Born in Cuba (b. 1946)
El Hombre Alcanzando su Corazón, date unknown
Size: 14 x 11
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
About the Artist
Castagliola was born in Havana, Cuba in 1946, but moved to Los Palos when nine years old. She immigrated to Miami in the United States in 1961 at the age of fourteen, separating herself from her parents. Castagliola has a B.A. degree in sociology plus B.F.A and M.F.A degrees from the University of South Florida and has taught art, as an assistant professor, at the same university. Castagliola now lives in St. Petersburg, Florida where she is a practicing artist.
Castagliola came to art after a background in social services and religion. She is now considered one of the most thoughtful and respected Bay area artists. She has a collection of paintings, drawings, and a few mixed media projects that demonstrate her passion for Spanish literacy traditions. Her early work synthesized her Cuban roots with Catholic and Renaissance icons, but she also tried to incorporate personal things in her artwork. She then moved on towards installation and community-based projects. Castagliola discusses that it is within her work that we can see and comprehend her bicultural dichotomy. She focuses her artwork on Latin American traditions and incorporates Spanish and religious icons that were present or significant in her childhood. Maria Emilia Castagliola considers herself to be an "outsider" even though she works in the mainstream.