Today we’d like to introduce you to Vincent Castiglia.
Vincent, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I’m a New York City (Brooklyn) native now living and working in LA. I’m a painter working in usual media, human blood, exclusively.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
My work deals primarily with the human condition, and each station of experience throughout a human life (love, loss, birth, death, generation, and degeneration, etc.). It’s all in there. In using my own blood (and my collector’s), I feel I’m dissolving the barrier between art and artist in the most literal sense, in using the blood, which some Mystic schools of thought believe to be the express vehicle of the ‘spirit’, an actual alchemical price occurs, by which my inner worlds are focused to a physical point of contact (the painting) and which I view less as paintings, and more of ‘windows to the soul’. The work content is brutally honest and reflects whatever the total elements of my circumstances are at any given point in time. Thus, each painting is a meditation (or ‘prayer’, if you’d like), on what is the most pressing issue in my life at any given point in time. In this way, I believe the works are vital, vital to my own progress as a human being in their self-reflectiveness, and also vital in that they are ‘living’ as I see them, and an actual energetic exchange occurs, by which the painting then has a life of its own, interacts with other psyches, and provides the answers to the questions I’m posing through the work. Its a mystical process to me, one which I’d like to its own ‘religion’, or form of Divination in that this is how I ‘worship’ and connect with the cosmos, and have found catharsis, peace, and direction, all from one sincere process.
What do you think it takes to be successful as an artist?
Success is an inside job, and can’t be quantified financially. I believe the true ‘success’ of any work of art is in its sincerity and reason for existing. If you’ve found yourself, as I did, spending a lifetime unable to put down a pencil, paintbrush, or whatever your tool of creation is, continually trying to create the most sincere, brutally honest works of art distinct to own’s own constitution and world-view, ‘success’ in its creation is only the by-product of a more significant inner process , which some psychologists might call self-actualization, and is and should be the inner driving force to create, I think. If you’re making art that you ‘think’ might sell for the purpose of just going with the many trends plaguing art, I’m not sure what the purpose is in the creation of this type of work besides its marketability. I come to art from the exact opposite mindset. The more raw, real, and utterly sincere it is (no matter how ‘horrific’ or ‘unsavory’ something might be to look at), its true beauty is experienced on a visceral, human level, and not squeezed through the filter of marketability. Maybe I’m a fool, and everyone else painting by number has it ‘correct’. But I can say for myself, if the creation process wasn’t so intrinsically personal, I wouldn’t have bothered making art, not for 5 minutes. But art has captivated me since birth and the catharsis and healing I’ve found through it has been integral to my survival, life trajectory, and overall well-being. I couldn’t get away from it if I tried. This is what I trust in, the sincerity of process and honesty in content, never censoring the work.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
The work has been exhibited around the world, domestically and abroad, most notably, by solo exhibition at the HR Giger Museum Gallery in Switzerland, which ran for six months. HR was like a god to me and having been in acknowledged by him in this way, I could’ve died then and been ok with it. I’ve had 7 solo exhibitions to date, most recently at the Dark Art Emporium in Long Beach, CA, who’d hosted “Autopsy of The Soul”, my most recent body of work, and who’ve retained some of the work for exhibition and sale. So Dark Art Emporium would be the place to see and purchase my newest work. And my website (not updated at the moment) hosts my previous bodies of work and website, which is the exclusive dealer of my artwork. There is also a fraudulent website someone created and is selling frauds of my art, this site is www.VincentCastigliaArt.com – and should be AVOIDED AND BOYCOTTED. The only official dealer of my work is www.VincentCastiglia.com.
- Website: www.VincentCastiglia.com
- Phone: 332.323.2923
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vincent_castiglia/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vincent-Castiglia-135754724728/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/v_castiglia?lang=en
Portrait Photo: Nathaniel Shannon