Born in 1974 in Camagüey (Cuba). Educated herself in Cuban art schools, she moved to Amsterdam in 2000. After obtaining the Guggenheim scholarship in 2004, she went to New York for a year. Between 2005 and 2013, Castillo lived in Brooklyn. Since 2013, she has lived and worked between Amsterdam and Havana. Over the past 20 years, Liset Castillo has built sculptures, complex installations in sand, wood, plexiglass, powder pigments and other materials which she then photographed in her studio. The idea of ​​the fleeting state of things, chaos, order, creation and destruction has always been a leitmotif in her work. Liset Castillo creates conceptual and metaphorical works that challenge the definition and the limits between sculpture, painting and photography. Since the start, she created works that defy categorization. She gives a new meaning to objects and materials reflecting antagonisms of subjects such as: order and disorder, the material and the ephemeral, disintegration and development.

The mural sculpture "Spectrum: Order and Disorder" presented in the CUBA : ¿Pa' Dónde Vamos? exhibition is made up of a set of 14 tubes filled with rare color pigments. This work dissipates the boundaries between painting, sculpture and installation. The symbiotic relationship between the subject and the material she uses plays an important role. Its spectrum is not limited to a set of specific values ​​but becomes a spectrum of colors that can be modified or presented indefinitely. The question of determination, and of the unique ideology that reigns in Cuba, inspires most of her work. At the same time, her artworks offer the possibility and the freedom to change directions through the space they leave to choice and chance. The volatile state of pigments is analogous to contemporary ideologies. It is also a very personal way for the artist to approach Havana from the point of view of the diaspora, absence and distance.​

Liset Castillo exhibited her work in the United States and in Europe. Among its most significant exhibitions is the 10th Havana Biennale; “The Edge of Intent” at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, MoCP, Chicago; “Itinerarios” at the Marcelino Botin Foundation, Santander - Spain; “Infinite Island. Antillean Contemporary Art ”at the Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York; “Pain is Universal, as Hope” at the Black & White Gallery, New York; the 8th Havana Biennale. She received numerous grants, including those from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Cintas Foundation, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the Marcelino Botin Foundation. Her works can be found in important museums and private collections, including the National Gallery of Washington, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, MoCP, Chicago, the collection of the Marcelino Botin Foundation, the Frost Art Museum of Miami International University (Collection Cintas) ...






Studio 90. Duo-Show Liset Castillo-Inti Hernandez, 13th Havana Biennial, Habana, Cuba


“Introduction”. Studio 90. Liset Castillo-Noel Leon, Havana, Cuba


“Home” . Studio 90/Liset Castillo, Havana, Cuba


“Human Studies” L-M-N-T Gallery, Miami


Liset Castillo – Inti Hernandez. Bonelli Arte Contemporanea, Mantova, Italy


“Pain is Universal but so is Hope”, Black & White Gallery, New York

“ELOI: Stumbling Towards Paradise” UCR California Museum of Photography, Riverside

Liset Castillo: Associazione Contemporaneamente, Milano, Italy


“Western Civilization”, Luis Adelantado Gallery, Miami


“Departure Point”, Galerie Refugium, Berlin, Germany


“Liquid City”, De Ateliers, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Estampa es Tampa, Servando Cabrera Moreno Gallery, ( Collaborative project with Ludwig Foundation from Cuba and Graphicstudio (University South  Florida, USF, USA)

Ibrahim Miranda – Liset Castillo. Presentation at Graphicstudio (Work in Progress and Art Lecture), University South Florida (USF), Tampa, Florida, USA


“Cosas del Querer”, Wifredo Lam Center for Contemporary Art, Havana, Cuba



A Gaze through the Cintas Fellowship Program: A Selection of Works from the Cintas Foundation and the Art Museum of the Americas Collection (AMA). Washington DC, USA.

HB. Arte Cubano Contemporaneo.13th Havana Biennial, Gran Teatro de La Habana, Habana, Cuba

ARCO. International Contemporary Art Fair. Galeria Acacia. Section “Dialogos”. Curated by Catalina Lozano and Agustin Perez Rubio. Madrid, Spain.

Lineas (Dis) Continuas. Curated by Chrislie Perez Perez. Galeria Habana. Cuba.


ARTBO. Feria Internacional de Arte de Bogota. Galeria Acacia. Colombia.

La Noche Boca Arriba, Galeria Acacia, Habana, Cuba


Pinta Art Fair – Miami 2017. Booth Galería Habana. Miami, USA

“Between the Real and the Imagined”. Coral Gables Museum-Miami. Curated by Elizabeth Cerejido

Contemporary Cuban Art Auction/ Art Cubain Contemporain. Cornette de Saint-Cyr-Paris-France


(In) Mobiliario, Galeria Habana, Cuba. Curated by Diana Cuellar Ledesma

“Kuba Libre ”, Cuban Contemporary Positions since Peter Ludwig at Ludwig Museum in Koblenz, Germany


Corporalidades y Cronica(o), Fundación Casa Cortes, Viejo San Juan, Puerto Rico, Curated by Carla Acevedo-Yates

Pulse Art Fair, Black and White Art Gallery, New York, US

Pabexpo. Collateral Exhibition 12th Havana Biennial, Havana, Cuba

Kunst Uit Huis: Collectie Wilploo. De Koerenbeurs- Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, The Netherlands


“Almacen 2,5”, Galeria Habana, Habana, Cuba


“For which it Stands”, The Lodge Gallery, New York

“Pulse Art Fair”, Galeria Habana Booth, New York


VIP Art Fair, Luis Adelantado Gallery, New York, 2012

The Affordable Art Fair, ArtStart Online Gallery, New York, 2012

SHUTTER:Photography and film from the CINTAS Foundation Fellows Collection, Miami Dade College’s Iconic Freedom Tower, Miami, FL

