Elegant and elemental compositions of reduced chromatic scale, sensual surfaces and a magisterial treatment of paint define the Mexican artist Miguel Castro Leñero as one of the leading painters of his generation. Mario Palacios Kaim has reflected on how Miguel Castro Leñero nourishes his artistic universe with pre-existing icons, appropriating graphical representations of animals, clouds, tools and plants in documents and books from various sources. This “avid hunter of representations of things in the world” reduces his images to their most basic need for representation, approaching the archetype that lies at the origin, the place from where it is possible to transcend the apparent chaos in the surface and peer to the order that produces it.
Castro Leñero has exhibited in galleries and museums around the world. In Mexico City, his work can be seen at the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art Rufino Tamayo, Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil Contemporary Art and Cultural Center. Also at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Oaxaca, the Metropolitan Museum in New York and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Monterrey. He is winner of numerous awards including the Biennials of Iberoamerica and Rufino Tamayo painting among others.