Romina Del Castillo
A painter living and working in Portland, Oregon. She was born in Lima, Peru, raised in Santiago de Chile, and immigrated to the United States at the age of 16. She obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with an emphasis on drawing and painting from California State University Long Beach in 2014. The artist states, “I find comfort and joy in creating images reminiscent of my cultural heritage and language. I wish to share the beauty, history and character of Peru with my viewers.”
“My recent work will highlight an imagined society where members are recognized despite their color or class and where ancient cultures and language are kept alive and strong. Even in my own family, where we once spoke Quechua, but now because of migration and assimilation the younger generation does not remember their original language. Through my future social political art works I hope to defy the current of cultural colonization that many countries are facing today including my homeland Peru.” Del Castillo works in a variety of mediums that include oil, acrylic, graphite, chalk, charcoal, and marquetry, with observational drawing at the core of her practice.