emotions from their love ones when they present the veteran with one of my commissioned works. I certainly can attest to this feeling because I had the same experience when I did my art on my father.
For the month of March, I will be showcasing my art at Art Studio by Design located at 722 North Main Street McAllen, Texas. On March 06, during Art Walk, (6-9pm) I will hold a reading of Paul Preacher’s latest art work. The piece of art is a 3 foot bronze statue of an RTO in Vietnam. It was an honor and privilege in designing the RTO.
Celerino “Cele” Castillo, 3rd
Artist, Author, & Vietnam Combat Veteran