• Ondulaciones turquesas

    “Ondulaciones turquesas *”

    Date 1997
    Category Sculpture
    Medium Potter’s clay, oxides, enamel at cone 3, wood and steel
    Genre Contemporary
    Period 20th Century
    Collection * Title Translation: Turquoise undulations
  • Mirador espacial

    “Mirador espacial*”

    Date 2002
    Category Sculpture
    Medium Potter’s clay, oxides, enamel at cone 3, wood and steel
    Genre Contemporary
    Period 21st Century
    Collection * Title Translation: Space lookout
  • Formas en juego

    “Formas en juego*”

    Date 1997
    Dimensions 21"x 6 1/2"
    Category Sculpture
    Medium Potter’s clay, oxides, enamel at cone 3, wood and steel
    Genre Contemporary
    Period 20th Century
    Collection * Title Translation: Forms at play
  • Cáliz en alto

    “Cáliz en alto*”

    Date 1997
    Dimensions 19 1/2"x 11"
    Category Sculpture
    Medium Potter’s clay, oxides, enamel at cone 3, wood and steel
    Genre Contemporary
    Period 20th Century
    Collection * Title Translation: Raised Chalice
  • Observatorio I

    “Observatorio I* ”

    Date 2002
    Dimensions 17 1/2"x 41/4"
    Category Sculpture
    Medium Potter’s clay, oxides and enamel at cone 3
    Genre Contemporary
    Period 21st Century
    Collection * Title Translation:Observatory I
  • Mirador inalcanzable

    “Mirador inalcanzable*”

    Date 2002
    Dimensions 30 1/2"x 5"x 5"
    Category Sculpture
    Medium Potter’s clay, oxides, enamel at cone 3 and wood
    Genre Contemporary
    Period 21st Century
    Collection * Title Translation: Unattainable lookout
  • Mirador de historias nuevas

    “Mirador de historias nuevas*”

    Date 2002
    Dimensions 18 3/4”x 3”x 3”
    Category Sculpture
    Medium Potter’s clay, oxides, enamel at cone 3 and wood
    Genre Contemporary
    Period 21st Century
    Collection * Title Translation: New stories lookout
  • Mirador del secreto

    “Mirador del secreto* ”

    Date 2002
    Dimensions 29 1/2”x 8 1/4”x 3”
    Category Sculpture
    Medium Potter’s clay, oxides, enamel at cone 3 and wood
    Genre Contemporary
    Period 21st Century
    Collection * Title Translation: Secret Lookout
  • Mirador del reto

    “Mirador del reto* ”

    Date 2005
    Dimensions 87 3/4"x 16 3/4"x 16 3/4"
    Category Sculpture
    Medium Potter’s clay, oxides, enamel at cone 03 and stainless steel
    Genre Contemporary
    Period 21st Century
    Collection * Title Translation: Challenge lookout
  • Con raíces en mi jardín

    “Con raíces en mi jardín* ”

    Date 2005
    Dimensions 97 1/2"x 12"x 35 3/4"
    Category Sculpture
    Medium Potter’s clay, oxides, enamel at cone 03 and stainless steel
    Genre Contemporary
    Period 21st Century
    Collection * Title Translation: With roots in my garden
  • Ondulaciones turquesas
  • Mirador espacial
  • Formas en juego
  • Cáliz en alto
  • Observatorio I
  • Mirador inalcanzable
  • Mirador de historias nuevas
  • Mirador del secreto
  • Mirador del reto
  • Con raíces en mi jardín

Aileen Castañeda

New York, USA, 1962

Biography Details

Sculptor, ceramicist, and printmaker. After graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey, Castañeda went to study in Florence at the Studio Art Center International. She then returned to Puerto Rico, where she had lived since 1970 after her family left Cuba. From 1985 to 1987 she took courses at Casa Candina. In 1990, she received honorable mention in the second Biennial of Contemporary Puerto Rican Ceramics, organized by Casa Candina. She has taught ceramics at several institutions during the past several years, including the Puerto Rico School of Plastic Arts, and has been an influential force in organizing art events, such as the Casa Candina Award: Biennial of Contemporary Puerto Rican Ceramics, since 1992. She has designed several publications. Her recent ceramics work employs rounded and hollow shapes that are projected from the walls as though hanging from fishing poles, or totemic shapes on the floor.

Artist Statement

“Fragile, resistant; durable, fleeting; predictable, surprising;

free, limiting; hard… malleable,

opposite words that describe the vast ceramic medium.

Clay plays with the eyes and the hands of its handler,

with the water that wets it,

with the fire that dries it

and with the world that surrounds it,

to give form to that image sculpted in a thought.

Lookouts, lookouts and more lookouts…

Product of my inner game, of joys, sorrows and passions,

Game without rules, nor limitations,

Game of the imagination

that travels through my hands, without duty, nor obligation,

to tell stories of diverse inspiration.

Lookouts…

Can we look from their interior? or can we only look them from the outside?

Can we inhabit them or is it that someone inhabits them?

And their stairs, to go up, to go down, to exit or to enter?

Are these lookuts for those who fly or for those who want to fly?

For the moment they invite us to look to the ongoing debate between

the freedom of flight and the stability of the ground,

the malleability of the dream and the rigidity of the reason,

the fragility of life

and the eternity of memory.”

