Artist of the moment……Felipe Castaneda

Felipe Castaneda is one of the most sought after artists in Mexico. Felipe Castaneda was born in the city of  La Paloma, Michoacan    in the year 1933. The area where the artist grew up has not only a deep Mexican history, but also includes a history of Columbia. The artist has  a fantastic mix of european ideals and an abstract feel that makes his women seem very real  and engrossed  in deep thought.  In 1958  Castaneda  determined that he needed to live in Mexico City to get the experience and education he would need to succeed as an artist.

For his collegiate studies he attended La Esmeralda Painting and Sculpture Academy in 1958.

The artist finished school in 1963 and seven years would pass until he would have his first solo exhibition in 1970.

Castaneda works in many mediums including bronze, onxy, and marble.

If you like this artist make sure to check out the artist Francisco Zuniga. Zuniga was born in Mexico in 1912 and went on to become world renown for his sculptures of women. Below is a great example of his style.

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One note I found very inspiring about the artist was in his artist’s statement. Castaneda considers it a miracle that actual human beings are created out of rock. I hope that you not only respect these artists that use traditional materials like bronze and wood, but I also hope to introduce you to other artists using mediums such as whalebone, antlers from the Inuit peoples of Canada, and even chewing gum (Maurizio Savini). The main thing to grasp from his statement is that ARTISTS CREATE MIRACLES!

Price range information: The artist has used many mediums including marble which range $5,000 to $60,000. The artist also has worked with alabaster but not enough sales to produce a pricing schedule. Bronzes range $4,000 to $60,000.

 

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