FIGURATIVE CHARACTERS BY ANDREA CASTRO

by Ariadna Zierold

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Palma de Mallorca, Spain based artist Andrea Castro paints delicate oil work portraits overlaid by thick, expressive strokes of color. Castro, who originally studied fashion design, works in the overlap between abstract and figurative art, often adding details such as beading or embroidery to her works.

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She considers art as another language, another way to express yourself. She’s fascinated by the idea of reaching everybody around the world, whichever the language they may speak, and connect with them through her character’s emotions or stories. She wants the observer to identify with her own artistic idiom and to vent of all those feelings we all have felt overtaking ourselves at some point. To do that she creates internal conversations with the subjects of her paintings, they tell her what they want to transmit as she’s giving them shape.

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Andrea Castro: Portraits with a Twist

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Spanish artist Andrea Castro blurs the faces of her subjects, adding twists of colors and at times embroiders them with pearls. Her oil paintings examine the idea of identity and play with the personalities of the characters she creates. The mix of messy brush strokes and beautifully painted portraits form a contemplative balance in her subjects.

“I want the observer to identify with my own artistic idiom and to vent of all those feelings we all have felt overtaking ourselves at some point. To do that I create internal conversations with the subjects of my paintings, they tell me what they want to transmit as I’m giving them shape. Once the character’s figurative part begins to become more clear, they will take over my work and express what they want.” – Andrea Castro

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