New York artist Paints with His Own Blood #bizarreworld

In order to better “dissolve the barrier between art and artist”, New  York-based artist Vincent Castiglia uses his own blood as a medium for his  disturbing paintings. Throughout his artistic career, he has used around 12  pints of blood. ”My work is literally a blood sacrifice on the altar of  art,”the painter says.

While many artists claim a lot of sweat, blood and tears go into their art, Vince Castiglia is  serious about the blood part. During the last 10 years, the painter from Hell’s  Kitchen, New York, has been using his own blood as material for his art. In a recent  interview, Castiglia said he was first inspired to use the bizarre art medium by  a need to connect to his work “on the most intimate level.” It just so  happens that human blood contains iron oxide, a pigment found in many  traditional paints, as well as in iron ore and common rust. The 30-year-old  begins his artistic process by drawing pen or graphite sketches on a white  canvas, before proceeding to extract the “paint”, in the privacy of his own  studio. Then he dilutes the blood and uses paintbrushes to create  creepy reddish characters with twisted limbs, or in different stages of  decay.

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