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According to Castillo and to Arcila,
what makes the installation even more
special is that recycled materials make up
80 percent of the project.
“I’ll use things that I find on the ground,
even,” said Castillo, who didn’t let the fact
that he has no formal art education hold
Castillo started his artistic career by observing
the former window decorator in
2009. He then created a Day of the Dead
installation featuring painted calaveras
(skulls) five years ago that wowed Arcila
so much that she kept inviting him back
to create more work. He has kept up the
tradition and painted skulls for every Day
of the Dead since.
Castillo hopes that he can inspire others
who might be afraid to pursue their
“You only need to want to do something
in order to do it,” said Castillo.
Photo by Jini Sachse
Photos courtesy of Onesis Castillo