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Sand Artist Joe Castillo

Updated on April 19, 2016
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Joe Castillo Sand Animator

Welcome to my Hub Page about Joe Castillo, sand animation or sand art, i first saw Joe Castillo perform during TEDGlobal 2011, he also performed his sand animation at TEDActive 2011. From that moment i was fascinated by his art and had to know more about sand animation. Here you will find information about Joe, his website and a list of other amazing sand artist i have found on the web.


What is Sand Animation?

Sand animation is also known as sand art, and is different to sand sculpture art where a artist creates a series of images using sand and tells a story. This process is achieved by applying sand to a surface and then images are drawn in the sand but the artist's hands. A sand animation performer will use the aid of an overhead projector or lightbox to enable the audience to view the images as they are created. With each image similar to a frame for an animated film.

Who is Joe Castillo?

Joe Castillo is a world renowned Sand Artist, motivational speaker, entertainer and storyteller. A native of Mexico City, Joe Castillo grew up in a bi-lingual home, speaking both English and Spanish. And was influenced by the arts and the cosmopolitan culture of an international city early in his life, being the son to two creative parents. his mother a painter and father a graphic designer.

Joe attended attended the Ringling School of Art in Florida, and graduated from Florida Bible College. As a result of his profound love of teaching the scriptures of the bible it inspired him to illustrate and tell biblical stories for youth in an interesting way which he calls "Artstories". Artstories is the telling of a story while drawing a mural. Both the use of the eyes and the ears created a more effectively medium in reaching the visual generations of today.

Now as Joe explores a new medium he created the ‘live art’ experience “SandStory.” In 2012 Joe audition for America's Got Talent (Episode 707) and performed "Proud to Be an American." an artistic story of two people joining the American war effort. The audition can be viewed below. Judges Howard Stern, Sharon Osbourne, and Howie Mandel all voted "Yes," sending Joe to the final round in Las Vegas.

Joe Castillo has also created a tribute to 911 in 2011 entitled "Never Forget". His artworks and art form have been seen by thousands of people around the world inspiring individuals all over and even other Artists to his craft. Joe has performed for CBS, NBC, BBC, TED, Fortune 500 companies and for world leaders including President Carter, President Bush, President Clinton, Hillary Clinton, President Juan Manuel Santos, Pope Francis and King Abdullah.

Joe Castillo's Tribute for 911 - Never Forget - Sandstory

World Renowned Sand Artist Joe Castillo

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