Existential Visionary Artist
Sanguine Spring Exhibition Opens February 18th
Castiglia’s paintings are monochromatic tableaux examining life, death, and the human condition. While many surrealists cite fantasy or dreams as their inspiration, Castiglia’s canvases are connected to a life story which is highly allegorical.
The archetypal figures in Castiglia’s work embody the finitude of human existence. The viewer is presented with the symbiosis of birth and death. The images themselves, as he sees them, form as crystallizations of his experiences, freed from the psyche; the viewer is not only allowed to see into the figure, but also through it, into a deeper psychological world.
Vincent Castiglia is the 1st American artist to receive a solo exhibition invitation from Oscar Award-winning artist H.R. Giger to exhibit in the H. R. Giger Museum Gallery. Remedy for the Living, the 1st solo exhibition of paintings by Vincent Castiglia opened on November 1st 2008 and ran for 6 months, closing in April of 2009.
Salem Satanic Temple To Exhibit Artwork Painted In Blood
The Satanic Temple's Salem Art Gallery will host an art exhibition inspired by the Roman beliefs surrounding February By -
SALEM, MA – Vincent Castiglia, the artist known for painting with human blood, will display a selection of paintings, limited editions, and sculptures at The Satantic Temple's Salem Art Gallery on Bridge Street.
The exhibition, Sanguine Spring, to open on Saturday, Feb. 18, at 8 p.m., was curated around the Roman view of February as a time of purification and honoring ancestors. According to a news release, observances like Lupercalia, Parentalia, and Feralia were accompanied by bloodletting, purging, and opulent celebrations. "Castiglia's art, created with human blood, embodies personal, emotional, and creative purification and purging oneself into one's art."
"As a long-time fan of Mr. Castiglia's art, I'm honored that The Satanic Temple's Salem Art Gallery will now host a selection of his original works – which deftly blend horror and wonder, disfigurement and beauty – for a limited exhibition," said Lucien Greaves, cofounder and spokesperson for the temple. "The scale, detail and living quality of his works must be experienced to be understood, and I feel that The Satanic Temple is the perfect environment for this uniquely unrepentant visceral aesthetic event."
The news release notes that Castiglia doesn't identify as a Satanist, "but rather understands the aims of the Temple as a progressive ideology with a positive message and intent aimed at healing particular social ills." Castiglia has previously told the BBC that the blood he uses is his own.