A Tribute: Sergio Castillo, a Chilean Sculptor

Sergio Castillo

Sergio Castillo (13 May 1925 – 19 August 2010)

You never really know who you will meet on your travels.  Looking at him, I never would have dreamed that he had created such a mass amount of great work that was stunning and thought provoking.  I loved the smoothness of his metal art pieces. The pieces were heavy, cool to the touch, and engaging. He was a metal sculptor from Santiago, Chile and one of this countries greatest treasures. He has many public pieces of art displayed worldwide in Boston, Beijing, Madrid, New York and Santiago.

He was the first Chilean artist to make large-scale metal sculptures. He began his studies in architecture, but soon after became interested in fine art. Eventually moving to Paris to continue his studies in painting and drawing at the Ecole de Beaux Arts and the Academie Jullian de Paris. Castillo won numerous grants and awards for his work, including the famed Fullbright Scholarship.

He only died a few years ago without much recognition for his works. And to me, it is the proverbial life of a talented artist. They never really receive their recognition while alive. But without further ado, let me introduce you to:

Sergio Castillo

and his works of art

Sergio Castillo


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  2. [email protected] April 17, 2013 at 6:08 am

    Hi Cacinda! Thanks so much for enter the contest, this was such an awesome post! You’re very lucky to have met the talented Sergio Castillo, his art is very inspiring!

    • admin April 17, 2013 at 9:11 am

      Truly Sr. Castillo is one of the greats from his country and such a kind man. I was honored to sit with him and chat!

  3. Brian Swanick April 17, 2013 at 8:28 am

    Hey Cacinda, truly an interesting friend to meet traveling. I believe I had seen the last piece in Boston a long time ago, very interesting to see something like that come full circle and hear about the caballero who crafted it.

    • admin April 17, 2013 at 9:13 am

      Yes, he is an amazing sculptor and I would love to see his pieces in Boston.

  4. Webster July 28, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    There are a 4 very large Castillo sculptures on the Boston University campus including Free at Last which is a tribute to Martin Luther King who graduated from BU.

    • admin July 28, 2013 at 5:09 pm

      Awesome! I have never been there, but would love to see them.

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  7. John Livingstone July 4, 2015 at 7:09 am

    As a personal friend of Sergio, and Silvia Westermann from Boston, I own a large TORO, his Hemaphrodite, and a small Toro. Also, in 2009, I initiated the “rescue” of a neglected early work in Sausalito, CA which is now displayed in a new place of distinction on the waterfront. their.I suggest people view it. A great sculptor and wonderful gentleman. who i remember welding on the top of his “Free at Last”. John Livingstone

    • Cacinda Maloney July 4, 2015 at 2:06 pm

      John, thank you so much for adding this comment to my story about Mr. Castillo. I had a wonderful time meeting him and I also have a small Toro from his personal collection. What is the name of the waterfront store where it is displayed? I would love to come visit.

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