Meet the Maker: Andrea Castro

Where to start with Ms. Andrea Castro...

I originally contacted Andrea, who is an artist residing in Spain, because I've always been a huge fan of her work. It wasn't until I started talking to her that I realized this girl has more to offer than what she paints on the canvas, but valuable advice and views on what it's like to be an artist and creative. My favorite line from her bio on andreacastro.net is:

"What if you think I’m an idiot? What if you don’t like where my art is heading? What if… What if…

Fuck the What if."

If that doesn't give you a taste of the ultimate cool AND daring creative, I don't know what else could.  Andrea is going places with her work, and I'm so excited that I got a chance to pick her brain along the way.

Everyone has a different path to finding their creative rhythm and becoming an artist. What got you started?

I've always been drawing and painting. At school I was the "artistic kid" and when I was 14 I already knew I wanted to be an artist. I didn't have any doubts about what I wanted to do, but I had lots of fears that kept me from painting full time. In October 2014 I went to Paris and I visited some galleries. I remember seeing this outstanding painting in front of me, speaking on its own. I started to cry there because I wanted that freedom. The freedom to paint and be an artist. Then a few months later in February 2015, I started painting full time. It wasn't as easy as it sounds here, but it's already been a whole year. I can't believe it!

Each one of your pieces portrays a strong story of their own, to the point where you can almost feel the emotions from each brush stroke. Where do you draw your inspirations from?

Thank you! With every painting I try my best to express emotion, a memory of an experience, being it mine or from other people.

Everything that surrounds me inspires me, whether it's a Sunday spent in the mountains with friends or a discussion I heard at the street. Recently I asked people to send me their personal stories, those little things that maybe we don't want to say aloud but want to have expressed. I found a great amount of inspiration from those stories!

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Where would you like to see your artistic career in the next 5 years?

5 years from now:

  • I want to have a stronger voice. I will grow, because I will keep using painting as a hammer to destroy my own walls and shyness, so I can speak out and share my feelings and experiences with others. 

  • I want to reach to a larger audience. You know? I envy musicians. They reach an amount of people that I can't even start to imagine by making music, which is, in the end, another way of creating art. Painting is more silent. It's not usually instantaneous, but long term beneficial. Maybe that's why it doesn't reach that many people. I don't know, but I'd like to investigate that.

  • I want to have a beautiful house with a large garden, with dogs and a family. Does it sound cliche? Well maybe it is, but it's part of where I want to be. And I want to achieve that with my paintings, selling and and being an artist. 

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Do you have a piece of advice that really stuck with you through your artistic journey so far?

The world doesn’t care about you. Let me explain: Did you screw something up? It's ok, the world simply doesn't care and forgets easily. So don't be afraid to screw up, to try new things or experiment. Are you a superstar? The world doesn't care either, so don't value yourself from other people's opinion. 

It helps me a lot to focus on myself and feel braver. .

When you're not painting, what are you typically up to? Any other interests?

Rock climbing! You seriously should give it a try. :) I enjoy it like a monkey! (What a bad joke, I know.)

I also love mountain hiking, learning languages, reading and writing. Occasionally I go to the karaoke too. I'm not a good singer, but I always have such a good time that I just don't care. 

Last but not least, who are some artists and makers out there that you think we should know about?

Daniel Segrove captures emotions with his drawing like nobody else!

Sally Hewett does an exquisite embroidery and textile work, a funny critique of our concept of beauty. I want one of her boobs! (That sounds pretty bad, right? See her work and you'll know what I mean.)

Erin Loree's abstract, vibrant artwork simply leaves me speechless. Her paintings drag me into her own world, full of color. 

Jon-Michel Basquiat. I know, he died very young, but he inspires me a lot. His paintings are simply magical, like open books of our culture. 

If you would like to learn more about Andrea and her work, you can check out andreacastro.net, or her Instagram @andreacastroart.

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