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Aldo Castillo

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Aldo Castillo
Aldo Castillo

Aldo Castillo is an artist and art dealer.


Castillo was born on August 23, 1956 in Ocotal, Nicaragua in the midst of a civil war. The son of Juan Jose Castillo Jarquin and Nimia del Carmen Flores Alaniz.

From 1976 to 1985 he lived, studied and work in Guatemala City. He relocated in 1985 to the United States, where he received a scholarship to study at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

In 1985 he was granted a scholarship to study at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and was granted political asylum in the USA from war torn Central America in 1986.

Early life[edit]

He studied architecture and graphic design at the Rafael Landivar University in Guatemala City. As a gifted artist, Castillo studied art with famous Latin American artists, including Guatemalan, Dagoberto Vasquez. He also studied in Lima, Peru with Cristina Galvez, Caytro Soto, and the German raku ceramic artist Linde Junge. Castillo showed early talent as a sculptor and had a solo show of his sculptures and drawings, “Aldo Castillo De-Coarts,” organized at the Popol Vuh Museum in Guatemala City in September, 1985.


  • 1986 The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL., Post Baccalaureate in Fine Arts
  • 1982 Rafael Landivar University, Guatemala City, Guatemala, Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design
  • 1976–1979 Rafael Landivar University, Guatemala City, Guatemala, Major: Architecture
  • 1973 Exchange student at Eleva Strum Central High School, Eleva, Wisconsing
  • 1975 Completed High School at the Colegio Moravo, Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua

In Guatemala City, Castillo had the opportunity to study art with several famous Latin American artists including Dagoberto Vasquez. He also studied in Lima, Peru with Cristina Galvez, Caytro Soto and the German raku ceramic artist Linde Junge.


  • 2016 Spectrum Miami 2016: Director's Award Aldo Castillo ArtSpot.
  • 2004 Hispanic Trends Magazine: Aldo Castillo Gallery, Top 100 Entrepreneurs. Aldo Castillo included in the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame Museum of the Americas, Honorary Member. Honorary Award – Leading Force in Creating Unity and Understanding among the Diverse Nationalities Shaping the Latino Community of Cook County.
  • 2004 October, 5 Cook County of Illinois and the Board of Commissioners.
  • 2003 Business and Technology Leadership Award.
  • 2003 November, 20 IBM and Windy City Media Group. Gallery of the Year Award.
  • 2003 June, 12 Metropolitan Fine Arts Counsel. Business of the Year Award.
  • 2003 March, 12 River North Association. Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Contributions to the Art Community of Chicago.
  • 2003 January, 18 Friends of the Arts (FOTA).

Aldo Castillo Gallery[edit]

The Aldo Castillo gallery is one of the world's leading contemporary art galleries. Offering paintings, photography, drawings, sculpture, works on paper, digital art & new media installations. Representing established international artists & serving private collectors, museum collections and design professionals. Founded in Chicago in 1993 & a former member of Chicago Art Dealers Association (CADA).

In 1993 Castillo founded Chicago’s Aldo Castillo Gallery, enjoying membership in the Chicago Art Dealers Association (CADA). The gallery specialized in Latin American art. Since its inception, the eponymous gallery has had a tremendous impact on both the art community and the general public. Its program of innovative shows combined with educational activities brought greater meaning, significance, and value to the artists it represents. In addition, its installations became a showcase for corporations, celebrities, schools and universities, politicians, and a variety of organizations that wish to promote culture. In 2005 Aldo Castillo was inducted into the Chicago LGBT hall of fame, which recognizes the contributions of Chicago’s lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender communities to the eradication homophobic bias and discrimination.


  1. Chicago Arteahora. 2008, 2009, 2010. Aldo Castillo, Director
  2. MIA-Miami International Art Fair. 2011. Aldo Castillo, Director
  3. ARTShanghai International Wing. 2011, 2012. Aldo Castillo, Director
  4. ArtSpot San Diego. 2014. Aldo Castillo, Director

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