Joe Castro is an accomplished Philadelphia based collage artist, musician, oil painter and graphic designer. His work has been shown in galleries and art spaces across the United States, Canada, and Europe. They have been described as “a controlled explosion, aggressive and pensive (Kolaj Magazine)” and “bold and diverse… one of those collage artists whose works you recognize immediately… (Toombes.com).” He is a signature member of the National Collage Society.
Born in New York, he spent his formative years in Delaware where he was the guitar player in several bands including the critically acclaimed The Situation. Formed in 2001 with singer-songwriter Christopher Tucker, The Situation signed with Elephant Stone records in 2004, releasing The Reece Nasty EP, followed by their self titled full length in 2006, both garnered critical praise from Pitchfork, The Big Takeover,Skyscraper and Magnet. The band toured the states, and opened for bands such as The Strokes, The Libertines, Nada Surf, BJM, The Make-Up and Arthur Lee & Love. Their music has been featured on shows for both MTV and Fuel TV. The group disbanded in 2006.
Taking a keen interest in the visual representation of the band, he was responsible for most of the group’s flyers and album graphics and soon found he was receiving as much notice for his art and t-shirt designs as for his guitar playing. In 2010, he was one of 6 artists selected (from over 450 applicants) by Vans and Color Magazine to customize one pair of canvas sneakers, which were displayed in art shows in Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto. His work has been featured in the books The Age of Collage: Contemporary Collage in Modern Art (Gestalten), Z2A: A Collage Alphabet (Benzene Editions) 50/50 (Collage Collective Co./Hanker Magazine), Arkitip (0062), Kolaj Magazine (issue 8), GQ Style (Germany), Glamour (Germany), The Artist Catalogue (cover artist – Fall 2013), Color Magazine (Canada), as well as on numerous art blogs and websites.