DANIEL CASTILLO SERRANO
Born and raised in Bucaramanga, Colombia, South America. (1960)
He pursued his interest in glass after going to the University Universidad Industrial de Santander UIS in Colombia and then he traveled to Venezuela to get apprenticeship in stained glass. Through this encounter he started to discover the beautiful and ethereal nature of glass and it sparked all his creativity.
His training in engineering and stained glass led him naturally to the process with fused glass which can be approached much the same way as a painting or sculpture. Daniel nurtured this interest in kiln-formed glass and it has grown into a career. He continually strives to grow as an artist and advance his work technically and conceptually. Drawing on his background in engineering along with inspiration from sources such as the seasons and the Canadian landscape he creates beautiful and compelling glass art that ranges from simple functionally shaped pieces to sculptures, wall panels, windows, doors and installations.
His work is exhibited throughout North and South America and is part of severals private and public collections.
He received a couple of grants from London Arts Council. Among his achievements was to win the competition to make The Memorial Wall for the Holocaust for the Jewish Community Centre in London, Canada among proposals from Israel, Germany, USA and Canada. He has been lecturer for Museum London guides, London Cross Cultural, Glassfax Canada glass collectors and some others.
His work has been selected to be part of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection Autumn Art sale recognized as one of the most prestigious events to display original work from some of Canada's most talented painters and sculptors, presented by the McMichael Volunteer Committee.
His last achievement was The Banting House national Historic Site of Canada-Public Sculpture, to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the discovery of the insulin by Sir Frederick Banting in London, Ontario, Canada. This piece was unveiled next October 31st, 2010.
In 2011 won the competition to make a memorial to honor Canadian Military, the piece is "Charley Fox memorial overpass public sculpture in London Canada.
In 2012 he moved back to Colombia, In 2013 was the guest artist for the 30th International Festival of Piano at the Universidad Industrial de Santander UIS.
After moving back to Colombia, and had exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art of Bucaramanga, Colombia MAMB, with the exhibition named "Fuego y Arena" ("Fire and Sand"), and other sole and collective exhibitions trough different galleries within the Country.
The last four years has been commissioned to make some larger sculptures for Hotels and private residences.
In 2017 he won a competition to make the Stained glass windows for the Cathedral of Valledupar (work in progress) a work around 700 square meters, the largest Cathedral in Colombia and one of the largest works in stained glass in his home Country.