Maria “Toofly” Castillo is a painter and illustrator from New York. Growing up Queens, Toofly immersed herself in graffiti culture and developed her own knack for handstyles and unique “around the way girl” characters.
“Brave Souls Illuminate” is a re-mix of new, and existing works that showcase Toofly’s growth as young woman drawing and writing on the walls to a mature well respected fine artist, designer, and visual arts producer.
Her existing works takes you on a journey of a self proclaimed, “around the way girl” using hard and fluid lines, handstyles, and self confidence to declare a spot in NYC’s graffiti subculture dominated by men, and fierce attitude.
Her new works re-introduce the shades of grey that originally helped her pull in the raw emotions she grew up with, and surfaces new and improved. As she travels to reconnect time and space, the new pieces not only feel and look more mature, yet bring you back to the core of her spirit: ”A brave being who looks to shine bright unapologetic from the inside out!”
”Brave Souls Illuminate” features new works and an installation on display at FIFTY24LA Gallery. November 11 – January 4, 2009.
Show Opens: Wednesday, 11.11.09
Downtown LA Art Walk, 11.12.09
125 East 6 St.
Los Angeles, Ca 90014
Toofly is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts where she applied her artistic skills to illustration and graphic design coursework. Her signature “around the way girl” character is instantly recognizable from print to public street art projects. She and her partner Alice Mizrachi founded Younity, a female urban arts collective, in which they produce art exhibitions, books and mentorship art programs for young women in the arts. Toofly’s art and design work have appeared in books, video and magazines including Graffiti Women, Burning New York, Current TV, MTV Tr3, Trace, Mass Appeal, Juxtapoz, URB and Honey. Not to mention, Toofly is also apart of M.I.S.S., if you’ve missed her Women Making History, you can read it here.