Congratulations to Alejandro Castanon
2014-2015 Official Artist for the San Angelo Wine and Food Festival
Born in Torreon, Mexico in 1983 Alejandro soon moved overseas and spent most of his youth in Spain and Germany. His interest in art began at an early age and grew into a passion in his late teens. Self-taught and heavily influenced by artists such as Evelyn Boren, Sarah Stieber, Seren Moran, and Leroy Neiman his style of art can be described as abstract, figurative, and electric. Each of the subjects for his paintings requires him to use a different brush stroke and colors that evoke an emotion he interprets. He sees each painting as an opportunity to express his interpretation there in the moment and share it with the world. As he explores more of the world around him he hopes to influence and inspire artists and non-artists that come in contact with his work. After serving eight years in the U.S Air Force he chose to move to San Angelo to be present in his daughter's life. In less than a year he opened the Vino Dipinte Art Gallery and began his artist career.
After just two short years Alejandro has established a firm presence in the local art community as well. He has been featured as an emerging artist in Visual Language International Art Magazine, and has been published in American Art Collector. He held a solo-show in November 2013 where he exhibited more 20 portrait paintings. His secret to achieving such an incredible pace of success,
I don't stop dreaming even when I'm awake, every event is an opportunity and every obstacle a new door waiting for me to walk through it. Attitude is everything and there is no such thing as a prayer answered without hard work.
“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure. - Paul Coehlo".