World renowned surrealist VINCENT CASTIGLIA – recognized internationally for his shocking, meticulously-detailed art painted in human blood – is featured in a brand new documentary, Bloodlines: The Art And Life Of Vincent Castiglia, out today via DVD format. Directed by award-winning filmmaker/author John Borowski’s (H.H. Holmes: America’s First Serial Killer) and marking his fifth feature documentary film, Bloodlines: The Art And Life Of Vincent Castiglia focuses on Castiglia’s harrowing abuse, consequent addiction, and recovery while also exploring the reasons why the world renowned artist paints exclusively in human blood. From his darkness came light, making Castiglia’s story one of inspiration and hope – providing proof that art can heal and serve to inspire others.
The film is available to stream via Amazon and additional platforms, as well as via DVD. Watch an official film trailer here.
Actress and comedian Margaret Cho, who commissioned Castiglia to paint her portrait in her blood, is interviewed in the film as well as other collectors of Castiglia’s work and celebrities such as Gregg Allman (Allman Brothers Band), Damien Echols (West Memphis 3), Kerry King and Gary Holt of Slayer, Randy Blythe of Lamb of God, record executive Michael Alago, and numerous others.
After a successful Kickstarter fundraising campaign, production of the film spanned from 2014 to 2018, filming on location in the United States: New York City, Los Angeles, Louisiana, Chicago, Oregon, and internationally in Singapore and Switzerland – including the studio and museum of legendary artist H.R. Giger.
Director John Borowski says, “This is a deeply personal film for Vincent, and I am honored to have worked closely with him on the film. I feel many people will see this film as inspirational, even though it is a dark ride through pain and suffering. Vincent’s life journey, much like his art, reflects both the dark and ultimately the light that shines through the darkness.”
VINCENT CASTIGLIA practices a kind of modern-day phlebotomy, siphoning the life force which contains his own psychic energy, while giving it an outlet and form. In doing so, he dissolves the barrier between artist and art in a most literal and immediate sense. Castiglia’s figures, their musculature and skin, are painted with what could be thought of as “liquid flesh”. Its tendency to quicken the subjects is likely inapproachable by any other medium—as it is actual tissue with which it is being rendered. In this way, the subject’s realism is not merely an optical illusion due to its level of detail, but rather is an actual transference of flesh and blood to each work.
Castiglia has been featured by the likes of The National Geographic Channel (NatGeo), Fox News, CNBC, BBC, New York 1 News, Fox News “Good Day New York”, The Discovery Channel, New York Post, The Huffington Post, International Business Times and countless other reputable television channels and publications. Castiglia has created cover art for well-known albums and films, painted pieces for entertainment legends such as Gregg Allman and Margaret Cho, and was even the first American artist to receive a solo exhibition invitation from Oscar Award-winning artistH.R. Giger in the history of the H. R. Giger Museum Gallery. Castiglia also made headlines after hand-painting Slayer/Exodus guitarist Gary Holt’s signature ESP guitar with the Holt’s own blood. The guitar made its debut at the January 2016 NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA.
Castiglia’s impressive work can be witnessed in mediums throughout the entertainment world. MTV New Media’s Horror-Slasher Film, Savage County, featured his art as its official movie poster, depicting the three murderers in the film. Prior to the film, Castiglia painted album art for heavy metal band Triptykon‘s 2010 debut release, Eparistera Daimones. Triptykon is founded by former Hellhammer / Celtic Frostsinger and guitarist Tom Gabriel Fischer. Castiglia also painted the DVD cover for Fangoria Presents film, Corpsing.
As briefly touched upon above, Castiglia’s work hangs in many distinguished collections, and his paintings have been exhibited at museums and galleries in the US, and internationally.