Anton del Castillo was born in 1976 in Tondo, Manila. He earned his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in Fine Arts at the University of the Philippines Diliman. Most of his works delve of ideas on war and religion, and congruently deviate on the contemporary status quo. Del Castillo’s career blossomed from his first solo show “Under One Roof” (Cultural Center of the Philippines, 2005), from which more than 20 group and solo shows blossomed both locally and internationally. His artworks’ exposure catapults with various art awards and grants given to him, the most notable one would be the Asian Cultural Council Grant, allowing him residency in New York, USA.
A large portion of his oeuvre is dominated by the use of gold leaf. Upon this glimmering background, concepts and advocacies on society and history sit like true royalties. Reminiscent of this is his piece Conquistador exhibited at NOVA Gallery in 2009. In this work, his gold leaf renderings were supplemented with oil paint and presented a map as a free-standing sculpture. However, his works also grew from the traditional canvas, but were still fuelled with hard-pressed conceptualizations that he has now.