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Works by Manny Castro Now On View At UTA Artist Space

Castro's turbulent, atmospheric paintings transform the typically sunny Los Angeles gallery space into a stormy environment.

Works by Manny Castro Now On View At UTA Artist Space

UTA Artist Space presents Stormscape, an exhibition of new paintings of land and seascapes accompanied by large-scale sculpture by the Cuban American painter and sculptor Manny Castro. The exhibition narrative centers on a lone figure on a raft at sea, symbolizing the pilgrimage of Cuban exiles and the bravery of all immigrants venturing into the unknown across shores. Castro's turbulent, atmospheric paintings transform the typically sunny Los Angeles gallery space into a stormy environment filled with wind, fog, and unruly waters.

Through beautifully layered figurative paintings and sculpture, Castro reveals the invisible amidst the visible and vice versa, creating a poetic tension between traditional painterly materials (acrylic and oil paint on canvas) with cowrie shells, burlap, and synthetic hair. The full vision of the artist manifests as an immersive experience that brings the ocean into the back gallery of UTA Artist Space.

Manny Castro is a Los Angeles-based painter and sculptor whose practice explores race, gender, and sexuality through the lens of his own experience as a Cuban American artist. Castro's work is physically and conceptually layered to provoke an open-ended narrative. Castro provides an investigation into how a people can be physically present yet remain unseen and how invisibility is a common occurrence towards marginalized communities. Receiving his education at Parsons: The New School for Design and The New York Studio School, Castro has exhibited work at The Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas; The Wolfsonian Museum, Miami; and the Miami Art Museum, Miami. He has also exhibited in unique venues such as the display windows of Saks Fifth Avenue's flagship store in Manhattan, Barneys New York on Madison Avenue, Fred Segal, Los Angeles and in a group show curated by Patrick McMullan in Andy Warhol's "The Factory'' studio on 47th Street, before the building was demolished. His work is included in several private collections.

UTA Artist Space is an exhibition venue designed by Ai Weiwei in the heart of Beverly Hills that is committed to showcasing art by globally recognized talent. Over the past few months, UTA Artist Space exhibited several virtual shows including Revolutionizing the Systems We're Transcending, Thread of Existence, Eighteen Hundred Roses; The Voice of Grief, In Cahoots: Artists and Curators at USC Roski, Class of 2020: At Such A Time As This, Everyday is Sunday, In the Time of and Renaissance: Noir, as well as physical exhibitions How We Hold It All Together, Liberating Humanity From Within, Emergency On Planet Earth: In A Time Close To Now, I Guess by Now I'm Supposed to Be a Man: I'm Just Trying to Leave Behind Yesterday, Disembodiment, Dark Fantasy, Dreamweavers and more on-site at UTA Artist Space in Beverly Hills. Additionally, UTA Artist Space launched Artist Projects, an ongoing series of virtual collaborations with artists such as Shantell Martin and Iva Gueorguieva on the UTA Artist Space website.

Since its establishment in 2016, UTA Artist Space has presented notable exhibitions with interdisciplinary artists and creatives, including Derrick Adams, Myrtis Bedolla of Galerie Myrtis, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Essence Harden, Larry Clark, Petra Cortright, Conrad Egyir, Amanda Hunt, Mariane Ibrahim, Arcmanoro Niles, The Carpenter's Workshop Gallery, The Haas Brothers, and Ai Weiwei, among others.

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