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Frederico Castellon

(1914 - 1971)
Frederic Castellon was born in Almeria, Spain, and as a child emigrated to the United States with his family, settling in Brooklyn.

His interest in art was manifest from an early age and as a teenager he made the acquaintance of the famed Mexican muralist Diego Rivera. With Rivera’s support, Castellon was able to secure a fellowship to return to Europe to study painting and printmaking. He exhibited in Paris and Madrid in the late 1930s, returning to the United States before the outbreak of the Second World War. He showed at the prestigious Weyhe Gallery in New York and was awarded a pair of Guggenheim fellowships that allowed him to travel for the purpose of furthering his work.

Castellon’s work evidences a distinct affinity for Surrealism—specifically the work of fellow Spaniards Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali, and the Belgian Giorgio DeChirico.

Castellon’s etching ‘Taos Tryst’ is an intimate and atmospheric evocation of his sojourn in the town in the early 1940s.

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