Better known as Castillo, he was born in Chalchiuites, Zacatecas, México, in 1949. He lives in Rosarito, Baja California. He has been painting for over 40 years and he is inspired mainly by the stark beauty of the Baja California peninsula. His paintings of the barren desert, mountains, and cliff top views of surf pounding over the coastline, show his keen perception of the spectacular contrasting environment that is Baja.
Castillo has been praised by art critics from México and the United States as one of the most important Mexican landscape artists. He is the artist of the mural “Tierra Prometida” (10’ by 40’) – a view of the area from Rosarito to Point Loma done in 1992 before urban sprawl took over. You can visit and see it at the Tijuana Cultural Center (CECUT).
Castillo works in oils, acrylics and pastels. Besides landscapes he also enjoys painting abstract art. Over the decades he has had exhibitions in Cabo San Lucas, Palm Springs, La Jolla, and many other California cities. Celebrities like Frank Sinatra, Red Skeleton, Ringo Star, James Camron and Russell Crowe are among his collectors.