I’m identified with Pop Surrealism because it was the movement that I saw on the Internet before I left Chile. I thought it was fascinating to mix comics and traditional painting — that’s the only real link I have to Pop Surrealism. I was on the other side of the world from where it was coming from, so my connection is very indirect. Also, I think there is politics in my paintings, maybe not directly but subliminally, and I don’t see that in Pop Surrealism. I think my paintings are of the subconscious and from there they are ambiguous — what they have is a sense of the sinister, of what’s there everyday but that we don’t see.


Victor Castillo was born in Santiago, Chile in 1973. He began drawing obsessively at the age of five, inspired by the animations he saw on television, science fiction movies, and the illustrations on record covers such as Pink Floyd’s “The Wall”.

I began to draw obsessively when I was five years old. Painting came much later, spontaneously, but in the beginning I didn’t take it very seriously. It was when I visited the Prado Museum that I felt painting with in a more complex way. On this occasion I felt a profound respect for painting that I had never felt before. I was fascinated with Hieronymus Bosch and the “black paintings” of Francisco Goya. The truth is that I don’t imagine myself doing anything besides art,