Andrea Castillo

Andrea Castillo

Andrea Castillo
1130 Longstaff Street, Apt. 4
Missoula, MT 59801
(406) 274-0520

I left my ancestral home, the Navajo Nation, to pursue my passion in fine arts at Salish Kootenai College in Pablo, Montana in 1998. I was inspired when I was able to transpose my thoughts and feelings into a visionary art form. Life’s challenges diverted me from following my passion. Later while getting my BA in Native American Studies with a minor in Women’s Gender Studies at U of M Missoula my creative passion of “Picto-Storytelling” re-emerged.

I seek to bring my Navajo heritage to life in the broader world as I experience it. Through my art I carry my ancestral myth into the faces and natural world phenomena presented. I utilize my Grandmother’s words in my use of charcoal, from the embers of our ceremonial fires, to protect me from negative emotions, protect the painting and story line. My watercolor and acrylics are always infused with these embers. My work often takes on a dreamlike quality, as the deepest part of me emerges into my life and work.

I work in a variety of mediums, including watercolor, acrylic, charcoal, pen and ink, crayons, and mixed media. My work has been featured at:
— Miikanan Gallery -Bemidji, Minnesota Exhibition
— UC Gallery, University of Montana, First Nations art competition. My piece Awakening was awarded Best of Show and People’s Choice

I was invited to show my entire collection November 2, 2018, at The Jeanette Rankin Peace Center, Missoula, Montana. My work was selected into a juried show, handMADE fair, public marketplace for original art works, Helena, Montana, December 1st & 2nd, 2018. Selected original pieces, limited prints and greeting cards will be on display for sale at Indian Trader’s Market. Albuquerque, NM in April 2019. I am currently a student in MAP (Montana Artrepreneur Program) with focus on the business aspects of my career.