ABOUT THE ARTIST

Castro Frank is a Los Angeles based visual artist who has translated his personal experiences of growing up in the San Fernando Valley into a signature journalistic and candid approach to photography. Through captured moments that reveal the overlooked details of everyday life, to double exposures that force a viewer to question their perceptions, and now diving into the realm of abstraction to evoke deep seeded emotions, Castro’s work defies the limitations of the photographic medium. Even his portraiture takes on a new life by not only capturing the raw essence of his subjects but the vitality of the city they inhabit. As a growing multidisciplinary artist, incorporating painting and other mediums into his work, Castro continually discovers new ways to envelope the viewer in the experiences encapsulated within his work.

Castro’s work has been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions across California with institutions including South Grand, Rvcc Gallery, Communion Gallery, and Embed Gallery. The popularity of his work led to commissions from musicians as well as television networks utilizing his work in their stage design. His work has also been featured in large public installations and charity campaigns with nonprofit organizations, such as INCLUSIVACTION, to benefit the Los Angeles community. Additionally, works by Castro is featured in the Jumex Museum’s founder, Eugenio Lopez’s, private collection. His work received praise in prominent publications such as The Huffington Post and Los Angeles Times.

 

Castro’s work continues to evolve into new mediums, methods, and subjects. Through the development of his practice, he is excited to find new ways to capture the everyday. As he journeys on to create astounding imagery he hopes that his work will inspire youth to pursue their dreams. 

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ARTIST STATEMENT

Los Angeles artist, Castro Frank, is thrilled to announce the presentation of his first collection of abstract photography title Ethereal. His dramatic approach to street photography takes on a new life as the series delves deep into exploring psychological and emotional states of mind. Through his inaugural set of works on analog 35mm film, his textured abstract photographs immerse the viewer into rich colors induced by light exposures.

 

 

Each individual image has a distinct association; a thought, an emotion. "2020 was a tough year for us all, and I am grateful that amid the midst of chaos and uncertainty, I was able to create a new body of work that is a reflection of myself and the emotions I lived through," says Castro, "Experiencing unprecedented emotions can be evolving for us artists; a chance to explore and create something passionate and unfamiliar." Each sentiment he captures pushes the boundaries of his artistic creation; a journey of self-discovery culminating in an exquisite image.

 

 

The mystery his imagery instills, inspires the viewer to question and contemplate. The longer the audience studies a work, the more feelings the work evokes. The photograph, offering a plethora of interpretations, creates a visceral reaction to a personal experience that can be universally recognized.

 

 

Lost amongst the shifting colors, confused by the piercing exposures of light, and yet a perfect aesthetic harmony is achieved as light and dark find their balance. As Castro deconstructs the film through his use of light, he is laying his own inner emotions bare, stunning his audience.

Ethereal, Thinking bout you