Of his involvement with art, Mario Castillo says, “I feel a sense of responsibility to be true to myself and to my personal history. This in turn gives me the foundation with which I approach and interpret my environment, society, and the world. My artwork should be and is a synthesis of all the input which exists within my total self.” Castillo received his BFA from the School of the Art Institute, Chicago and an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts. He currently resides in Chicago and teaches at College Chicago. In 1968, Castillo’s mural Metaphysics launched the Mexican mural movement in Chicago. Since 1983, Castillo has utilized the 3000-year-old faces from Pre-Columbian Chupicuaro culture as a springboard for his work and is, without question, one of the most versatile and intriguing Mexican artists living in the United States.