DESNUDO RECLINADO
Bronze
1990
Edition 3 of 5 33 1/2 x 24 1/4 x 20 5/8 inches (85.09 x 61.6 x 52.39 cm) Inscribed with signature
F. Castaneda 1990 III/V (on the base)

Felipe Castañeda


Reflecting on his life experience, Felipe Castañeda still marvels at the mysteries of an artist’s creation: "I still consider it a kind of miracle that forms almost identical to human beings are born out of a rock – and in some cases, the only thing lacking for them to be alive is for them to move of their own accord and speak."

He was born in 1933 in La Palma in the state of Michoacan, Mexico. The area in which Felipe grew up was rich with pre-Columbian artifacts, which influenced his work to exemplify both the traditional connection he has to Mexico as well help him connect to the modern Mexico of the present day. When he was a young man, Castañeda moved to Mexico City to participate in the country’s growing Contemporary art scene. In 1958, he entered La Esmeralda Painting and Sculpture Academy of the National Institute of Fine Arts. There, Felipe found his own distinctive approach to sculpture. In 1963 he finished his studies, and produced his first one-man show in 1970. Felipe worked along side many influential artists, among them Francisco Zúñiga. Castañeda concentrates mostly on the female form; his depiction of female beauty can be seen in his subjects’ abstract, stylized version of sensuality. He currently lives and works in Morelia, Mexico.

Castañeda has exhibitetd and received widespread recognition throughout the world. His commissioned public sculptures are placed in a number of Mexican cities, as well as in Palm Springs, California. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Museum of Art History in Cuidad Juarez, Mexico, among many others. Among the many honors that have been bestowed upon him include an award from UNICEF in 1980, from Israel in 1996, and from the International Academy of Modern Art in Rome in 1998.

Solo Exhibitions
1994 B. Lewin Galleries, Palm Springs, California
1995 Le Kae Galleries, Scottsdale, Arizona
1996 Instituto Cultural Mexicano Israel-IbereoAmerica, Mexico
1997 Galeria Lourdes, Chumacero, Mexico
Museo se la Isla de Cosumel, Mexico
1998 Mexican Cultural Institute, Los Angeles, California
1999 Whitney Gallery, Laguna Beach, California Alvarez Gallery, Laguna Beach, California “New Gallery Artist Exhibition,” Eleonore Austerer Gallery, San Francisco, California
2000 Anderson Art Gallery, Sunset Beach, California
   
Selected Exhibitions
1998 Expo Feria 98, Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico Muestra Internacional de Escultura, Zacatecas, Mexico
1999 Galeria Espacio, San Salvador, El Salvador Los Castanedas, Galeria Lourdes Chumacero Expo Feria 99, Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico
2001 Woskow, Maria Korusiewicz, Cheryl Barnett, and Jean-Jacque Blot, Eleonore Austerer Gallery, San Francisco, California “Portraits and Figure Survey,” A Group Show with Joseph Solman, Frances Genoves, Catherine
2002 “Mexican Master,” with Rufino Tamayo, Austerer-Crider Gallery, Palm Springs, California “Images of Latin America,” with Vladimir Cora, Rufino Tamayo, Francisco Zúñiga, and Francisco Ruiz, Eleonore Austerer Gallery, San Francisco, California