Victor Castillo

Youth against Fascism, 2009

Acrylic On Canvas
35 1/2 x 27 1/2 inches (90.2 x 69.9 cm.)
Very Good
Private Collection
Los Angeles
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Victor Castillo is a Chilean artist known for his pop-surrealism. The artist sources inspiration from vintage comics and popular media to produce his dark humor paintings. Castillo’s artworks tell stories, allegorical narratives of political and social matters, by borrowing the chronicling approach and appearance found in children’s tales. A collection of somber, highly contrasting, spiritual and cold hues compose his signature palette. Together with the recurrent use of features such as empty black eyes and sausage noses, Castillo depicts a morbid vision of a post-apocalyptic world dominated by cruelty, violence, greediness, and lies.

Youth against Fascism rails against totalitarianism and all its derivative forms of power abuse, being imposed worldwide. As if it took place just before the sunrise, the scene features anguishing and horrifying imagery of fascism, Nazism and communism. Castillo took inspiration from the Spanish Old Master painters, particularly from Goya’s Black Paintings, to develop his dark and morbid distinctive style.

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