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Galería Hanbell


Andrea Castaneda Castro 

Andrea was born in Tegucigalpa, Honduras and her beginnings as an artist were from a very
young age. She always had colored pencils and drawing paper by her side. She made her very
first mural at the age of 13 for the Royal Kids of America San Pedro Sula School and her first
job as an illustrator in Calderon Publicidad company. However, there were some bumps
along the road, when she started high school she became the subject of bullying, but she
used this negative energy to help grow her talent. When her classmates bothered her, she
took refuge in her drawings. She built her world of colors and that helped her to cope with
the difficult time she was going through.

Andrea did not have an easy adolescence, her parents divorced and then suddenly her
mother received a job opportunity in Mexico, so the whole family moved there. At the age of
15 she remembers her father Piedesign as her mentor from a distance. However, coming to
Mexico proved to be a great challenge, the bullying increased but even so bullying continue
she never stopped painting.

Andrea sold her first painting at the age of 15, then she followed her passion for comics and
did some professional ones with her sister. known as MK Joe who is a professional
illustrator. Andrea then continued her art career studying at Savannah College of Art &
Design where she studied illustration for a year. She continued studying graphic design
when she returned to Mexico and at the same time worked as an illustrator for several
foreign companies, illustrating children’s e-books and participating in comic creation
contests with her sister.

After Mexico, Andrea traveled back to Honduras in order to sort out her documents to go
and study in Italy. She wanted to be a painter there and experience something new in a new

country. The process became complicated as Honduras had political problems and so she
stayed longer and travel to Roatan island, a short boat ride away from the Honduran coast.
Living on this island is something that she will always remember as her beginnings as a

One day she decided to put her easel on the street in the West End of the Island and started
painting in front of many people so they would know who she was. Then, a small restaurant
called ‘Off the Hook’ hired her to paint murals, signs, artistic paintings on wood, tables and
countless things. They gave her the opportunity to transform their restaurant into an art

After the word spread, a lot of places began hiring her, different restaurants, bars, Dive shops
and more to paint them beautiful murals to brighten up their place. As her amount of work
grew the people from the island recognized her as an artist and her works were listed, the
population of the island recognized me as “Andrea the Artist”. She also worked with a
famous artist from Honduras next to a rock band. She painted several times live while they
played music. It was one of the best
experiences of her life combining music and art.

Since then, she has continued her art career as a muralist in Mexico and now, in the United
States. Being in the US has allowed her to present her art in galleries in Washington DC,
murals, local competitions and she has learned the art of body painting. She has been
studying painting techniques on her own and improving her artistic portfolio. Thanks to her
dedication and work, she has been able to exhibit her paintings to different galleries. This
has given her the opportunity to also present her pieces in different countries such as;
Argentina, Spain, USA and Honduras. . Now she is sponsored as an artist by Eco Workers, a
Mexican company and she launched two stores where she will sell some specific items and

She is building an Honduran online art gallery with the famous artist, MC Gallery that will
be featuring Honduran artists. League of Reston Artist, AHAP Honduran artist
Organization and Sacred art productions.

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Andrea Castaneda Castro

Based in Woodbridge, Virginia

Instagram: @andreacastanedacastro

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What are some positive traits that you believe you carry?

 I’m a hard worker and I believe it is important to think BIG have big dreams. Always be
creative and innovative.

What prompted you to want to be an artist?

It's a long story, but my dad is a fine artist and my sister is an illustrator. From a young age, I was always pushed by my family to study in the arts. They have continually told me that I was an artist before I came to realize it myself, that art was my true passion. However, this was just one of the many reasons why I chose this career. 

What themes do you pursue?

People know me as the girl that paints elders around natural beautiful themes. But now I’m starting to paint younger people to be more diverse and discover new artwork.
Also, I love dark & gothic art but also love whimsical artwork. So I try to make a combination of both more light than dark but still I want to add that.

Do you have any long-term goals? How do you ensure that you are moving along that path?

I’m building an Honduran online gallery with a very known artist of my country Honduras
Mc Gallery Art. I want to have my own art gallery just of my art in the future, however right now my gallery is virtual. Also I want to buy a judge printer to print prints of my artwork in different sizes. I’m studying a master program in Fine arts. I'm planning to study marketing for my business and I want to take some art classes in Italy in the future. I just paid for an art history course so I have to finish that also. I want to keep improving my artwork. One day I will make a series of abstract paintings because I believe it is an amazing style. Overall, I have many plans and projects for the future.

What's integral to the work of an arist?

For me it is work with high-quality materials, make your work on time, keep learning, always to evolve as an artist and as a human being. Lastly, the most important thing for me is to remain humble.

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