Alberto Castro Leñero is a Mexican painter, sculptor, engraver, and video artist. Utilizing these different mediums and techniques, Leñero develops an eclectic language that allows him to possess mobility while experimenting. Leñero’s work focuses on the search for form, essence, and nature. His compositions feature geometrical and human forms, both coexisting in the same space yet reduced to abstraction. His forms also establish relationships between humanity and plant structures such as tree branches and flower buds.
Leñero studied visual arts at the Academy of San Carlos, Mexico City, and painting at the Accademia Belle Arti, Bologna, Italy. From 1982 to 1987, he taught visual experimentation at the National School of Plastic Arts, Mexico City. Currently, he teaches workshops and courses in painting and visual creation in Mexican art schools and cultural spaces. Recent commissions featured public art in urban spaces around Mexico, notably his ceramic murals Elementos in Mexico City’s subway. Leñero received a visual arts grant from Mexico’s National Fund for Culture and Arts (FONCA) and served as a guest artist at the Contemporary Painting Symposium in Quebec, Canada. Since the 1970s, he has regularly exhibited his plastic works at institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art, Mexico City; the Palace of Fine Arts, Mexico City; Saitama Museum of Modern Art, Japan; and Mexic-Arte Museum, Austin, Texas.