Medium : Wood and Plaster Sculptures

Fermin Castro
Wood and Plaster Sculptures
Studio Address
Ebenezer Davis House 8 Mount Vernon Street Somerville, MA 02145
Statement / Bio
Artist: Fermin Castro, Sculptor
Ebenezer Davis House, c 1850 Somerville, MA

I was born in Havana Cuba and immigrated to the United States in 1994. As with many Cubans who arrived in the US, my life began in Miami among family, friends, and the Cuban diaspora. Later in 1998 I moved to the Boston area, driven by the need to make new discoveries.

Although educated as a chemist at the University of Havana, I was inclined towards artistic expression from an early age. I experimented in painting, in oil, acrylics, and watercolor, and crafted small woodcarvings using whatever materials were available, resources being scarce in Cuba. Being able to exhibit my art in expositions in Cuba was difficult, but sharing ideas and materials with artist friends was always a way to renew my interest in the arts.

For me, Havana was a melting pot of emotions exhibited through vivid colors, an exuberant social life, music, and the visual arts. The merging of cultures, both Cuban and the cultural diversity in the Boston area, has greatly influenced my art and provided me with a new horizon for artistic expression.

After leaving the scientific field, my wife and I completed the restoration of our 1850 Greek revival house in Somerville, Massachusetts, the original home of Ebenezer Davis, a Boston marine inspector, which has not only been my home for many years, but it is where my interest in art has flourished. It was at this time that I realized that I wanted to focus on my real passion-sculpture.
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