Carlos Pedro Raúl Castillo Blanco
Since the 60s, after trying out studies in Engineering, Architecture, Photography and Industrial Design granted by the prestigious Institute of Design Newman/INCE of Caracas, Carlos Castillo—an intelligent and mercurial personality—independently undertook an incipient career as an artist where he combined the knowledge acquired in his early studies and turned them into his first works.
As a result, he made welded sculptures from metal scraps, two of which were accepted into the Official Art Salon of Venezuela 1961.
Throughout the 60s he appeared, and won prizes, in almost all the Venezuelan Art Salons, and continued to be active in the Salons in the 70s.
His interest was focused on industrial design, until in 1977 he emigrated to London to explore new creative forms, such as new imaging technologies like holography, video and Super 8 film that were emerging, apart from traditional cinema and photography, in the great art centers. Some would use these forms in a constant that spanned half a century back, as pioneers of the Venezuelan vanguard: the fusion of the arts because, since then, their sculptures were video, their performances circuses, their films of a virginity that would envy the Lumiére brothers.
It is from 1975, when the International Festivals of Super 8 film of the Caracas Vanguard were created, that Carlos Castillo ventured into this creative medium chosen by the major artists of the new generation because there was no portable video equipment in the country, and Super 8 was very economical and guaranteed artistic quality in the final product. So, first as a filmmaker (Matiné: 3 and 15, Made in Venezuela, TVO, Ciudad vs Arte and others) and then as an organizer, he participated in 8 consecutive editions of the International Super 8 Film and Video Festival, which created a network of very interesting and productive relationships.
This event and the International Theater Festival of Caracas, led by the playwright Carlos Jiménez, gave Caracas a unique personality for two decades as a city of new art and new theater.
The works in Super 8 followed one another and granted him a great celebrity for the few elements with which they were made, until in 1983 he created his most famous work and the first video sculpture in Venezuela, "La Bandera," now in the permanent collection of the Galería de Arte Nacional.