The works of Mexico City-based painter Francisco Castro have been described as “the finest abstract paintings of our time.” (Globe and Mail, Sept 8 2007) Built in layers of colour on a grid, the paintings consist of purposely faded hues, including burnished golds and burnt reds. A delightful sense of movement is elicited from the works due to the shifting of shapes, as the squares and lines lightly collide within the gridded space. Castro’s practice falls into a “configured” abstraction, dedicated to structures more than to Euclidian geometry, and admitting smears, stains, pencil marks and controlled accidents that, seen as a whole, give the impression of coherence and rigor.
As the foremost abstract painter of his generation in Mexico, Francisco Castro continues to exhibit widely in North America and Europe. His work is held in numerous public and private collections including: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art (New York City), the San Antonio Museum of Art and The Jumex Collection (Mexico City).