Ver ArtistaChary Castro-Marin

The artist was born in Cienfuegos, Cuba. Her enthusiasm for the arts became evident at a very early age through her drawings and musical skills. At age 16 she graduated as a concertist at the Conservatorio Amadeo Roldan in La Habana, Cuba and continued her classical repertory studies under the direction of the late Maestro Cesar Perez Centenat. She gave multiple piano recitals in Cuba and abroad. With her family she moved to New York where she lived for several years. In Arizona art expressions has continued being part of her life as a student at Arizona State University and as an individual artist creating beautiful pieces of art, using paper and canvas as a media to reach her audience.
Chary can be reach at her Atelier/Studio located in Phoenix, Arizona

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(602) 369-9549
CHARY CASTRO-MARIN Artist's Statement

I focus mainly on the theme of the particular piece and the communication of my feelings. These are my essential tools to connect with the viewer. By assuming the canons with which he or she is familiar I aim to create an atmosphere of empathy where a comfortable dialogue can ensue. As is obvious the relation with the viewer is crucial for me, my basic goal, since I consider myself merely a magic- maker.
I begin by choosing a technical solution that seeks to manifest itself. In general I believe that's what painting is: the ideal vehicle to suggest illusions, hints of something that wants to be… but that is only shapes and colors.
The longing of all these years living outside of Cuba has marked me in profound ways, in diverse ways: from the language--the words themselves--the culture, the ethos.
Through my work I metabolize the spaces that surround me and my vital experiences, the early life stages in Cuba and later here in the United States, first in New York and then in Phoenix. Living in these two American cities with very distinct and different identities and habits also has had a great impact. I am very familiar with what's known as “existential shock”, the difficulty in adapting to a new environment due to political and cultural differences. The constant questioning of my identity shows clearly in my art, in added layers and sharp edges.
Staying put in the same place can be wearisome. Each new experience both nourishes and changes us. This is evident in my paintings where autobiographical elements abound.
Ultimately I do not seek for transcendence through art. I paint solely for the joy, the delight in the process. Life for me is Art. Sometimes I sketch it, others I fill it with colors or perceive it through music.
Music… my faithful partner in the battle.

Exhibitions 2013

Object d'Art Auction
Herberger Theatre Art Gallery
Phoenix, Arizona
March 1-31, 2013
The JOE & Jan Show
Robrt Pela Contemporary Art Gallery
Phoenix, Arizona
March 1-31, 2013


Curated by Robrt Pela
Herberger Theatre Art gallery
Phoenix, Arizona
October-December 2012

Latinos Creciendo Presents:
Art for the Holidays: Arte con proposito
Curated by Victor Caldee
Phoenix Arizona
November 30th, 2012

CHOMPS: A show about comestibles
Curated by Robrt Pela
The Herberger Theatre Art Gallery at The University Club of Phoenix
Ohoenix, Arizona
July 15-September 15, 2012

Cortadito en la Calle ocho
Curated by Leandro Soto & Dra Grisel Pujala
Presented by CAFE: The Journeys of Cuban Writers & Artists of the Cuban Diaspora
Cremata Art gallery
Miami, Florida
June 7-July7, 2012

Art Beat 5-2012
Yuma Arizona
April 2012

Lilly Oncologt and the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS) 2012


The Dearing Studio Gallery
10806 N 32nd Street
Phoenix, Az.85028
November 2011

Exhibitions Performances
Poetry Readings Lectures
& Much More...


CAFÉ XII: The Journeys of Writers and Artists of the Cuban Diaspora
CUBA & BEYOND at Sangre de Cristo Arts Center
White Gallery through Sept. 10, 2011

King Gallery through Oct. 15,2011

147 E Adams St Ohenix, Az 85004
Los Suen~os y el tiempo II
MARCH 4 - APRIL- 30 / 2011


Passage StMichel Gallery
Bordeaux, France
April 9 2010

Paulina Miller Gallery
817 N. First Street
Phoenix, Az 85004
Los Suen~os y el Tiempo I
The Dreams & the Times
The Jurney of Cuban Artists
February to March 2010


Estimados cafeteros:
La ultima expo CAFE XI: The Journeys of Writers and Artists of The Cuban Diaspora se exhibio como parte del congreso academico:
2nd International Conference on Caribbean Studies", en la universidad Marquette University , en Milwaukee, Wisconsin, en el Henke Exhibition Room y en un teatro de la universidad. El evento incluyo performance art, video y piezas en nueva media, asi como dibujos, fotografia, pinturas, ceramicas, instalacion, y arte objeto.

Hubo una mesa academica dedicada especialmente a esta expo-evento donde leyeron ponencias y mostraron images de piezas en previos CAFE's por:
Grisel Pujala, University of West Indies, Andrea Herrera, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, y Alicia cantellano , Florida International University.
Este encuentro tambien sirvio para mover/planear el proximo CAFE XII que sera en Colorado, en varias instituciones simultaneamente, con la presentacion del libro de Andrea Herrera que ya estara impreso para esa fecha.

