Inti Castro, born in 1982 artistically known as INTI (meaning sun in Quechua), is one of Latin America’s foremost street artists and an artistic ambassador to the world.
Coming from a family dedicated to the arts and music, he started tagging the streets of his hometown Valparaiso at the age of 13. Working on the street gave him a freedom to explore from the earliest days of his artistic practice. Yet whilst the wall was his natural medium, he also went through formal artistic studies at the Fine Arts School of Viña del Mar. There he acquired the training of a professional painter.
Life experiences and his street practice rounded off his formation.
His colossal murals pulse with the bright colors of a Latin carnival and the mysterious energy of Ancient South American culture. However, his work still remains fine, controlled and technically dazzling. With a warm orange glow, the murals often contain themes of life, death, ancient religion and Christianity, all drawn together with one or two strange characters.
The characters are like blending of all things Chilean: the Incas, the tribesmen, the peasants, the Catholics and the revolutionaries.
INTI’s style is not only unique and outstanding but thoughtful and calm in the combination of bright Latin colors and the Ancient South American culture. This Chilean artist is proud of his origin; the beauty of this artwork lies in the ability to make a connection of this cultural wealth, the global capitalism and Chile’s poverty problem.