MOCA Check InMOCA from Home

MOCA Check In: David Castillo

David Castillo with dog Harry; works by Pepe Mar

Name and title/occupation
David Castillo, owner, David Castillo Gallery . Gallerist David Castillo holds degrees in History and Art History from Yale University and the Angelicum in Rome.

What are you reading/watching/listening to?
I am currently reading “Walks to the Paradise Garden: A Lowdown Southern Odyssey” by Jonathan Williams, Roger Manley, and Guy Mendes AND “Surreal Life of Leonora Carrington” by Joanna Moorhead. I am watching “Shtisel” on Netflix (just finished end of season two and waiting for season three to start!). I listen to Maria Callas a lot and have since about 1996 when I first discovered her. Her voice is so beautiful yet it gives solace and allows you to continue about your day productively in quarantine. ​

How has your work changed now that you are doing it from home?
My work is generally pretty solitary and doesn’t require long hours at the gallery. I am used to working alone and being home more has given me time to train my new puppy, Lucy.

​Have you taken up any new activities?
I have been baking a lot. I have made a simple vanilla cake, a Migliaccio, and a coconut cake, along with other treats. They have turned out pretty delicious. Thanks to the New York Times recipes!

​What are you looking forward to doing once we are no longer sequestered?
Spending the usual time I spend with my mom. I have not spent any significant time (other than through her porch to deliver necessary items) with her since March 10th when we began our self-imposed quarantine. And to my usual lunches with my nephew, whom I also have not spent any time with since quarantine began.

Do you have a MOCA memory that you want to share?
Shinique Smith solo exhibition a decade ago (2010). It has been on my mind since the artist’s fourth solo exhibition is currently at the gallery, closed to the public, but fully viewable online and extended by over two months.



Pictured: David Castillo with dog Harry; works by Pepe Mar
Photo: Mateo Zapata