Untitled, ca. 1946
watercolor and graphite on paper
signed lower right.
Provenance: From a private collection, Indianapolis, IN.
Biography from the archives of AskArt: Born in Almeria, Spain, Federico Castellon was a painter in surrealist style, sculptor, illustrator, teacher and printmaker. His full name was Federico Cristencia de Castellon y Martinez. He came to the United States in 1921, and received his citizenship in 1943. He was elected to membership in the National Academy of Design in New York and was a member of the Society of American Graphic Artists.
His surrealist style was influenced by Salvador Dali.
Castellon participated in the 1935 Paris Exhibition of Spanish Artists that included Pablo Picasso, Juan Gris, and Joan Miro. He taught successively in New York City at Teachers' College of Columbia University, Pratt Institute, and Queens College. He won numerous awards including two Guggenheim Fellowships and First Prize from the Library of Congress. A retrospective of his prints was held at the Allied Artists of America in 1978.
Illustration works included the Bullfinch's Mythology, The Story of Marco Polo, The Little Prince, and the 'Life' series The Epic of Man.
Note from Ray Castellon:
This was my uncle, my father's youngest brother. Uncle Federico led an interesting life. During WW II he was assigned to the OSS, and was in the Burma theater. The one who gave him his start was the famous Mexican artist Diego Rivera.
11"H x 9 1/2"W (image) 15 3/4" x 14" (frame)
Dimensions: 11"H x 9 1/2"W (image) 15 3/4" x 14" (frame)
Artist Name: Federico Castellon
Medium: watercolor and graphite on paper