Biography

Pablo Javier Castillo Huerta is an interdisciplinary artist. They are the first of their family to be born here on Treaty One Territory (Winnipeg, MB). Their parents migrated from Mesoamerica (Guatemala) to Canada in the 1980’s. Guatemala, as with most Latin American countries, has a complicated history of colonization, state-sanctioned violence, corruption, and imperialism. Canada has dealt with a lot of these same issues and these historical parallels are explored in their work. Castillo Huerta has a keen interest in the ancient knowledge, mythology and oral histories of Indigenous peoples worldwide, specifically with that of their own Maya ancestry. Sustainability, activism and environmentalism are also deeply rooted in their practice – as a result, these concepts inform most of the processes, methodologies, and material/location decisions in their work. Their main disciplines are: sculpture, installation, painting, drawing, curation, photography, music, video and graphic design.