If you have not heard of Joe Castillo, Storyteller and SandStory Artist, prepare to be amazed.
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 corporate 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.
Joe Castillo, Artist and Corporate Storyteller
This video from Turning the Tide titled “A Louisiana Story”, starts on an artistic journey along a Louisiana riverbank complete with perching heron to the time when Native Americans still hunted with arrows and used war paint. Joe’s hands change the scene in the sand over the lighted glass table that is his canvas. As he continues to shift and create with the sand, a riverboat appears, a storm, various people, and more. Joe ends his performance right back where he started. The whole thing is a treat for the senses as Joe shift’s the sand and listen to the music accompaniment. It is mesmerizing!
Joe Castillo, sand animation artist, creates yet another fabulous piece of fluid sand art to describe the background of Saudi Arabia’s newest oil refinery company, YASREF. Castillo shows sand as sand, and sand as camel and tree and clothing, to show how two world-class companies from two separate countries crossed boundaries and created YASREF.
Hunger Games SandStory by Joe Castillo. Joe Castillo is highly famous for his amazing art pieces that are simply created with his own two hands and a few handfuls of sand. The pieces are simply made with the dark silhouette of sand against a white backdrop. Using a projector, Castillo transforms his pieces into an entirely different, colorful and immersive world.
In this video, Joe Castillo uses his sand art finesse to create a number of scenes and symbols from the bestselling book series and one of the highest-grossing movie adaptations ever, The Hunger Games. With sand against a flaming background, Castillo transforms the symbolic hands holding nightlock berries into a mockingly symbol, then into the symbol of the rebellion in the book, Katniss Everdeen.
Joe grew up in Mexico City and was exposed early in his life to artistic culture. He gives presentations in Spanish and English.He graduated from Ringling School of Art, used his talents in advertising, and then learned sand could be used as an art medium quite by accident. He has always been an avid artist and storyteller, but just playing with a bag of sand one day, he found he could tell his stories with the sand.
Now he travels the world providing demonstrations of the unique sand animation that he has developed and that he calls SandStory. 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.
Castillo is a world-renowned motivational speaker and performing artist who captures audiences world-wide through his new art form of telling stories in sand. He is passionate about and available for work to help promote corporate messages. His art has inspired millions of people and he has introduced many to sand animation.