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Bio

Julie Castillo

Art is such a personal endeavor, requiring determination and perseverance to achieve the goals you have set for yourself. It's a truly self driven career.  In many ways, it is a way of life.  At least for me, in 1988, I chose to move to New York City.  I was in my late 20's.  I had maybe one or two friends here and about $3000.  It was a very scary time for me.  Coming from Southern California,  basically a beach girl, graduating from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.  New York was an incredibly exciting foreign land.  For 3 months, I traveled by metro north from Greenwich, Connecticut into Manhattan to show my portfolio, hoping for freelance work.  It was grueling. Running out of money very quickly, small jobs here and there.  A close friend from school was heading off to vacation. She worked for Ralph Lauren as a sketch artist/designer.  I was hired to cover her vacation.  From that point on life clicked!     

Creating in a broad range of materials, such as, watercolors, watercolor sticks, oils, egg tempra, oil sticks, oil pastels, Nu-pastels, carbon, fabric, plaster, clay, wire, wood, paper mâché and photography as my tools of expression.  I draw and paint on fabric, raw canvas, stretched canvas, watercolor paper and Oleo paper, sculpt and carve on and with paper, clay, stone and wood.  The art I create is usually figurative  or landscapes.  It can be somewhat realistic or sometimes abstract and simplified.  I classify myself as an Expressionist.  

I will also be a featured Artist at the Ad Art Show 2020 at the Oculus at Westfield in the World Trade Center, New York City, the month of September, 2020 and online at Artsy.net.

Very excited to announce my recent inclusion in the Swann Galleries Auction House in New York City.  These were pieces I illustrated for Polo Ralph Lauren Stadium Collections in the 1990's.  There will be future Auctions that will include logos and original wildlife illustrations from various Polo Ralph Lauren Collections. 

Education+ Continuing Education

1985                             BFA Art Center College of Design Illustration with Graphic Design Minor, Pasadena, CA

1988-2020                The Art Students League, New York, NY., Newark Museum of Art, Newark, NJ., Open Studio, Cranford, NJ

1984-2008               Commercial Illustrator and Designer/Logos 

1985-                          Artist for life

       

Awards

2018                             March • Certificate of Excellence, Shelter 2018 Exhibition

2017                             August • Eve Helman Memorial Award  works on paper, for "Lingering SoRo Sweetness", New York, NY 

2015                            Summer • First Place, Cranford Plein Air Quick Draw, for "RR Underpass", Watercolor,         

2014                            September • The Gretchen Richardson Memorial Sculpture Award, for " Woman in Gauze Dress", New York, NY

Solo Exhibitions

2019                            February •"The Divine Inspiration of the Hawaiian Islands", Simply Art & Framing, Cranford, NJ                         

2017                             October • "Dreyer Farms Art Show", Dreyer Farms, Cranford, NJ

Group Exhibitions

2020                            September • "Ad Art Show 2020", Oculus at the Westfield in the World Trade Center, New York, NY

2019                             September • "Annual Taste & See", Simply Art & Framing, Cranford, NJ

2019                             September • "130th Anniversary Annual Members' Exhibition", Juried Exhibit, One Art Space, Tribeca, NY

2018                             March • "Shelter 2018", Harlem School of the Arts, New York, NY

2017                             October • "Art Angels", NAWA Gallery, New York, NY

2017                             February • "Women Artists, Coast to Coast-East", Juried Exhibit, Prince Street Gallery, New York, NY

2017                             August • "128th Annual Members' Exhibition", Sylvia Wald-Po Kim Gallery, New York, NY

2016                             August • "127th Annual Members' Exhibition", Sylvia Wald-Po Kim Gallery, New York, NY

2015                             September • "126th Annual Members' Exhibition", Sylvia Wald-Po Kim Gallery, New York, NY              

2015                             September• "Portraits", a Juried Exhibition, Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, NJ

2014                             September • "Who'sYourMama", Visions of Our Mentors, Juried Exhibit, Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, NJ

2014                             September • NAWA "Thank You Volunteers", Special Exhibition, New York, NY

2013                             April • "Artists' in Bloom", The Artist Framer & Floraphile Garden Club of Cranford, NJ

2013                             March • "Ev(E)volition 3", NY Public Library, Riverside Branch, New York, NY

2012                             November • NAWA Gallery, New York, NY

2012                             September • "Annual Members' Exhibition", Sylvia Wald-Po Kim Gallery, New York, NY

2012                             June • "Cranford Plein Air Event", Quick Draw, Cranford, NJ 

2011                              June • "Cranford Paint the Town Plein Air Event", Cranford, NJ

2011                              "Cedars-Sinai Cancer Fundraiser, Annenberg Community Beach House", Santa Monica, CA

2011                              September • "The National Association of Women Artists", New York, NY

2010                            "Cranford Junior Women's League Home Tour Show", Cranford, NJ

2008                           "La Flor Fine Art", Cranford, NJ

Art Affiliations

                                     The National Association of Women Artists, New York, NY

                                       The American Watercolor Society 

Honors

2012                             November•Juried Induction•The National Association of Women Artists, Inc., The Rubin Museum of Art, NY       2019                             December • Accepted work to Swann Galleries Auction House • Sold     

Galleries

2020                             Artsy.net

2015-2020                "Simply Art & Framing", Cranford, NJ. SimplyArtandFraming.com

2009-2012                "The Artist Framer", Cranford, NJ

2008                            "La Flor Fine Art", Cranford, NJ

Contact Me

908-347-5623

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