Central to the collection of paintings, drawings, words and flowers is the artwork of North Fair Oaks muralist and illustrator Jose Castro, located in front of the Fox Theatre. Jose graduated from the University of Miami in 1972 with a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture. Jose graduated from the University of Miami in 1972 with a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture. “We asked him how he got the opportunity to paint and he mentioned the owners had wanted to beautify these boards to bring peace and show their support to the cause,” Castro recalled. Stay up to date with other coverage from The Six Fifty by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, featuring event listings, reviews and articles showcasing the best that the Peninsula has to offer. Awarded Guidestar's Silver Seal of Transparency, Copyright © 2015 Pridelines. Eventually, after retiring in 2003, his desire to express himself freely in the arts lead him to continue exploring painting and photography. (Schmidt was so moved that he later created a GoFundMe campaign to help pay for Castro’s art supplies.). “Build” is one of them. ABOUT THE ARTIST. Philadelphia-based collage artist, oil painter, musician & designer. Growing up in the district (the unincorporated area bordering Redwood City, Atherton and Menlo Park), he said he’s been into making art since childhood, starting with anime and Pokemon, then art celebrating Chicano culture in high school, followed by art school for college.

“Knowing that I’ve inspired and continue to motivate my people is everything; knowing they repost, re-look and respect me is everything. Rep: London / Zebra One Gallery Washington DC / Latela Gallery CONTACT. Tombstone tourism: the 650’s guide to exploring the epic graveyards of Colma, Unlikely openings: 14 new restaurants launch locally despite Covid downturn, 10 questions for a Stanford researcher on the health hazards of wildfire smoke, Art you can afford: Find your new favorite artist through the windows of the Pacific Art League, The Stanford alum behind Netflix’s “The Social Dilemma” wants you to stop scrolling. This innate drive lead me to architecture, space planning, interior design, painting and photography as means to create the beauty, harmony and order that I thrive on.
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The mural was recently removed from in front of the Fox Theatre to be framed and stored by the city until a final decision is reached on where to display the work. PHOTOGRAPHY. He introduced himself to Fox Theatre manager Ernie Schmidt, who told him he was welcome to paint there on one condition: that it came from the heart. Castro’s already gained some fame in the local art scene for his stunning, vibrant mural depicting the diverse cultural past and present of the North Fair Oaks community on Middlefield Road, unveiled in 2019 and made with the help of veteran muralist Arthur Koch and local youth. Jose Castro was born in Matanzas, Cuba in 1947. The abstractions in my paintings and photography feed my soul and unleash my imagination. PAINTINGS.
ANECDOTES. If you’ve been to downtown Redwood City recently, you’ve noticed the buildings around Courthouse Square covered with some striking public art and messages in support of social justice and the Black Lives Matter movement. OK, Boomers, meet your match: Silicon Valley’s youngest politicians take on 2020, Meet the furry, feral cats of Silicon Valley. Avoiding chaos and discord in my environment, consciously and unconsciously, has been a major driving force throughout my life. It was created in response to local businesses boarding up their windows in anticipation of the city’s June 2 protest against police brutality and systemic racism. When others look at my artwork I wish they can become engaged on an emotional level, so they can simply be inspired and moved to find in their lives the beauty and harmony that my creations help me find in mine. Joe Castro (artist), Collegeville, Pennsylvania. The power-to-the people fist was my second go-to; an iconic logo that reads black power but also flexible in our modern day to represent all cultures,” Castro explained. His professional career path took him from architecture to interior design in Miami where he practiced in several prominent design firms and ultimately his own.

At first he painted in studio settings under the tutelage of accomplished and well-known artists in Miami; now he enjoys the comforts of his own studio making art on a full-time basis. Parents brought their children so they could understand what was happening,” Schmidt said.

(Photo by Karla Kane) Art ‘from the heart’: Local muralist Jose Castro creates powerful protest imagery in Redwood City “I sat in front of my theater all week, sometimes up to five hours, to witness the many people cry, reflect. As for his recent downtown street art, what was once temporary is now set to become a permanent piece of local history. The foundational concepts learned in architecture and design served him well in making quick inroads into these creative fields. We talked collage art and my […] He moved to Miami in 1961 where he has lived ever since.


More. “To preserve in our community and to show history that we brought the fight to Redwood City and we stand here in solidarity with our black brothers and sisters.”, Or see more of his work on www.anonymousrecipes.com. AWARDS. He is well-traveled, fluent in Spanish and English with basic conversational fluency in French and Italian. 842 likes. He moved to Miami in 1961 where he has lived ever since. Throughout his life he has always been involved in the visual arts.

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