About Ruben

Ruben Bryan Castillo is a visual artist born in Dallas, TX currently working in Kansas City, MO. Castillo’s work addresses themes of intimacy, queerness, place, and the body using a range of media including print, drawing, sculpture, installation, and video. His work has been exhibited at Haw Contemporary, Kansas City, MO; University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Kenosha, WI; the Pfizer Building, Brooklyn, NY; University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO; Big Medium, Austin, TX; and The Front Gallery, New Orleans, LA. Castillo’s art has been included in collections such as the Crossroads Hotel, Kansas City, MO; Mexic-Arte Museum, Austin, TX; National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL; the Zuckerman Museum of Art, Kennesaw, GA; and the Turner Print Museum, Chico, CA. In the summer of 2013, he completed the Landfall Press Institute for Graphic Arts printmaking apprenticeship under the tutelage of Jack Lemon and Steven Campbell. In 2018, he was awarded Best in Show at the Rivermarket Regional Exhibition in Kansas City, MO for his video, Can Dishwashing Be Queer? by juror Saralyn Reece Hardy. In 2017, he was awarded a one-year Charlotte Street Foundation Studio Residency and was awarded a second term for the 2018-2019 year. He received an MFA in visual art from the University of Kansas and a BFA in printmaking from the Kansas City Art Institute. He currently teaches Drawing and Printmaking at the Kansas City Art Institute and Johnson County Community College.