Javier Castro (b. 1984) is a Cuban artist whose groundbreaking work focuses on the use of video and multimedia installations to explore the human experience and modes of survival. Castro examines Cuban contemporary society by presenting a unique perspective of diverse realities; from pleasures and frustrations, to vice and violence, language and love, and the other hidden complexities of life. He allows the human voice within the work to speak directly to the viewer, without manipulating or judging his subjects.
Castro has been awarded several grants and notable commission programmes. His work has been shown in more than fifteen countries from the United States to Senegal, Colombia to the United Kingdom. He lives between Havana and New York.
2004- 2009- Bachelor in the Superior Institute of Art. ISA. Faculty of Fine Arts. Havana. Cuba
1999-2003- National Academic of Fine Arts. San Alejandro. Havana. Cuba
1994-1999- School of Fine Arts José A. Díaz Peláez. Havana. Cuba.
2007- 2009- Diploma Humanities, PP.Sch. of Cuba, attached to the University Christopher Columbus of Mexico. Escolapios of Guanabacoa. Havana. Cuba
2004-2006- Cathedra of Conduct. Founded and directed by Tania Bruguera. (Diploma) Superior Institute of Art. Havana. Cuba
AWARDS, SCHOLARSHIPS AND RESIDENCIES
2016- Residence Art Center of South Florida. Miami. Fl. USA
2015 – Scholarship Programs and Commissions CIFO. Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation. Miami. Fl. USA
2015- Residence Cannonball. Miami. Fl. USA
2010 – Special Mention. Festarte Video Art Festival – III International Competition. Rome. Italy
2008 – Residence DOG. Espacio Lab Aglutinador. Havana. Cuba