Who Am I ?
1: Who am I?
I am Manny Casto: artist-provocateur.
2: What do you do and what project are you currently working on?
I make hyper-real art and I’m fascinated with the ridiculous. I most recently created paintings in collaboration with the swag pop duo Karmin for their newly released music video “Brokenhearted“.
3: Where are you from and where are you going?
I crawled out of my mother’s womb in Miami Beach, went to Parsons in NYC (a city that teaches you more than any school ever could), and now I’m in L.A., where fake is the only real thing I know. I am currently embarking on a new collection of paintings for a show in London this fall. Stay tuned.
4: Who is your biggest hero?
Barbie. She’s incredibly wise and yet doesn’t look a day over twenty.
5: What book is your bible?
Classy by long time friend Derek Blasberg.
6: What are some things you love? And some things you hate?
I love anything that is completely superficial. I can’t really think of anything I hate, I don’t wast my time with things like that.
7: What is your raison d’être?
I was put here to shine. That’s just what I’m gonna do.
8: What is your favorite color?
I’m a whore for color! For me it’s more about favorite color combinations than discriminating against one particular color. Currently I’m obsessed with painting neon orange up against a rich turquoise.
9: Who is your favorite comic book superhero?
10: What is your favorite NYC hot spot?
Pounds & Ounces, which is a brand new restaurant in Chelsea. I was so thrilled to be commissioned by über talented interior designer Nathan Andrew to make a 36′ long painting titled ‘Food Fight’ that will be a permanent fixture there.
11: What turns you on?
My boyfriend who is a very talented T.V. and film composer.
12: What would the last question of this questionnaire be if you were the one asking?
What makes you happy?
Manny Castro is rapidly becoming a household name. In 2011, he drew a great deal of attention by displaying a 30-by-30 foot painting of Lady Gaga depicted as Christ over the Hollywood hills, which Perez Hilton called “amazeballs” on his website. Most recently he was responsible for hanging thousands of ruby slippers over power lines throughout the greater Los Angeles area, as well as installing oversized simulated cocaine bags on telephone poles around major intersections. This campaign, which spawned mixed reactions of outrage and delight was promotion for his sold out “This Hollywood Life” show.
After studying at Parsons The New School for Design in New York, Castro launched his fine art career with his first solo show being the main window installations for Saks Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, and subsequently additional installations at Barney’s New York and Fred Segal in Los Angeles.
Since relocating from New York to Los Angeles, some of Hollywood’s greatest have posed for him including Milla Jovovich, Derek Blasberg, Agnes Bruckner, Amanda Lepore, Patrick McMullan, and also Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan from the band “Karmin”. He has remained true to his belief that art is an experience that should be easily accessible to anyone and everyone.
Questions by PMc Magazine
Edited by Meaghan Coffey
Photography by Brendan Abbott
Design by Jillian Mercado
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Manny Castro, Photography by Brendan Abbott