About the Artist
“Finding my voice as an artist is a lifelong task. I feel most of the time all I can do is bite-off crumbs here and there. While my main focus is on developing ideas behind my art, I also want my art to have a humanitarian-type quality. That's why I have chosen to return to Tucson. I feel Tucson can help me develop this language as an artist so that I may better understand, communicate and cope with the outside world–or in some instances, with myself."
Titus Castanza was born in 1975 in Saddlebrooke, NJ. He found his calling as an artist in his early 20's despite having had been raised in a household where both parents were artists. He attended Ringling School of Art and Design (Sarasota, FL) and earned his BFA in Illustration in 2001. Titus was hired immediately by the Franklin Mint (Philadelphia, PA) where he would spend the next several years working as an illustrator for the product design world. His clients spanned across North America and the type of projects ranged from Civil War portraits of presidents and famous NASCAR drivers (such as Dale Earnhardt), to fantasy dragons and landscapes. Having had worked several years as a successful illustrator on the east coast and still not having had found his true calling as an artist, he decided to give-up his commercial career and return to Tucson to pursue his personal art.
Today, he lives and works as an artist in Tucson where he is known locally for his technically proficient and expressive style. His work is described as being able to infuse his subjects with a kind of humanitarian-like quality and creating a sense of beauty seen only through his eyes. His traditional education combined with his experience as an American illustrator churns-out an expressive type of realism that harkens the past and brings to the modern art world a fresh perspective all his own.