René Castillo-Ramos

1956

Ponce, Puerto Rico

Formal Education:

I am a Puerto Rican artist educated  in the fields of Photography and Fine Art.

1971-73 I started my artistic journey with private lessons in drawing and painting with José Azaustre, a Spaniard academic painter established in Ponce, PR.  

During the same time, got interested in Photography. Read specialized books to reinforce my knowledge in the matter. The last years of High School, I spent my free time drawing, painting and taking photographs of my surroundings and subjects that interested me..

In 1975 I left home, to study Psychology at Mayaguez Campus of the University of Puerto Rico. I complemented my interest in art by taking elective classes with art professors; Carmelo Fontánez, Maria Luisa Penne de Castillo and Saint Germaine. In 1977 after three years of University studies in Mayaguez, I transferred to Sacred Heart University in San Juan, where I completed a BA in Art and Sciences-Psychology Mayor.

In 1978, at the same time I was studying at USC, I began to study a one year specialized course of professional photography at the Puerto Rican Institute of Photography. The institute was founded and directed by Jorge Santana, who at that time was Puerto Rico’s most recognized Advertising Photographer.

I learned the basics of the trade under the tutelage of Photographer -Richard Rojas, Darkroom Master -Edgardo Buxeda and Jorge Santana himself. At the completion of the study program composed by the lessons of nine other professors , I was selected by the Faculty Committee, as that years (1978-79) most advanced student. As the result of that evaluation, I landed a job at Santana’s Studio as B&W Lab Technician.

I went on to work at Willy Alonzo Photo Studio. For a year, I worked as First Assistant of Photography and managed both the B&W and E-6 transparency labs.

Advanced Professional Experience:

In 1980-84 in search of additional professional experience at a higher level, I moved to Los Angeles California. At  LA, I worked as Photo-assistant for renowned photographers: Mark Coppos, Jay Ahrend, Steve Harvey, Elise Lewin and Reed Fenton.

My own Photographic Studio:

  In 1985, I returned to the island and established my own commercial photo-studio in San Juan. Was dedicated to  advertising photography  until 2000. 

In my Studio, I produced specialized photography for the mayor advertising agencies and an extensive list of direct clients. Some of these were: FCB Espasas,Lopito Ileana & Howie, BBDO PR, Badillo Satchi & Satchi, Martí Flores Prieto, MBM Publicidad and Young and Rubicam.

Lasting association with my Mentor, Augusto Marín:

In 1987 I met renowned artist Augusto Marín. Started my collaboration with him, photographing his paintings for the catalogs of his exhibitions. During that time I received the tutelage of Marín’s guidance and expanded my knowledge in: image design, artistic method, creative technics of plastic execution and about the peculiarities of the local art market. My educative and working relationship with Marín lasted until his death in 2011. During the years that followed I met and collaborated in art proyects with other principal figures of the art community. Artists Jonh Balossi, Carmelo Fontánez, Carlos Irizarry, Alfonso Arana, Marta Pérez, Andy Bueso, Carlos Ortíz, “Sueños”, influenced my learning experience about art.

Showing my art work:

1995- Started creating art photography for exhibition. Produced photographs of live models in b&w and color. Later by proyecting the negatives and transparencies onto a backdrop I added color and texture effects for a final composed image. I exhibited two of this photo- lignt proyected prints at my first collective exhibition at the Carnegie Lybrary.

In 1996 I produced a Series of 22 conceptual photographs titled “Carnaval Fabulesco”. For this work, I produced a photo session with live models and latter intervened the resulting transparencies by scratching and painting the cellulose to create altered images. This pioneered experimental work was my first solo exhibition at “Galería Forum de las Artes”.

Through the years I have participated in some twenty four art expositions in private venues and public institutions in Puerto Rico.

Some of the most prominent expositions held in San Juan, PR :

Individual:

2004-“Eco de las Lucernas Noctámbulas”, Lexus Art Rhythms, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico.

2003-Photography Exhibition, Noches de Galería, Liga de Arte de San Juan, Galería Delta Pico.

2001- “Eco de las Lucernas Noctámbulas”, Museo Casa Roig, Universidad de Puerto Rico.

1997-“Carnaval Fabulesco”, Casa Aboy-Galería PL 900.

