Victor Castillo’s art: dark acrylic paintings that still exude a comic cheerfulness

When Victor Castillo was a little boy, he was totally fascinated by the animations and science fiction movies he saw on Chilean TV. This was when he began drawing, using this animated inspiration source to create his own two-dimensional fiction.

Many years later, when living in Barcelona, he enriched and perfected his signature style by adopting some aspects of the classical painting of the Spanish old masters, like Goya. Altogether, these different inspirations and his personal view on things are melting together in the artworks we see today: dark acrylic paintings that still exude a certain comic cheerfulness even though they’re soaked with slightly hidden messages about topics such as greed, the abuse of power, or indoctrination.

But even though his works tell an intense story, there´s still a second layer above the first that permits us to forget about the worrisome message and makes us enjoy the hollow-eyed children and creatures with their clown-nosed masks that smile so wonderfully evil.

giant mouth and kid illustration
clown kid on bicylce
bug boy illustration
fire head figures illustration
clown girl with animals illustration

About the author

Born and raised in the creative mecca Berlin, Mareike Muller worked her first professional years in advertising and design before she decided to apply for the citizenship of the world, leaving Berlin for Stockholm. Spending some years in fashionable capital of Sweden she continued her voyage via Barcelona to Buenos Aires, where she was living for almost two years, working as an artist agent spreading emerging art with her own agency The Eclectic Tomorrow. But, as stakes are high the search for the perfect place to live and work went on and brought her to vibrant Mexico City, where she´s relocating now continuing to broaden her scope, establishing her vision of spreading emerging art around the globe. When she´s not working, blogging or traveling around the world you’ll probably find her vintage clothing treasure hunting or sipping an Old Fashioned fantasizing about being a Mexican luchador’s wife and having some unicorns browsing in the backyard.