The El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) invites the public to the new exhibition Antonio Castro: Visions of a Borderland that’s on view from April 19 to August 7 in the Dede Rogers Gallery of the museum.
The exhibition features paintings, illustrations, books, and materials created more than 60 years by Mexican painter and illustrator Antonio Castro. Born in 1941 in Zacatecas, Mexico, Castro has lived and worked for most of his life in the El Paso/Juarez borderland.
The exhibit explores his figurative paintings characterized by religious and mythological imagery, as well as autobiographical elements and personal symbols.
“This exhibition celebrates the unique perspective of an artist who has been a member of the community for more than sixty years. Through paintings and illustrations, it offers a view of the landscape and people informed by more than half a century of history,” said El Paso Museum of Art Senior Curator Dr. Kate Green.
The exhibition includes materials related to Castro’s process and some of the many illustrations made for El Paso’s longtime department store The Popular, where he began working in the 1970s. By the 1980s, Castro began illustrating books published both nationally and regionally.
Ten children’s books illustrated by Castro and published by Cinco Puntos Press that focus on the region will also be on view. Castro’s illustrations reflect his skill with composition, line, and hue and together, suggest his ability as a draftsman and his vision of life and culture in El Paso and Juarez.
In addition, an exclusive lunch with Antonio Castro and graphic designer Antonio Castro Jr., Associate Professor from The University of Texas at El Paso, will be open to members starting at noon on April 20. At 1 p.m., members and the public can then join the EPMA in a free Art Talk with the artist and Castro Jr.
For more information on the Antonio Castro: Visions of a Borderland exhibit, the museum’s website.