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He believes that there are two types of artists, the ones that are natural born and the ones that want to learn and go on to master the skill. Castillo recalls that even at a very young age art and how the colors mixed and blended together intrigued him. He was so fascinated by it that he begged his father for private lessons in oil painting. It was after that when everything started to fall in to place.
After graduating from The University of Texas Pan American he decided he wanted to extent his education and experience in the art world of Mesoamerican. As a U.S diplomat, he traveled to Latin America and studied the art culture and worlds of the Inca, Mayan and Aztecs. He received the education of a lifetime, because to him understanding their culture was to understand their ancestors and their counterparts, the Anunnakies. It was this experience and his travels that made the epic impact on his artwork and influenced his love for Xicano Arte.
Celerino states, “Todays, the world cultura is used loosely. I cherish my cultura because I have no 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.”
Apart from Xicano Arte, he has a love for painting images of his Vietnam experience. To him this is his self-medication, something that he attempts to share with the veterans of all wars by doing art work or them. He does numerous pieces reflecting his experience and has been commissioned to create pieces for the veterans. Last year, he was commissioned by HEB and Operation Finally Home RGV to submit a piece that portrayed U.S Marine Sgt. Jacob de la Garza’s deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan. The piece was unveiled in January 30, 2015 at his new residence in Edinburg, Texas.
To him, the greatest satisfaction comes from hearing family members try and explain the emotions and reactions of their loved ones when presented with one of his commissioned pieces. He recalls feeling the same emotions when making artwork for his father.
Castillo’s studio is located in Art Studio by Design; he displays his Vietnam artwork and Xicano Arte in the Gallery. He also gives private art lessons to all ages and level students. He has a love for drawing, detail and mixed media and enjoys passing on his knowledge and passion for art to others. He takes his students from start to finish and helps them accomplish wonderful pieces of artwork all unique in their own way.