Marcos Castro
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Marcos Castro

Marcos Castro (1981, Mexico City) lives and works in Mexico City, Mexico. By utilizing symbols from myths, folklore, and Mexico’s history, he orchestrates a rereading of the country’s national narrative. Through sculpture, video, painting, and drawing, he spotlights the nation’s fragmented and constructed identity. Patriotic symbols are deconstructed and reinterpreted, spanning historic events from the pre-Hispanic period to the current social events; however, he goes beyond destabilizing the status quo and critically reviewing Mexico’s national identity. He builds a new collective narrative; a mythology where everyone, through shared context, can recognize each other. Castro is both a witness and a visionary, documenting and challenging the established order and its most ingrained myths.

Castro studied Visual Arts in the National School of Painting, Sculpture, and Engraving at La Esmeralda. Recent solo exhibitions include; So it will be the past, Dot Fiftyone,(Miami, 2019); Mañana Cenizas [tomorrow ashes], Machete (Mexico City, 2019); The Phantom of Liberty, Chalton Gallery; Futuras Ruinas [Future Ruins], Galería Luis Adelantado (Mexico City, 2013); and Negras Tormentas [Black Storms], Clauselito, The Museum of Mexico City (Mexico City, 2012), among others. He was artist in residence at 18th Street Art Center in Los Angeles (2007), as well as he was chosen to take part in the OMI in New York (2014); he was part of the residency program at Skowheagan school of painting (2016); as well as he is the founding member and co-director of the cultural space Obrera Centro. He was awarded the Sistema Nacional de Creadores in 2019 and the Young Creators scholarship, by FONCA, twice, in 2007 and 2014.