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Myritza Castillo | Puerto Rico

Born in 1981 in San Juan, Puerto Rico,
Lives and works in Bayamón, Puerto Rico
Photography, video
http://www.myritzart.com/

Graduated in Natural Sciences, Human Biology (Hons.) from the University of Puerto Rico, Bayamón campus (2004), and holder of a MFA in Theory and Practice of Contemporary Art, Video Art and Photography from the Universidad Complutense of Madrid, Spain (2006).

In 2005, the Instituto de Cultura de Puerto Rico gives her a grant to study in Madrid.

In 2008 and in 2011, she was artist in residence at the space AREA – Lugar de Proyectos in Caguas, Puerto Rico.

Individual shows by Myritza Castillo

Waste of Paint at Metro : plataforma organizada in San Juan, Puerto Rico (2012) ; Writing Stories at the Galería Espacio 304 in San Juan, Puerto Rico (2011) ; Out of Oil at the Museo de Arte of Puerto Rico (2010) ; Not Everything is What it Seems to Be at the Galería 356 in San Juan, Puerto Rico (2009) and Post Industrial Dust within the framework of the festival PhotoImagen of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (2008).

Collective exhibitions

Fotorama at the Galeria Sietesieteocho in Guayanabo, Puerto Rico (2012) ; the travelling exhibition Carry-On : Puerto Rico Inspected at the Galería Yemayá of Puerto Rico, in Chicago, New York and Boston, USA (2011-2012) ; Buenas Señales at the Galería Espacio 404 in San Juan, Puerto Rico (2012) ; Colectiva Agosto 2011 at Metro : plataforma organizada in San Juan, Puerto Rico (2011) ; FotoMAC at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo of Puerto Rico (2011) ; Art in the middle: 35 years of photography in Puerto Rico at the Institute of Puerto Rican Art & Culture of Chicago, USA (2011) ; Fase I at Metro : plataforma organizada in San Juan, Puerto Rico (2011) ; De Bayamón a la 15 at the Cart Watch space in Santurce, Puerto Rico (2011) ; When a painting moves… something must be rotten at the Sternersen Museum of Oslo, Norway (2011), at the Museo de Arte of Puerto Rico and at the Centro Colombo Americano of Bogotá, Colombia (2009) ; Pocket at the Cart Watch space in San Juan, Puerto Rico (2011) ; Spirit of an Epoch at the Museo Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo of Lanzarote, Canarias, Spain (2010) ; Liga Internacional Pampers at the Arsenal de la Puntilla San Juan, Puerto Rico (2010) ; Draw a Thon et Weaving In & Out at the Tapestry East Harlem with the collective No Longer Empty, USA (2010) ; Geografia Humana: Imagenes del Siglo XXI at the Museo de Arte of Puerto Rico (2010) and El comienzo de una nueva etapa, Video Under Construction at the Museo de Arte of Ponce, Puerto Rico (2008).

Festivals, fairs

Myritza Castillo also participated in the Video Art Festival, Loop in Barcelona, Spain (2010, 2008), in the 10th Velada de Santa Lucía in Maracaibo, Venezuela (2010), as well as in the 7th International Short Film Festival of Puerto Rico (2009), in the Kagart Video Festival of Istanbul, Turkey (2008)…

Regarding art fairs, her work was featured in the NADA Art Fair in Miami, USA (2009), in CIRCA Puerto Rico (2007-2009) and in the Photo Miami Fair, USA (2007).

In the framework of the FemLink project, The International Video Collagess, the videos of Myritza Castillo have been aired around the world since 2007. FemLink is a network of 149 women video artists, coming from 64 countries. 8 themes of work have been chosed along the years : fragility (2006), resistance (2007), worries (2008), man (2009), wonder, vital, aggression, portrait of a woman artist (on-going) and protest (upcoming). The principle is simple. Each artist realizes a 1 to 2 minutes video, and the whole get united under the form of a “collage” with the videos of the other artists.

Lately, thanks to FemLink, Myritza Castillo exhibited her videos at the Photon gallery in Ljubljana, Slovenia (2012) ; at the XVA Gallery Bastakiya of Dubai, at the TAC Art Center of Eindhoven in The Netherlands, at the Espace 60 in Annecy in France and at the Cinema Kino Udarnik of Maribor in Slovenia (2011) ; at the Lynn Arts Center, USA, at the Museum of Occupations of Talinn in Estonia, at the Project Room Arte Actual / FLACSO of Quito, Ecuador (2010) ; in the Palestinian territories, in Bourges in France, in Boston in the USA, in New Hampshire and Missouri (2009) ; in Bucarest in Roumania, in Budapest in Hungary, in Mar de Plata in Argentina (2008)…

Collections

Myritza Castillo’s artworks are contained in the collections of the following institutions : Museo de Arte de Ponce, Puerto Rico ; National Gallery of Praga, Czech Republic ; University of Puerto Rico ; Museo de Bellas Artes Alcalá de Henares, Spain ; Oriental Group Bank ; and in some Puerto Rican private collections such as Chilo & Millie Andreu, Reyes Veray, Alberto & María de la Cruz, Javier Nuñez & Ofelia Marin.

Prize

Myritza Castillo received the Lexus Prize for her project Out of Oil at the Museo de Arte of Puerto Rico (2009-2010).