46: Niba DelCastillo

Categories: Creatives 2012

When we last put the spotlight on 100 creative forces in Phoenix, it was no secret there were more than 100 individuals who were making waves in the local arts community. So as we count down to our annual Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome (back) to 100 Creatives.

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Niba DelCastillo
If you're quick enough to catch a mural in progress in downtown Phoenix, you're likely to spot Niba DelCastillo.

The self-taught photographer moved to Phoenix last November from Tucson. He says he explored the city through finding street art and graffiti to photograph (though he's a little camera shy himself). He's part of the visual driving force of local graffiti/taco website PHXTACO, where he documents fresh paint by local artists all over the Valley.

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Photo by Niba DelCastilo, mural by Lauren Lee
I came to Phoenix ... because my kids and their mom moved here to relocate her store.

I make art because ... I want people to see and feel the beauty that I see and to try and have them step into my point of view to enjoy what I see outside and around us.

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Photo by Niba DelCastilo, mural by Angel Diaz
I am most productive when ... when I wake up in the middle of the night from a dead sleep knowing what it is I want to shoot the next morning (what happens almost every night). When I'm among friends who are creating there own art on the streets or in there studios. Or when I get that right subject that pushes me forward (especially kids- love to capture them doing mischievous things )

My inspiration wall is full of ... images of my kids and their love.

My inspiration wall is full of ... shooting and shooting and shooting tons of photos looking through them understanding where I can better myself, what works, what doesn't work, what shot makes me want to go out and do it again.

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Photo by Niba DelCastilo, mural by Breeze
Good work should always ... Be rewarded with a smile or "WOW you F@%#ing did that!?"

The Phoenix art scene could use more ... murals, more art structures, some interactive art pieces for kids at heart, creative seating to enjoy the outside art that is present in our art district, and free walls for graffiti and street art. There are so many young, talented artists out there that need an area to express themselves without being harassed by the law.

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Photo by Niba DelCastilo, mural by Lalo Cota

The Creatives, so far ... (And while you're here, check out 100 Tastemakers on Chow Bella.)

100:Lara Plecas
99. Isaac Caruso
98. Brandon Gore
97. Kelsey Dake
96. Hector Ruiz
95. Caroline Battle
94: Jennifer Campbell
93. Jeff Chabot
92. Tiffiney Yazzie
91. Daniel Germani
90. Irma Sanchez
89. Daniel m. Davis
88. Kirstin Van Cleef
87. Emmett Potter
86. Sarah Hurwitz
85. Christine Cassano
84. Fred Tieken
83. Lindsay Kinkade
82. Ruben Galicia
81. Robert Uribe
80. Heidi Abrahamson
79. Josephine Davis
78. Travis Ladue
77. Taz Loomans
76. Mikey Jackson
75. Alex Empty
74. Joe Ray
73. Carol Roque
72. Daniel Funkhouser
71. Carla Chavarria
70. Hugo Medina
69. Cavin Costello
68. Claire Carter
67. Lindsay Tingstrom
66. Catherine Ruane
65. Christopher Crosby
64. Aaron Johnson
63. Brenda Eden
62. Colton Brock
61. Ernesto Moncada
60. Benjamin Phillips
59. Brad Armstrong
58. Angela Hardison
57. Tyler Quinn
56. Andrew James Benson
55. Charles Anthony Darr
54: Tiffe Fermaint
53. Eric Cox
52. Victor Vasquez
51. John Randall Nelson
50. Lauren Lee
49. Kyle Jordre
48. Julie C. Kent
47. Sean Deckert

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