Canyon Castator

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Canyon Castator ( 1989, Houston, TX) makes large-scale paintings that satirically address our social reality, bringing together an exuberant blend of figures culled from the internet, modern media, politics and personal experience. Castator’s world is hyperbolic, saturated with dissonant characters, knowing symbolism and distorted narratives. His distinctive aesthetic is not tied down to one language but fuses digital and traditional mediums in a cacophony of psychedelic vibrance. 

Castator’s work explores our relationship with the digital, reflecting the unfiltered cornucopia of images and content found online. His collages are a blend of dissonant characters onto the canvas: iconic cartoons feature alongside political figures and memes in a chaotic narrative that recalls the semi-animated film Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Castator accentuates this feeling of incongruity by merging digital and traditional painting techniques on the canvas. He executes preparatory drawings on the iPad, where he articulates the composition, meticulously arranging the figures. Some of the characters are then printed on the canvas with a distinctive claymation aesthetic; while others are realistically rendered in oil.

It is this blend of fine art skills and disturbing cartoon-like figures that makes Castator’s work so unique: “When it’s successful, the two mediums are married together and work harmoniously. When it’s really successful the two mediums are completely at odds with one another and create this kind of chaotic visual conflict,” the artists explains (in conversation with Rom Levy, Street Art News, April 2020).

Canyon Castator (b. 1989, Houston, TX) lives and works in Los Angeles.

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SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2024

Rom, Dubai (forthcoming)

2022

CAN Ibiza, Stems Gallery, Ibiza

2021

Hero Complex, Carl Kostyál, Stockholm

2019

Infidel, Postmasters Gallery, New York

2018

No Politics at the Dinner Table, Carl Kostyál, London

Pissing Match, Postmasters Gallery, New York


GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2024

Plan X, Milan (forthcoming)

Rift, Los Angeles (forthcoming)

2023

Tin Star tall tales, Volery Gallery, Dubai

DREAMLAND, Delgado Projects, Los Angeles

PRIMA NOVA II, Berlin/Hamburg

2021

Felix Art Fair, M+B, Los Angeles

2020

Riders of the Red Horse, The Pit, Los Angeles

We Used to Gather, Library Street Collective, Detroit

Drawn Together, The Unit, London

Art021, Carl Kostyál, Shanghai

Felix Art Fair, Carl Kostyál, Los Angeles

2019

Malmö Sessions, Carl Kostyál, Malmö, Sweden

2017

CARL KOSTYÁL

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CON-Figuration, Postmasters Gallery, New York

2016

Emulator, Gallery 151, New York

Go Figure!, Louis B James, New York

2015

Colors, Louis B James, New York

Touched For The Very First Time, Lane Meyer Projects, Denver, Colorado

RBMA, Project Space, New York

2014

Absent Friends, Monya Rowe Gallery, New York

In Rooms, Open Gallery, Portland, Oregon

Thanks For Coming, Tribeca Grand Hotel, New York

Rundgang, Kunstakademie, Dusseldorf, Germany

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