Collective:

2009-“Bocetos Encontrados”, Homenaje a Augusto Marín, Galeria Veve.

2008-“Cien Años de Corretjer”, Museo del Arsenal de la Puntilla, Derechos Civiles”, VI Bienal de Fotografía de Puerto Rico, Museo de las Américas, Sala 3.

2006-“Una Mirada sobre San Juan”, V Bienal de Fotografía de Puerto Rico, Museo de las Américas, “Miniaturas en Portada”, Revista Arte, Dominican Republic.

2004- “En Saludo a la Bienal”, IV Bienal de Fotografía de Puerto Rico, Museo de las Américas, Sala 7, “Ave América”, Interamerican University.

2002- III Bienal Internacional de Fotografía, Museo de Las Américas, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña.

1996- “Junte”, Casa Aboy-Galería PL 900. “El Desnudo”, Diseño Isleño, SJ, PR, “Arte Puertorriqueño”, Superior Education Council, Department of Education.

1995- “Primavera Fotográfica”, Carnegie Library.     

Concept rational: 

I create my art work by combining  different methods of execution. I integrate: photography, fine art processes and digital art. My body of exhibited art works compiles Photography -traditional, experimental and digital-; Acrylic  and digital painting, Mixed Media mono types  and handmade and digital originated Drawings.

 

René Castillo Ramos Copyright © 2015

Ancient ruins under the surface  by René Castillo Ramos
Ancient ruins under the surface by René Castillo Ramos

From exhibition Series titled "Riddles".Digitally manipulated creative photography- Limited Edition of a total of only 10 signed and numbered art works. High resolution image, printed over canvas. Professional quality permanent ink, sealed with varnish. Quality of color saturation and brilliance of image will last decades in perfect condition. Offered unframed. Regular price $350. for Extra large 30" x 36" size. includes Certificate of Authenticity and Value.

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Enlightened traveler by René Castillo-Ramos
Enlightened traveler by René Castillo-Ramos

From exhibition Series titled "Riddles" Digitally manipulated creative photography- Limited Edition of a total of only 10 signed and numbered art works. High resolution image, printed over canvas. Professional quality permanent ink, sealed with varnish. Quality of color saturation and brilliance of image will last decades in perfect condition. Offered unframed. Regular price $600. for Extra large 52" x 39" size. includes Certificate of Authenticity and Value.

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Titled "En cuclillas" by artist René Castillo
Titled "En cuclillas" by artist René Castillo

Original Hand made line drawing. Scanned at high resolution. Limited Edition of a total 10 art works, signed and numbered. High resolution image, printed over canvas. Professional quality permanent ink, sealed with varnish. Border at contours, for framing wrap around of stretcher frame. Special orders of this art can be modified to a size proportional of original dimensions. Email me for a price quote of desired size.Includes Certificate of Authenticity. Price $425. quoted for 30"x22" size

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Titled "Harlequin's teardrop" 2011
Titled "Harlequin's teardrop" 2011

Artist René Castillo Ramos. High resolution, original digital art. Best quality of color saturation and brilliance of image will last decades in perfect condition. Limited Edition of a total of only 10 art works. Large 31x40 in. large format, high resolution art work. We accept special orders of this art, to be modified to a proportional size of original dimensions. Email me for a price quote of desired size. Includes Certificate of Authenticity and Value. Free shipping! Price $550.

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Platica
Platica

Original color drawing, on paper. Scanned at high resolution and transformed to digital art Painted, enhance and enlarged to print over canvas. Price quoted for image size 33.5 x 45.5”. $525.

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Jarana en Carnaval,  2009
Jarana en Carnaval, 2009

Original high resolution digital art. Digitally created, painted and enlarge to print over canvas. Price quoted for image size 31”x 45”. $525.

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At the market, 2015
At the market, 2015

Original color drawing, on paper. Scanned at high resolution and transformed to digital art Painted, enhance and enlarged to print over canvas. Price quoted for image size 36 x 48”. $550.

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Interior path, 2007
Interior path, 2007

Original high resolution digital art. Digitally created, painted and enlarge to print over canvas. Price quoted for image size 20"X 15". $400.

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Coast edges, 2007
Coast edges, 2007

High resolution digital art creation. Price quoted for image size 35”x 43”size. $500.

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Active engrams, 2007
Active engrams, 2007

High resolution digital art creation. Price quoted for image size 35 x 26.5". $475.

