Humberto Castro belongs to the 1980's generation of Cuban artists. Born in Cuba in 1957, he has lived in exile in Paris (for ten years) and in Miami and New York since 1989. His existential language is based on the use of the stylized human figure; the treatment and context of which transmits an array of messages ranging from the political denunciation to the purely poetic.
Humberto Castro "Draw-Wings: a retrospective 1990-2010" presents a vision of Castro's work, which includes a selection of drawings done in Paris, and various large format more recent pieces done in Miami. Painted in a monochromatic mode with shades of whites, grays, and blacks, his compositions display an innate elegance, making them palatable and even lyrical at times. Humberto Castro is a master at capturing metamorphosis: his svelte figures seem to endlessly evolve from ethereal beings to earthlings. This thematic fusion imbues the work with an alluring, visionary quality.
During the last two decades, Humberto Castro held triumphant solo exhibitions in Spain, France, Germany, Italy, England, Poland, Check Republic, Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, Mexico, USA and Canada.
Humberto Castro was born in Havana, Cuba, on July 9, 1957. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts San Alejandro and Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA) in Havana, Cuba. He works in painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics and installations. He is one of the most active members of the group widely recognized as the “Generation of the 80s” in Cuba, which generated changes in the aesthetic and conceptual art scene of the island. In 1983 he founded the team Hexagon in which, alongside other artists, he mounted installations aimed at provoking public participation in the work. Between 1980 and 1984 he produces an extensive body of graphics, particularly innovating in the intaglio technique. He has designed sets for theater and film in Cuba. In 1989 he emigrated to Paris, France, where he lived for ten years and became active in the Parisian intellectual scene, holding exhibitions and giving conferences across Europe. In 1999 he moved to the United States, where he lives and works.