Artist Joe Castillo demonstrates his unique method of visual storytelling using sand and a light table. With a deft hand and finger movements, Castillo transforms sand particles into stunning images thatconvey a visual story. Accompanied by music, this innovative artist and storyteller depicts multiple scenes in his chosen medium of sand during his live performances. A few flicks, scoops, shadings, smoothings and shapings transform each previous image into a new visual story canvas.
Born in Mexico, Joe Castillo gives presentations in Spanish and English. He travels the world providing demonstrations of the unique sand animation that he has developed and that he calls “SandStory” and “ArtStory” or “WordStory”. He has visited over twenty eight countries to perform for presidents, kings, executives and other VIPs. Hundreds of thousands of people have attended his performances and witnessed his original storytelling. His one-of-a-kind visual art can convey corporate, civic and even spiritual messages to audiences.
Castillo performed as a contestant on season seven of America’s Got Talent. In addition, he was selected to close the TEDActive 2011 conference. He won the 2012 CINE Golden Eagle for PBS documentary as well as the American Entertainment Readers Choice Award. His awards plus his many international performances indicate the universal appeal of his unique art form and visual storytelling method.