Niclas Castello was born in 1978 in Thüringen, Germany. The fall of the Berlin-Wall opens up a whole new world of culture. It draws the young man to Paris, the city of fashion and culture. Castello immerses himself in the street art scene, whose narrative influences and signs can still be found in his work today. After a short two-year detour to an art academy, the rebellious talent has no place in Germany and sets out to new shores overseas. In New York he meets the legendary art sponsor and influential curator Arleen Schloss, who takes the young artist under her wing. In their fabled loft on Broome Street, “Wednesday’s A’s”, where Eric Bogosian, Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Shirin Nesbat exhibited, Castello continues to evolve rapidly. In his two-year collaboration with Arleen and in exchange with other artists, Castello immerses himself in neo-expressive forms and creates his unmistakable style. In parallel, Castello shows his talent as a painter in acrylic and oil paintings with writing, painting and drawing elements or the appropriation of photographs. With his Cube Paintings, Niclas Castello combines painting and sculpture and thus impressively overcomes the separation of the two artistic genres and between two- and three-dimensionality.
Castello is one of the most sought-after painters of the present, in 2016 he made it into the top 100 of the “most visited artists” on artnet.com for the first time, his Instagram posts reach tens of thousands of likes with ease. The artist lives in Los Angeles and Berlin and travels around the world to collect creative inspiration for his work. He is part of the Los Angeles art scene with galleries in New York, Asia and Europe. Niclas Castello is internationally successful with his paintings and sculptures inspired by Neo-Pop Art, Neo-Expressionism and the Young Wild and is one of the most interesting contemporary artists at the moment. His works are not only valued by private collectors, but are also represented in prestigious collections in Europe, the US and Asia, such as the Deutsche Bank Collection, The Tomita Collection or the Los Angeles Country Museum of Art (LACMA).