A las presentaciones llegaron participantes academicos del congreso interesados en el tema de la diaspora cubana y en el arte producido por la diaspora de artistas cubanos, asi como artistas locales, escritores, y estudiantes de arte.

Lista de artistas participantes:
Natasha Perdomo,Victor Caldee, Raoul Villareal,Guido Llinas,Nelson Garcia Miranda,
Rosario Castro Marin, Israel Leon, Roberto Wong, Yovani Bauta, Paolo Simeon, Pedro Portal, Sergio Garcia, Dora Hernandez, Armando Tejuca, Jose Bedia, Rafael Lopez Ramos, Cesar Garcia,Glexis Novoa, Jorge Luis Morejon, Alejandro Lopez, Joaquin Gonzalez, Elizabet Cerejido, Tony Mendoza, los artistas invitados fueron Annalee Davis de Barbados y Raoul Deal de MIlwaukee. Mantenemos la tradicion de invitar a artistas que entienden la situacion diasporica, especialmente si viven en la ciudad donde se hace la expo.

Cafe X

The University of The West Indies Cave Hill Campus
Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination

Invites you to join them for their
International Diaspora Festival
End of Year Exposition

In Association with
Faculty of Humanities & Education
Department of Language, Linguistics & Literatures presents

Café X Cuban American Foremost Exhibitions
The Journeys of Writers and Artists of the Cuban Diaspora

Festival Opening
March 26th, 2010
Art Experience with Performances
The Art Gallery

Cuban Diaspora Symposium
March 27th, 2010
10:00am - 5:00pm
Performance, Roundtables, Lectures,
Film & Bilingual Poetry Readings
Performance, Roundtables, Lectures,
Film & Bilingual Poetry Readings

Curators Dr. Grisel Pujala & Leandro Soto

Da Kink in My Hair
March 27th, 2020
World Theatre Day

March 28th, 2010
5:00pm & 8:00pm

General Admission $10

George Lamming Pedagogical Centre

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International Diaspora Festival
For Release Upon Receipt - March 26, 2010

March 26th to April 18th 2010

The Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination (EBCCI) welcomes Barbados again to its annual end of year celebrations with student productions in Theatre, Dance, Film and Music. Last year the EBCCI celebrated the close of the academic year under the theme Imagine Reel Art hosting South African Films and their Directors Dr. Anthony Fisher and Abdulkadir Said, the Travelling Caribbean Film Showcase and the Director of the Caribbean’s Premier Animation Festival Anime Caribe and University of Trinidad and Tobago’s Animation Programme Director; Camille Selvon Abrahams.

This year’s celebration marks the return of the EBCCI’s its International Diaspora Festival in association with the Faculty of Humanities and Education, Department of Language, Linguistics and Literatures as it celebrates and explores the Cuban Diaspora led by lecturers Dr Grisel Pujala and Leandro Soto Faculty of the Department of LLL and EBCCI respectively.

This investigation into the narrative of the Cuban American Diaspora seeks to examine the Cuban culture of displacement for the past 200 years. This festival discourse will include CAFE X (Cuban American Foremost Exhibition) which explores the integration of diverse cultural elements in Cuban diasporic art and literature by rethinking themes of nationhood and displaced identity. There will be a full day Symposium on Saturday March 27th 2010 from 10a.m. with guests Neri Tores, Dancer and Choreographer and Dr. Andrea Herrera from the Colorado State University at Colorado Springs in the Cinemathque of the (EBCCI) to discuss these themes. The Cuban exploration commences with the art of Cuban American Artists such as, Israel Leon, Pedro Portal, Tomas Oliva, Ana Flores and co Curator Leandro Soto. Art enthusiasts can look forward to an environmental exhibition in the Art Gallery of the EBCCI with Café Talks with Curators throughout the exhibition which opens the season on Friday March 26th at 7p.m., with diasporic performances. The exhibition will continue until April 23rd 2010.

In residence/tour & one person show
Bordeaux, France & Bilbao, Spain


World Art Vision: Cancun 2008 05-14 December
Cancun Center, Cancun, Quintana Roo
Collective show

“Cafe IX”
Galeria Lo Nuestro
Phoenix, Arizona
Collective show, June 2008

“Cafe VIII”
The Journeys of Cuban Artists
Temple University, Rome Campus
Rome, Italy
Collective Show. October 7-26 2008


Biennale Internazionale Dell’Arte Contemporanea
Citta Di Firenze, Italy
Sesta Edizione 2007
December 1-9 2007

Kunst Forum International of Meisterschwanden, Switzerland in collaboration with the Galerie Del Mese-Fischer and the International Art Magazine “FUTURO” Presents:
The Fifth “Seetal “ 2007 Town of Deruta, Switzerland.

The artwork of Chary Castro-Marin, one person show.
Feb 2-26 2007 Phoenix, Arizona
Located in DownTown Phoenix, Az on 316 W. McDowell Rd Suite 103 Inside The Garfield Galleria.
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