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Castillo to Create Portrait at Open Mind Zen Naples

Jan 29, 2016 10:58AM

José María Castillo self-portrait

Spectators can witness an original piece being created by an international artist at Art, Life and Spirituality: An Interactive Experience, with José María Castillo, from 10 a.m. to noon, February 20, at Open Mind Zen Naples. After a short guided meditation, Castillo will create an oil sketch portrait of a volunteer while discussing how it shows the oneness of art, life and spirituality.

Castillo studied at the National School of Fine Arts, in Lima, Perú. During the 70s, he moved to New York City and became a successful fashion illustrator for exclusive boutiques and stores. During this time, he began to paint portraits and became an art instructor at the Sacred Heart University of Puerto Rico. He also performed demonstrations at several institutes and taught private classes. More recently, Castillo has been teaching at the Von Liebig Art Center, in Naples, where he conducts private portraiture classes.

Suggested donation: $25, $20 for members and students. Space is limited and preregistration recommended. Location: 1250 Tamiami Tr. N., Ste. 205. For more information, call 239-961-2491 or visit

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