 

Aileen Castañeda

Formation

Education

1984

  • Studio Art Center International, Florence, Italy

1980-1984

  • Bachelor’s Degree. Drew University, Madison, New Jersey, United States

Professional Experience

1992

  • Member. Board of Directors, Casa Candina, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1988-1992

  • Ceramics Professor. Casa Candina, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Ceramics Professor. Escuela de Artes Plásticas de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1985

  • Graphic Artist. Periódico El Nuevo Día, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Exhibitions

Solo Shows

2005

  • Miradores al vuelo, Galería Botello, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2004

  • Miradores al vuelo, Centro de las Artes, Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico

2002

  • Miradores Secretos, Galería Botello, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1997

  • Ondulaciones, Galería Botello, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1996

  • Formas y ensamblajes, Escuela de Arquitectura, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1992

  • Ceramics, Sandy Williams Art Gallery, Key Biscayne, Florida, United States
  • Cerámica, Circolo degli Artisti, Albissola Marina, Italy

1991

  • Giros del torno, Casa Candina, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Group Shows

2011

  • Encuadrado, doce ceramistas, Siete Siete Ocho, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico

2007

  • Contexto puertorriqueño: del rococó colonial al arte global, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2006

  • Muestra Nacional de Arte Puertorriqueño, Antiguo Arsenal de la Marina Española, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Cerámica, Galería 356, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Semilla, Sonia Sanz, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2004

  • Por invitación, Gandía Arts, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2003

  • 15 Anni de Museo, Museo Cívico de Arte Contemporáneo de Albissola, Marina, Italy

2002

  • 5 ceramistas Casa Candina Reencuentro 2002, Casa Rectoría, Universidad del Turabo, Gurabo, Puerto Rico

2001

  • Intercambio 3+2 Cerámica en Pequeño Formato, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2000

  • En torno al torno, Galería de Arte, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Mayagüez, Mayagüez, Puerto Rico

1999

  • Pouring vessel, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
  • 20 años de Galería Botello, Galería Botello, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1998

  • Cerámica puertorriqueña today/ hoy, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

1997

  • SOFA Chicago ’97, Navy Pier, Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • Intercambio 3: México, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Centro Cultural ALPHA, Monterrey, Mexico

1996

  • Muestra de Cerámica, Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela

1995

  • Intercambio 3: México, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 5 Ceramistas Casa Candina, Casa Rectoría, Universidad del Turabo, Gurabo, Puerto Rico

1994

  • 1ra Exhibición de arte olímpico de Puerto Rico, Chase Manhattan Bank, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Colectiva de Cerámica, Galería Botello, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Artistas frente al SIDA, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1993

  • Cerámica puertorriqueña hoy, Museo de Arte e Historia, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Galería Botello, Plaza Las Américas, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • La vasija en la cerámica contemporánea puertorriqueña, Museo Casa Roig, Humacao, Puerto Rico

1992

  • Nueve mujeres: cerámica y gráfica, Hermes Book & Art Gallery, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 5 al torno, Casa Candina, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Biennale Internationale de la Céramique, Vallauris, France

1991

  • Fletcher Challenge Ceramics Award, Auckland, New Zealand
  • Concorso Internazionale della ceramica d’arte, Faenza, Italy
  • VI Concorso Internazionale della ceramica, Assemini, Sardinia, Italy
  • Colección Casa Candina de cerámica contemporánea puertorriqueña, Museo de Arte e Historia, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1990

  • III Trienal de Cerámica Pequeña, Zagreb, Croatia
  • II Bienal de la Cerámica Contemporánea Puertorriqueña, Museo de Historia, Antropología y Arte, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1989

  • Apóstrofe al verde, Casa Candina, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • II Biennial and Auction of Puerto Rico Art of the Harvard Club of Puerto Rico, Museo de Arte de Ponce, Ponce; Citibank Center, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Arte Joven, Chase Manhattan Bank, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1988

  • X Aniversario Galería Botello, Galería Botello, Plaza Las Américas, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • En Torno, Casa Candina, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1987

  • I Biennial and Auction of Puerto Rico Art of the Harvard Club of Puerto Rico, Chase Manhattan Bank, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 7 ceramistas en torno, Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico, Bayamón Campus, Bayamón, Puerto Rico
  • II Trienal de Cerámica Pequeña, Zagreb, Croatia

Awards, Distinctions and Achievements

1998

  • Residency. The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

1990

  • Honorable Mention. II Bienal de la Cerámica Contemporánea Puertorriqueña, Casa Candina, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Collections

  • Banco Popular de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Casa Candina, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Fundación Gerda Gruber, Yucatán, Mexico
  • Instituto Statale D’Arte, Teramo, Castelli, Italy
  • Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Museo de la Cerámica, Zagreb, Croatia
  • Museo della Ceramica, Assemini, Sardinia, Italy
  • Museo Cívico de Arte Contemporáneo de Albissola Marina, Italy
  • The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Universidad del Turabo, Gurabo, Puerto Rico

Bibliography

Newspapers

“Aileen Castañeda, Cerámica para ver y no tocar”. El Nuevo Día, Revista Domingo (San Juan, PR), 31 de marzo de 1991, pp. 12-15.

Pérez Rivera, Tatiana. “Conversaciones con el barro”. El Nuevo Día, Arte y Cultura (San Juan, PR), 21 de agosto de 2002, pp.78.