2017 Last Solo Exhibits: Instituto Cultural de Mexico, Copenhagen, Denmark; and 2 Exhibits: Berlin, Germany;
Alianza Francesa, Mexico City
Xavier was born in Geneva, Switzerland where he spent his childhood. He started painting at the age of four. His first solo exhibit was in Mexico City at the age of sixteen. He studied Fine Arts at The Art Students League of New York.
After a series of successful exhibits, he won public acclaim and admission into the Mexican art circles. His works are held in some museums and in numerous private and corporate collections. His talent has received recognition from masters such as Jose Luis Cuevas and Raul Anguiano. Since 1989 he has done more than 70 one-artist shows in the United States, Mexico and Europe, and has participated in more than 70 group exhibitions in the world.
He is a "unique blend": Swiss born and raised, French educated, Mexican artist/designer/thinker. He lived five years in New York City, and over half of his life in San Francisco, California. He lives now between Mexico and in Europe (in the Fall) where he paints and exhibits.
He has travelled in the USA, Canada, Mexico, Japan, South East Asia, Morocco, Egypt and all over Europe, including the Baltics, Turkey and St. Petersburg. His favorite places are (too many...): France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, Berlin, San Francisco, New York and Mexico...Xavier Castellanos was born in Geneva, Switzerland where he spent his childhood until he was 16 years old, then him and his family moved to Mexico City where his family is from. He started painting at the age of 4. At 16 he had his first solo exhibits in Mexico City. After several successful Solo Exhibits in Mexico, he moved to NYC.
He studied Fine Arts/Painting at The Art Students' League of New York. Since 1989 he has done more than 60 one-artist shows and has participated in about 50 group exhibitions mostly in the United States, Mexico, France and Germany. He lived 5 years in NYC then over 13 years in San Francisco. He has visited almost all European countries; USA, Canada, Morocco,Thailand and the cities of St Petersburg, Istanbul, Cairo, Tokyo, Singapore and Angkor Wat. He now divides his time painting in Mexico City, Berlin and Cancun.
2017: 2 Artist's Residencies in Montreal and Toronto 2014 & 2017: Artist's Residency in Berlin
2016: Artist's Residency in Munich 1996: Art Competition, Davis Art Center, Davis, California
1995: Art Competition, Gallery House, Palo Alto, California
1995: Art Competition, Louis O. Palmer Gallery, New Concord, Ohio
1994: Awarded grant by National Fund for Culture and Arts, Mexico City
1992: Worked as curator and coordinator in California for "Pasión por Frida" Exhibit
1992: Lecture "Frida Kahlo", International House, Berkeley University, California
1991: Reproduction of one of Castellanos' paintings on a French telephone card, Paris, France
1991: Set design for the Play "13 rue de l'Amour" by Feydau, South Street Theater, New York
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITS
2017: Instituto Cultural de Mexico, Copenhagen 2017: 2 Private exhibits in Berlin
2016 : Private exhibits in Cologne and Munich 2017: Alliance Francaise, Mexico City
2014: 456 Montgomery Street Building, San Francisco 2014: Alliance Francaise, San Francisco
2014: Etcetera Gallery, San Francisco 2014: Blue Fig Gallery, San Francisco
2013: Google, Mountain View, California
2013: Private Exhibit, New York City
2013 and 2012: 456 Montgomery Street Building, San Francisco
2013: Alliance Francaise, San Francisco
2012: San Francisco New Federal Building, San Francisco