Kline Academy Studio Manager

Studio Manager + Instructor


Johnny Castillo

Guatemala-born, Johnny Castillo is a contemporary realist whose work is significantly influenced by his experiences as an undocumented individual. By diving into psychological experiences and exploring his emotions, Castillo’s goal is for his art to be an experience in which others can find solace and pieces of themselves that they thought were forgotten.

Castillo is currently studying Drawing and Painting at The Long Beach School of Art's undergraduate program. He has also received an Associate’s Degree in Studio Arts from Santa Monica College. Castillo is currently managing/ teaching at Kline Academy of Fine Art.

Castillo recently graduated from the Summer Residency Program at the New York Academy of Art Graduate School of Figurative art, had work published in the Department of Cultural Affairs 2021 LGBTQ+ Heritage Month Calendar and Cultural Guide hosted by Mayor Garcetti, was featured on Primary Magazine Volume 1, and exhibited work in Nous-Ance's "Identity in the Digital Age" group show.

Castillo currently resides in Los Angeles, California.

*Contact Johnny at artist@klineacademy.com

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