Fermin Castro was born in Havana, Cuba and resided there until the age of twenty-nine. He was educated as a chemist at the University of Havana, Cuba, but opportunities were limited and he immigrated to the United States in 1994. Castro first settled in Miami with family. In the latter part of 1998, he moved to the Boston, Massachusetts area and has lived in Somerville, Massachusetts for over twenty-two years; he resides with his wife in their restored Greek Revival house where he sculpts and maintains his art studio.
Beginning at a young age, he has always been an aficionado of the arts. For Castro, Havana was always a form of artistic expression through the merging of strong social connections, vivid colors, music, dance, and the visual arts.
In Cuba he experimented in painting, through oil, acrylics, and watercolor, and created small sculptures, using whatever scarce materials were available. Sharing ideas and materials with artist friends stimulated his commitment to the arts.
It was in 2017 that he made the decision to leave the scientific field to pursue sculpture full time, fulfilling a life-long dream.
My art organically extends from my Caribbean roots, influenced by master Cuban and Afro-Cuban sculptors and artists, and connects to both primitive and modern Latin American and African artistic expression. Through my sculptures, images are conceptualized in abstract-figurative forms, transcending the imagination and awakening fantasy.