“The Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) displayed Argentinian artist, Cristian Castro and his “27 Peces / 27 Fish”, a fascinating installation of motorized creatures with light up eyes and whirring propeller blades.” - LA ART DOCUMENTS
“The Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) has selected Argentinian artist, Cristian Castro and his site-specific installation, 27 Peces / 27 Fish, 2018 to highlight the contemporary art of Latin America in the 2019 edition of the Los Angeles Art Show.Cristian Castro, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1971 and currently based in LA, expresses his artistic talent by repurposing discarded vintage household appliances and old mechanical tools with contemporary designs of his own. In the 27 Fish installation, the artist used 1950s Johnson brand outboard motors for the main body, stainless steel cat bowls, kitchen hinges, nails for the teeth, electrical conduits, fiber glass, custom laser cut aluminum parts molded with a hydraulic press for the fins, and automotive paint with chromed and polished parts to create these hybrid creatures that appear to come from a 19th century vision of the future. “
Cristian Castro is a self-taught industrial designer and contemporary sculptor who creates whimsical and often times confrontational machines from the discarded parts of airplanes, cars, toasters and anything else mechanical he can get his hands on. Fascinated from a young age by the function of all things, Castro had an insatiable drive to discover, dissect, and dismantle any manner of toy or machine, ultimately fusing them together as artistic creations. - Salt Fine
Great artists realize that their gift comes with the duty to give back: to hold the door through which they have entered the art world open to the next generation of talent. Throughout our history, the towering figures of art have created a legacy through their own work and also through mentoring the talent of the future. MOLAA is proud to create Legado: A Legacy for the Arts, and to present the inaugural award to Maestro Plácido Domingo.
“The exhibition El Exploratorio examines how contemporary artists reflect on, or become inspired by scientific or technological improvements and utilize these advancements as tools in developing new aesthetic processes and creative practices.”
Yesterday, we unveiled the Baker Rauli robot made by Cristian Castro for Porto's Cuban Bakery & Café in Downey, CA. Pictured from left to right is former Mayor Mario Guerra, owners Betty and Raul Porto, Cristian Castro, President of our board and former Mayor Kirk Cartozian, and Stay Gallery's Executive Director Valentin Flores.
“Castro’s fascination with artwork started from a young age. As a young boy in Argentina, he enjoyed watching cartoons that included robots, which ignited his curiosity. As he made his way to the United States, he made sure to remain connected to his artistic side.”
“In December of 2007, he began to work on a set of sixteen sculptures, beginning with a military themed piece, assembled completely with recycled metal parts from pieces of the most basic household appliances, to components from dismantled aircraft engines. Today, he continues to feed his creative compulsions, maintaining a healthy appreciation for art and industrial design.” - Stay Gallery
“DOWNEY - Cristian Castro was taking a stroll in Downtown Downey last December when Stay Gallery caught his eye.
Curious, Castro stepped inside and discovered the budding arts and cultural center that was barely two months old at the time. He was fascinated.”