Gerardo Castro - The Art of Being Queer - Artist Feature

Tonight's queer artist feature is Gerardo Castro


Ice Pop, 2018, oil paint, mixed media on paper, 24” x 6ft    

I’ve created images rooted in ethnicity and gender as well as culturally dominant fantasies about masculinity and sexuality that have escaped the trappings of popularized constructions of Latino identity.  In my work, I use the body, consciously or not, to call attention to the Art and artifice of the construction of identity. My work illustrates the multiplicity of the Black and Brown experience; unequivocally black, emphatically brown figures posing in wallpaper like interiors, the color and compositions celebrating the visual texture of my Latino culture - claiming of the Latino identity as a means of empowerment (whether social, political, personal). I seek to uncover the hidden culture of machismo, a conflict between two identities; being gay and Latino: a tension between identity and reality that can be incredibly detrimental to the Latino community;  the tragedy of machismo is that a man is never quite man enough.


Call Me Papi, 2018, oil paint, mixed media on paper, 24” x 6ft

Angel's Sugar, 2018, oil paint, crystal rhinestones, mixed media on paper, 24” x 6ft

Flor & Florecita, 2018, oil paint, mixed media on paper, 24” x 6ft

La Dulce, 2018, oil paint, mixed media on paper, 24” x 6ft

Smoke and Mirrors,  2019, oil paint, mixed media on paper, 24” x 6ft

www.GerardoCastroArt.com

Organizer  Newburgh OPEN Studios 

Founder/Director The Lightbulb Project  Roll Magazine review of  Emanations: Seducing Spirits As featured in Orange Magazine Anartism Sex as Salve  


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