Carlos Manuel Castillo Rodriguez was born with a paint brush in his hand! His art has always been inspired by the landscapes of Pinar del Rio, in the eastern province of Cuba.
The miracle of Carlos Manuel's art is that he never attended a school for art! He started painting by observing his surroundings. The beautiful landscapes caught his eye and he has dedicated 15 years of his career to capturing what his intuition reveals to his painter's mind. Today, he’s a “Maestro” and mentor to a lot of young Cuban students.
His treasure and talent comes from his brushes. Carlos Manuel makes his own brushes with his spouses’ hair! A thick, strong but very soft hair that enables him to show every detail of every leaf that he finds in the unique Cuban country side.
The "Artist of the Mountains", a title Carlos refers to himself, is very faithful to his native region but also to his inner world of emotions and dreams.
He joined the team of Rainbow Bridge Studios in 2016. His love for the Invisible is a unique and inspiring story, especially when one considers that, like all Communist countries, one is educated with the false notion that physical reality is all there is to Life!
Besides offering high quality art to the world, look for Carlos in upcoming workshops as well as adding his voice to our Spanish language recordings!
His art was involved in the following exhibits:
1998: “The essence of a landscape”: Vinales, Pinar del Rio, Cuba
2000: “Submersion and Immersion of a river”: Gallery Victor Manuel, Havana, Cuba
2001: Third and Fourth Auction of Puerto Rican and South American Art: Puerto Rico
2002: Fifth Auction of Puerto Rican and South American Art: Puerto Rico
2003: “The Essence of a Landscape”: Arturo Regueiro, Pinar del Rio, Cuba
2004: “The life’s story of Mogotes”: Gallery Victor Manuel, Havana, Cuba
2006: “Fantastic Reality”: Museum of the Art, Pinar del Rio, Cuba
2011: “The way to Sumidero”: Gallery Los Oficios, Cuba
2013: “Two visions of Paula”: Gallery Carmen Montilla, Havana, Cuba
2014: “Two visions of Paula”: Hotel el Embajador, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
2014: Exhibition "Dreaming the World" Gallery Carmen Montilla, Havana, Cuba
2000- Cuban Art Collection: Gallery Oand, Portugal
2001- Cuban Art Collection: Gallery California, USA
2002- Cuban Art Collection: Gallery De Bodden, Dominican Republic
Carlos Manuel is a member of a collective of international artists working around the theme of "Human Beings, What Unifies Us?" Comprised of Cuban, European and American painters, sculptors and photographers, this collective was created to further the reopening of the relations between the United States and Cuba and aims at propagating the beauty and the peace of their island in a feeling of brotherhood with their American neighbors.