My art is a visual interpretation of the indigenous elements that surround us every day and the intrinsic relationship humans have with nature. My desire to paint descended from my need to unravel the complexities that entangled my life and redefine what was important to me. So, in 2002 I picked up my first paintbrush. Through my art I search for a place that clarifies my struggle with life’s external complications and my internal realities. During this process I use the colors and texture to reconstruct that imagery onto canvas. It is my attempt to simplify those intricacies.
As I continue to explore the endless possibilities of natural tones and texture, my pieces are intended to reflect the beauty and sensuality as well as the strength and energy of the natural elements. This experimentation has led me to create abstract works that echo organic forces such as the sun, sky, earth, water and fire. My art is not meant to be perfect. The imperfections and flaws are a mirror of life.
I cannot separate my cultural heritage from who I am, I cannot separate it from my art. My art is created through that same bicultural lens. I breathe, live and love in both Spanish and English. My art is an extension of that coalescence. I was born and raised in Colima, Mexico until age 9. I have no formal art training, and I do not consider myself a painter or an artist. Rather, I am someone with a passion to art, to give and to live.
I’m blessed, I’ve had the privilege of being surrounded by an amazing group of people that have literally shaped my life in every way. The truth is I couldn’t live without them. Every single memory we’ve shared is as vivid in my mind as the moment they were created. My parents Ricardo and Ana Castorena which are my rock; completely unbreakable, fearless and full of passion and Love. The fact is if they didn’t risk it all by coming to the United States 30 years ago my life wouldn’t and couldn’t be the same. My dad is be the greatest man on this earth and even that might be an understatement. My beautiful, crazy, outrages, funny daughter Ary who owns my heart amd makes me smile every day. Ary and Athena who me the true meaning of unconditional love on a daily basis. Tracie for bringing my little girl to this world. Nona for loving me regardless of the outcome.
My incredible tias and tios who allowed me to grow on my own terms and didn’t force me to be conventional. La Familia Garcias que me dio vida! My Tia Yolanda or rather aka my sister who still takes care of me to this day and her beautiful children. My tia Eva who gave me the greatest little brothers imaginable: Raul (rip we love you), Carlos, Christian and Viviano. My cousins Mirna, Pepe, and Lorena “My first loves”. My Tios Pepe, Perla, Gaby, Mirella and my mom’s 13 brothers and sisters who amaze me every day regardless of time or distance. Grandma Bobbi and Grandpa Amescua, gave me the opportunity to begin the journey towards never-ending friendships. The first friends God ever gave me and who still enrich my life in every way even after 30 years: my brothers Jeff, Danny and Cisco. “The unbreakable bond we share is beyond words”. Brother Gustelum and Joe Martinez, who taught me to stand up for what’s right regardless of the obstacles. My ride or die Celtic crew Ralph, Jeannette, Jaylyn, Jess, Ary, Athena and our fearless leader Jeff. “My smiles” who literally keep me young at heart Val, Amanda( I couldn’t live without you). My amazing and perfect Compadres who allowed to me to be part of their families forever, Rigo, Maria A, Maria V, Ruben and Erika. My three perfect god children, Michael, Zander, and Jaslyn “ I can’t even explain how much I love you”. My softball and soccer gangs who always allows me to be myself. Thanks to all the beautiful people who make my life perfect …..
Yes my girls are def not babies. Leandra is 11 and
Emilia is 8 going on 9. Although she looks like she's
7. My oldest is into cheerleading right now. I know
U can relate to that. Also soccer and basketball.
Currently in dance. So they just keep me busy.
I don't want them to grow no more. I don't know what
I'm gonna do when their teens. I wish I could just
Turn the clock back some. Anyway glad to know your
Doing great. I thought about u on Fathers Day. Hope u enjoyed
Hi! I'm doing good thank you. How about you? I was thinking about tou
When the celtics were playing in the finals. Watched
Every game. I was rooting for them buy also for the spurs
Although I knew they weren't going to take it. I knew it
Was either okc or heat. Next time I guess. Anyway hows
Your daughter? How's everything? Hope your doing well.
hello Ricardo! It was really great meeting you at Boba during the show. I was so nervous about painting live for the first time (even though it turned out not to be a big deal) that I felt a little high strung that night. But I enjoyed meeting you and Vanessa. Thanks for the encouragement!
Hey you, I saw your paintings, they are awesome!!! Congrats, they look really good.. I never heard of this site but I joined to see your paintings. You and I both know that I dont paint, as for you, you are doing great.. Good luck with everything!!!