LUZ CASTANEDA

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Photo by Heloisa Oliveira

ARTIST STATEMENT

I was born in Brazil to Brazilian and Spanish parents. Since 2014, I have been living and working as an artist in NYC. I was granted permanent residency in U.S. based on extraordinary artistic merit in 2019.


I am a self-taught artist, a biologist, Ph.D. in Genetics, educator, and researcher in the sacred language of nature. My research and artwork are a combination of my artistic soul and my scientific mind with the free spirit intertwining the two. The enchantment of nature, whether through science or through spiritual traditions based on nature, has been the source of inspiration for my creations.

Most recently my series Urban Orishas was shown at ArtOnLink all over NYC. In 2019, my series Rebirth was awarded by Queens Council on the Art.

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