“HB”, 11th Havana Biennial, Pabexpo, Cuba

“The Cuban Art Collection”, ArtStar Online Gallery, Curated by Liz Edimitt and Claudia Miyar


“About the Right of Being Different: The Art of Diversity and Inclusion at Progressive Art Collection” .Maltz Museum of  Jewish Heritage. Beachwood, Ohio, USA

Storyboard-Bonelli Arte Contemporanea,Mantova-Italy

“The Latinomerican Evolution”, L-M-N-T Gallery,  Miami

“Arte Americas”, L-M-N-T Gallery. Convention Center, Miami

“Human Studies”, L-M-N-T Gallery, Miami


“The No Place”, BRIC Arts Media Brooklyn, New York, Rotunda Gallery   Curated  by Elizabeth Ferrer


10th Havana Biennial, “Integration and Resistance in the Global Age”, Havana

The Edge of Intent, Museum of Contemporary Photography, MoCP, Chicago,USA

“LatinoLatino” Arte Contemporanea Latino Americano, Trip, Napoli, Lamarque Museum, Pallazo della Vicaria, San Francesco in Trapani. Italy. Curated by Raffaella Guidobono

Las Americas Latinas-Las Fatigas del Querer-Spazio Oberdan-Milan

Pulse Miami, Black and white Art Gallery, New York


“Sand” Memory, Meaning and Metaphor, The Parrish Art Museum, The Hamptons

Paradiso Terrestre-Bonelli Lab, Canneto sull’Oglio, Mantova

“Via Simbolica ” , St. Mary’s College, Maryland. Curated by Sarah Tanguy. Bonelli Arte Contemporanea Gallery, Mantova

“De-Construct” Hof & Huyser Gallery, Amsterdam

“Itinerarios ” Marcelino Botin Foundation, Santander, Spain

Arte Fiera Art Fair- Bologna. Gallery Bonelli Arte contemporanea

Art Rotterdam 2008, Rotterdam. Hof & Huyser Gallery, The Netherlands

MIART 2008, Milan, Italy. Gallery Bonelli Arte Contemporanea

Chicago Art Fair 2008, Black and white Art Gallery, Chicago, USA

Art Miami 2008, Black & White Art Gallery, Miami, USA

MACO  Art Fair 2008 , Luis Adelantado Gallery, Mexico


IKF Latin American Art Auction 2007. Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, USA

“ELOI: Stumbling Towards Paradise” California Museum of Photography, UCR, CA

“Infinite Island: Contemporary Caribbean Art”, Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York

El Barrio Museum  X-Files Biennial, New York

Poetry of the Commonplace-The Museum of Fine Arts, St Petersburg, FL


IKF Latin American Art Auction 2006. Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, USA

West Palm Beach Art Fair, Remy Toledo Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida

Paris Photo 2006, Paris, France

The Sanctuary and the Scrum, Curated by David Hunt, Black & White Gallery, NY

Grand Oppening, “Presente Perfecto” Volitant Gallery, Austin, Texas


“Territorial Strokes” Remy Toledo Gallery, New York

Black & White Gallery, New York, USA

Latinoamerican Artists at Graphicstudio, Prints and Multiples,Tampa Bay Art Festival, Tampa, USA

Omni Art Miami III, Miami, Florida

May Open Studios at the International Studio and Curatorial Program ( ISCP ), New York

L’Arte Il Torchio 2005. Art and the Printing Press.Cremona, Italy

Scope Art Fair. The Hamptons, Black & White Art Gallery, New York


“Landings” 1st Edition, Conkal Arte Contemporaneo/ CAC. Ex Convent of Conkal, Conkal, Yucatan, Mexico

Poskort fra Cuba. Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo, Norway


8th Havana Biennial, Art and Life, Militar Park, La  Cabaña, Havana, Cuba

Print it! Printmaking Tecniques and Artistic Solutions-Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, FL

“Lost Territories”, Schröder Galerie, Den Haag, The Netherlands

“Havana Voorbij de Cliches”, Pictura, Dordrecht, The Netherlands


Introducing the Contemporary Collection: The Artist as Guide, Mackey Gallery

Museum of Fine Arts, St Petersburg, Florida, USA


From the Negative. Part Arts Gallery,  Minneapolis, USA

From the Negative. Museum of North Dakota, North Dakota, USA



Production Grant, The Netherlands Foundation for the Arts, Design and  Architecture, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Production Grant, The Netherlands Foundation for the Arts, Design and  Architecture, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Mondriaan Foundation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Basissubsidies, The Netherlands Foundation for the Arts, Design

The Pollock-Krasner Fellowship


Marcelino Botin Fellowship, Santander, Spain


International Studio and Curatorial Program ( ISCP ), New York, USA


The Guggenheim Fellowship, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, New  York, USA


Mondriaan Stichting, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Cintas Fellowship, Institute of International Education, New York


De Ateliers, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Graphicstudio, University South Florida, Tampa, Florida, USA


Djerassi Resident Artist Programm, Woodside, San Francisco, California, USA


The Progressive Art Collection, USA

The Museum of Contemporary Photography, MoCP, Chicago, USA

Marcelino Botin Foundation Collection.

West Collection, Philadelfia,USA.

Lippes Collection, USA.

Frost Art Museum at Miami International University, ( Cintas Collection), Miami, Florida, USA

FMO Bank Kunst Collectie , Den Haag, The Netherlands

Polk Museum of Art. ( Permanent Collection). Lakeland, Florida, USA

Allen & Overy Collection, Apollo House, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Museum of Fine Arts, St Petersburg, Florida, USA

Djerassi Foundation, Woodside, Ca, USA

National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, USA

Graphicstudio Collection, University South Florida, Tampa, USA



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