Ruben Castillo (b. 1990) is a Kansas City, Missouri-based artist whose work reflects on the relationship between intimacy and queerness, and how that manifests within everyday phenomena. Working in printmaking, drawing, sculpture, and installation, Ruben’s practice documents and preserves the ephemeral with imagery that builds an archive of sentimental feeling, quietness, and closeness as a means of acknowledging the past and proposing a future. His works, which depict images of places, rituals, or things shared between lovers, convey a hope to communicate and connect.
Spring Awakening: Recent Works 2018-2021, solo exhibition at the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri, 2022
Kansas City Artadia Award Finalist, 2022
Artist in Residence at Cahoots Residency, 2021