The Golden Age
Artist: Andrea Castaneda Castro
Based in Woodbridge, Virginia, USA
The golden age is a collection that expresses the deepest emotions of the being, and is dedicated to contemplating the soul of those who have lost faith. I often used colors and gold leaf on my paintings which shine and vibrate bright with intensity, I wanted to make this a bright, full collection of paintings that are very detailed, flowery, and shine in order to create a vibrating energy for those souls that feel lost, alone or unknown.
I'm often inspired by senior citizens because of their wisdom, compassion, and love. Through their experiences in life, they have managed to establish better priorities. They are people from whom you can ask for advice. They are very patient, tolerant, and merciful.
I characterize myself as being a sensitive person and like any artist, my feelings are on the surface. I reach out to many others in this world through thoughtful and beautiful paintings of birds and animals in their natural habitat. I hope these paintings will encourage others to appreciate and protect all living beings.
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 muralist.
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 gallery.
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 her 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 prints.
She is building a 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.