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 Zuniga. 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 exhibited 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.
Images of Latin America, with Vladimir Cora, Rufino Tamayo, Francisco Zuniga, and Francisco Ruiz, Eleonore Austerer Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Mexican Masters, with Rufino Tamayo, Austerer, Crider Gallery, Palm Springs, CA
Portraits and Figure Survey, A Group Show with Joseph Solman, Francecs Genoves, Catherine Woskow, Maria Korusiewicz, Cheryl Barnett, and Jean-Jacque Blot, Eleonore Austerer Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Anderson Art Gallery, Sunset Beach, CA (solo)
New Gallery Artist Exhibition, Eleonore Austerer Gallery, San Francisco, CA (solo)
Alvarez Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA (solo)
Whitney Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA (solo)
Expo Feria 99, Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico
Los Castanedas, Galeria Lourdes Chumacero, Galeria Espacio, San Salvador, El Salvador
Muestra Internacional de Escultura, Zacatecas, Mexico
Expo Feria 98, Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico
Mexican Cultural Institute, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
Museo se la Isla de Cosumel, Mexico (solo)
Galeria Lourdes, Chumacero, Mexico (solo)
Instituto Cultural Mexicano Israel-IbereoAmerica, Mexico (solo)
Le Kae Galleries, Scottsdale, AZ (solo)
B. Lewin Galleries, Palm Springs, CA (solo)