Naia Del Castillo


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Naia del Castillo was born in Bilbao, 1975. She graduate concentration in Sculpture at the University of Fine Arts of the Basque Country in 1998 and received her MA in Fine Arts at the Chelsea College of Art in London.

From 2000 to 2007, Del Castillo has resided and worked in Bilbao, Rotterdam, London, Barcelona and Paris, through fellowships and supports by the Caja Madrid, Bilbaoarte Art Foundation, BBK, Bizkay Council and the Injuve. She was the recipient of the Rome Prize by the Spanish Academy in Rome.

In 2007, Francisco Calvo Serraller of Prado Museum selected her participate in a special project and exhibition among 12 Spanish prominent female artists to create two works for the museum entitled “Twelve Artists in the Prado.” Her work was included part of the Toulouse’s Festival “Fragilities” was curated by Marta Gilí, and to represent Spain in the ParisPhoto05 curated by Rosa Olivares. Recently her work has been chosen by Timothy Persons to be one of the representatives of the Spanish photography at the Museum of Contemporary Art Kulturhuset in Stockholm, currently showing at the Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art at Finland, and exhibition travels through Germany and United States. Ms. Castillo has exhibited internationally including United States, China, Korea and Japan.

Her solo exhibitions include at the Museum of Contemporary Art Artium of Vitoria, DeSantos Gallery in Houston, Alcala 31 of the Community of Madrid, Distrito4 Gallery in Madrid and awarded the prize for “The Best Exhibition ” in Festival Off of PhotoEspana05. Her works is part of the collection at the Prado Museum, Reina Sofia Museum, Artium Museum, Center of Contemporary Art of Malaga, Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Maison Europeene de l´ Photographie in Paris, and among others.

Ms. Castillo has taught at the Vevey’s L’Ecole d’art appliqu’e in Switzerland and currently she teaches as art instructor at the Guggenheim Museum’s “Learning through Art” in Bilbao. She served as a juror for the Epson III photography competition and lectures about her work at the Prado Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts of Santander.

Matryoshka was premiered early summer of 2009, her first performance-installation project at Esteban Vicente Contemporary Museum in Segovia, Spain. In September 2009, she will participate a group show curated by Francisco Calvo Serraller entitled “The Kingdom of Silence,” focuses on contemporary Spanish sculptors including Miquel Barcelo, Susana Solano, Cristina Iglesias, and among others.

Currently, she is residing and working in New York and serving as an artist-in-residence at the ISCP Studio Residency Program.