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Suspended spheres
Suspended spheres

High resolution digital art creation. Price quoted for image size 31”x 41”size. $525.

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Relief drawing, 2011
Relief drawing, 2011

Original color drawing, on paper. Scanned at high resolution and trans-formed to digital art to enlarge and print over canvas.Price quoted for image size 38 x 33.5”. $650.

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Alive puzzle, 2012
Alive puzzle, 2012

2012 original color drawing on paper. Scanned as high resolution image. Digitally retouched and enhanced to enlarge and print over canvas. Price quoted for 39 x 53” $600.

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Brote lumínico,  2007
Brote lumínico, 2007

Original high resolution digital art creation. Digitally retouched and enhanced to enlarge and print over canvas. Price quoted for 40x48". $575.

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Guarded portal, 2007
Guarded portal, 2007

Original photograph transformed to a high resolution digital art. Digitally retouched, colored and enhanced to enlarge and print over canvas. Price quoted for 35"x 50"size. $650.

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Under surface, 2014
Under surface, 2014

Original high resolution digital art. Digitally created, painted, enhanced and enlarge to print over canvas. Price quoted for image size 35 x 68". $850.

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Nautilus, 2007
Nautilus, 2007

Original photograph transformed to a high resolution digital art. Digitally retouched, colored and enhanced to print over canvas. Price quoted for image size 42”x 32”size. $525.

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"Levitating garden", 2012
"Levitating garden", 2012

Original high resolution digital art. Digitally created, painted and enlarge to print over canvas. Price quoted for image size 35”x 42”size. $525.

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Fertile seed, 2018
Fertile seed, 2018

Original high resolution digital art. Digitally created, painted and enlarge to print over canvas. Price quoted for image size 40”x 36”. $550.

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Volcano, 2007
Volcano, 2007

Original high resolution digital art. Digitally created, painted and enlarged to print over canvas. Price quoted for image size 38”x 50”size. $600.

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Crest of joy, 2007
Crest of joy, 2007

Original high resolution digital art. Digitally created, painted and enlarged to print over canvas. Price quoted for image size 43”x 32”size. $525.

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Weight of time, 2007
Weight of time, 2007

Original high resolution digital art. Digitally created, painted and enlarged to print over canvas. Price quoted for image size 40”x 46”size. $600.

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Creative vibrations, 2007
Creative vibrations, 2007

Original high resolution digital art. Digitally created, painted and enlarge to print over canvas. Price quoted for image size 33”x48”size. $550.

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Fallen angel, 2015
Fallen angel, 2015

Original high resolution digital art. Digitally created, painted and enlarge to print over canvas. Price quoted for image size 25”x 36”size. $475.

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Lonely bloom, 2014
Lonely bloom, 2014

Original Digital Art- high resolution image, printed over canvas. Professional quality permanent ink, sealed with varnish. Canvas size 36"x 28". Unframed. $475.

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In Blum 3, 2014
In Blum 3, 2014

Original high resolution digital art. Digitally created, painted and enlarge to print over canvas. Price quoted for image size 28”x 36”. $475.

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Lava, 2015
Lava, 2015

Original high resolution digital art. Digitally created, painted and enlarge to print over canvas. Price quoted for image size 35”x 42”. $475.

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Quantum super position, 2014
Quantum super position, 2014

Original high resolution digital art. Digitally created, painted and enlarge to print over canvas. Price quoted for image size 38”x 38”. $500.

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Wave function, 2015
Wave function, 2015

Original high resolution digital art. Digitally created, painted and enlarge to print over canvas. Price quoted for image size 35”x 43”. $525.

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Worldly distortions, 2007
Worldly distortions, 2007

Original high resolution digital art. Digitally created, painted and enlarge to print over canvas. Price quoted for image size 42”x32”. $525.

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All these original creations are published Limited Edition of only 10 hand signed and numbered art works. Printed over canvas. We only use  professional grade, high quality permanent ink,. Every art is sealed with acrylic varnish. A 2" colored border outlines the image, to establish its contour, for positioning on a stretcher frame. Art is offered unframed.  A Certificate Authenticity and Value is included.

Special orders of Any of these digital creations, can be modified to a different proportional size of the original dimensions. Email me for a price quote. Allow 5 days for production.