Carlos Castro

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Associate Professor
Painting and Printmaking
Art Area Coodinator



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Carlos Castro Arias is a Colombian artist, professor, and musician. His practice departs from the appropriation of historical images and the formal and symbolic re-contextualization of found objects. Castro’s work explores elements of the individual and collective identity and aims to bring to light muted histories and ignored points of view. He received a BA from the Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano, Bogota, in 2002; in 2008 he attained a Fulbright Scholarship to go to the San Francisco Art Institute, where he got an MFA in Painting in 2010. Castro is an associate professor at San Diego State University since 2019. In 2022 Castro had a major retrospective of his work at Museo Universidad de Antioquia and was one of the winners of the San Diego Art Prize. 

In the last five years Castro has had solo shows at Artpace, San Antonio; Bread and Salt, San Diego; LA Galería, Bogota; Quint Gallery, La Jolla and Espacio El Dorado, Bogota. He has participated in group shows in Sweden, Peru, France, Spain, New Zealand, Mexico and Venezuela 

His musical projects include: POPO (2000), Los Claudios de Colombia (2005-2010) and Amor Negro (2020).

Carlos Castro lives and works between San Diego, Tijuana, and Bogota.