We welcome back Chilean born artist Victor Castillo who joins us with A Lot Of Fun which is pulled from his recently opened exhibition Born In ’73 at Los Angeles Merry Karnowsky’s KP Projects | MKG alongside fellow 1xRUN alum Tara McPherson. Never one to shy away from politics, Castillo’s latest releases focus very literally on the wolf in sheep’s clothing that most politicians are. Read on to find out more about Castillo’s latest release and more…
1x: Tell us a little bit about this image, what was the idea behind this painting?
Victor Castillo: A Lot of Fun is of a wolf dressing like a sheep. For me, that’s a metaphor about politicians. I first painted a version of this image last year in my mural for the Centro Gabriela Mistral in Santiago, Chile.
1x: What materials were used on this piece?
Victor Castillo: The original painting is acrylic on canvas, 40 x 40 inches. It’s on view at my show in Los Angeles until April 2.
1x: When was this image created?
Victor Castillo: Over the course of the last two months, in January and February of 2016.
1x: Tell us how the idea and execution came about?
Victor Castillo: Watching classic animations and reading the news.
1x: Describe the piece in one gut reaction word.
Victor Castillo: Lies!
1x: Tell us a bit more about Born in ’73, is the show nostalgic or reminiscent of the year of your birth?
Victor Castillo: It’s a reference to a historical coincidence. The military dictatorship was established in Chile in 1973 was an experiment that I was born into.
1x: Are there any artists that have been inspiring you as of late?
Victor Castillo: Lately I’ve been feeling inspired by old vintage magazines for children’s education.
1x: What is your schedule like these next few months?
Victor Castillo: I’m preparing for my next show with the Chilean artist Norton Maza at Art Central Hong Kong with Isabel Croxatto Gallery, March 23–26.
1x: Where else can people find you?
Victor Castillo: Website – Instagram @victor_castillo_art – Facebook