Antonio Castelló Avilleira

  • Born in Madrid, Spain (1972)

  • Lives and works in Madrid, Spain

  • 2013 “Hyperrealism Today”, Museu del Tabac, Andorra, Spain.

  • 2012 Permanent Collection, Museu Europeu d’Art Modern, Barcelona, Spain.

  • 2009 “Antonio Castello Avilleira, 1995 – 2009”, Assembly of Extremadura, Mérida, Spain.

Who would have thought that still lifes of fruit could be exciting? Antonio, the world’s foremost painter of hyper-realist fruit compositions, knows exactly how to imbue his works with a startling vibrancy and emotive power.

Often regarded and depicted as fleeting and fragile emblems of nature and life, the cherries and strawberries, pears and pineapples on Antonio’s canvasses turn into eloquent tokens of “memento vivere”, and the same holds true for his powerful human models, be they children or adults.

Antonio prefers painting on large formats and is constantly experimenting to find new techniques to capture textures and create even more life-like images of his subjects. Curious and hands-on, he saw his palettes and produced an artistic self-portrait video, an upbeat and intriguing little work with clever visual playfulness.

His work is grounded and blends classical painting techniques with a modern photographic and documentary approach. Yet, in their freshness and timelessness, his works go deeper than mere documentation and depiction.

For, by leaving out contextual references, Antonio focuses our view and mind purely on the thing or person depicted, their moment in time, their transience, and thus their preciousness. The result may be joyful, fierce, naughty, or contemplative, but never still-life-ishly dull or gloomy.

Over the past 15 years, Antonio’s works have been displayed at 79 group exhibitions and eight solo exhibitions around Europe and North America. His works are on view in six public collections from the European Museum of Modern Art in Barcelona to bank and library collections in Spain and Mexico.