Galería Rafa

Jacobo Castellano

Contenedores, sepulcros y personajes


“Contenedores, sepulcros y personajes” (Containers, sepulchers and characters) is the title of the first solo exhibition of Jacobo Castellano (Jaen, 1976) at the Galería Rafael Ortiz in Seville. The title helps us situate the three themes that make up this exhibition, which show the artist’s interest in delving into his own biography and investigating historical-artistic aspects of his environment, which, at the same time, evidences his interest in the use and relationship between objects.

A year ago the artist began to build a series of containers that he called “milk containers”. The series continues and some of them can be seen in this exhibition. There is nothing better than rescuing an excerpt from a conversation with the artist to understand the reason for these sculptures: “Milk is poison for me. I am allergic to lactose. If I drink a glass of milk, I’m likely to die. This fact makes it especially attractive to me: a liquid that nourished me as a child and allowed me to grow up healthy, suddenly becomes something certainly dangerous. I wondered how to pay tribute to it. I then thought of building a series of containers to somehow ‘deposit’ and ‘preserve’ the poison. A schizophrenic perversity of no importance [laughs]. Milk containers or toxic containers. Who knows.”

If the “milk containers” contain poison, the “sepulchers”, since ancient times, preserve inert bodies. Those of the church of San Francisco de Betanzos are of great artistic and iconographic interest. Castellano fixes his attention on the set of tombs that are arranged in the side chapels. These funerary monuments have a common element: hunting dogs. Placed at the feet of each one of the illustrious characters, these dogs appear as one more attribute that symbolizes the greatness of each person. The peculiarity here is that they appear imprisoned between the boots of the deceased and the very architecture that delimits the sepulcher, always awake, as if waiting to hear the shot of their master that leads them to chase a wounded prey. Castellano’s interest in these tombs is captured in a series of photographs that represent these absurd scenes that seem to be an error in the conception and design of the tomb.

Finally, the “characters” are placed in the space as observers. Anthropomorphic sculptures built from found wood and objects that Castellano has collected over the years, some related to games, such as bowling balls and others related to craft activities such as shoemaking. The author himself has commented that these characters are nothing more than a representation of himself as a loser.

Jacobo Castellano studied at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Granada, completing his studies at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence, as well as at the ISCP in New York. He has exhibited his work at the Kunsthalle in São Paulo, at the Centro-Museo Vasco de Arte Contemporáneo (Artium), at the Fundación RAC in Pontevedra and at the Palacio de Fonseca, University of Salamanca, among other institutions.


Jaén, 1976. Vive y trabaja en Madrid. 
Licenciado en Bellas Artes. Universidad de Granada.

Contenedores, sepulcros y personajes. Galería Rafael Ortiz. Sevilla.

Untitled Art Fair. Miami Beach. Miami, EE.UU.
Entre tradición y modernidad (con Sara Ramos). Foro Arte Cáceres. Cáceres.
Vértigos, equilibrios y desquicios. Fundación RAC Rosón Arte Contemporáneo. Pontevedra.
Aprendiendo del Albaicín. Kunsthalle Sao Paulo. Sao Paulo, Brasil.
Homo Ludens. F2 Galería. Madrid.

La moral del juguete. Galería Pedro Oliveira. Oporto, Portugal.

Un acto en seco. Benveniste Contemporary. Madrid.

Dos de pino. Galería Fúcares. Madrid.

Malos Tiempos. Espai 4. Casal Solleric. Palma de Mallorca.
Hello! my name is Elizabeth. Sala de Arte Joven 2.0. Comunidad de Madrid. Madrid.
Praxis. El mantel y el telón. Sala Sur. ARTIUM Centro-Museo Vasco de Arte Contemporáneo.
Sin vistas. Benveniste Contemporary. Madrid.

Jacobo Castellano. The solo Project. Basel, Suiza.
Sin Público. Galería Fúcares. Madrid.
Cuadrilátero. La Casa Encendida. Madrid.

Às Apalpadelas. Galería Pedro Oliveira. Porto, Portugal.
Puzzling question. (con Gonzalo Puch). Sala Hospedería Fonseca. Salamanca y Hospital de San Juan de
Dios. Espacio de Arte Contemporáneo. Almagro, Ciudad Real.

Podium. Galería Fúcares. Almagro, Ciudad Real.
16 Proyectos de Arte Español. Proyect Room ARCO ́06. Stand Galería Fúcares. Madrid.

Casa Sostenida. Galería Sicart. Villafranca del Penedés, Barcelona.
Álbum. Galería Fúcares. Madrid.

It ́s Raining Bodies. Sala Poste-Ite. Galería Pedro Oliveira. Porto, Portugal.
Rest in Peace. Marco Canepa Gallery. Genova, Italia.
Viaje al Paraíso. Galería Fúcares. Almagro, Ciudad Real.

Fuera de Lugar. Galería Sicart. Villafranca del Penedés, Barcelona.

Itinerarios. Casa Porras. Universidad de Granada. Granada.



Premio Comunidad de Madrid. Madridfoto 2011. Madrid.

Premio Iniciarte a la Actividad Artística del 2008. Sevilla.
Beca Fundación Marcelino Botín. International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP). New York, EE.UU.

Beca Manuel Rivera. Diputación Provincial de Granada. International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP). New York, EE.UU.

ARTIUM. Centro-Museo Vasco de Arte Contemporáneo. Vitoria-Gasteiz.
Ayuntamiento de Granada.
CAAC Centro de Arte Contemporáneo. Sevilla.
Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo de la Comunidad de Madrid. Móstoles, Madrid.
CGAC Centro Gallego de Arte Contemporáneo. Santiago de Compostela.
Consejo Superior de Deportes. Madrid.
Colección Olor Visual. Barcelona.
Colección Pilar Citoler. Madrid.
Colección Prosegur. Madrid.
Diputación Provincial de Granada.
Fundación Sorigué. Lerida.
Fundación Televisa. México.
Universidad de Granada.
Fundación Montenmedio Arte Contemporáneo. Vejer de la Frontera, Cádiz
Fundación Provincial de Artes Plásticas Rafael Botí. Córdoba