Ana Ruth Castillo is the name my momma gave me when I became the first person in my lineage to be born in Los Angeles, Ca. My mother and father are from Guatemala, Central America and met sometime in the late 70′s in Huntington Park/South Gate. I mostly write and create for three reasons 1) I am proud of my culture, 2) I am liberating my thoughts and perceptions of the world, 3) I am exposed to metaphors, magic, and spirit when creating. My personal artwork is an an act of honoring my ancestors, the beauty of the natural world, and the sacred feminine. My favorite art medium is muralism and i do it with the intention of being of service to my community. Art is the funnest, most messiest process i can engage with and I have learned to commit to each art piece because it becomes my teacher with every mistake or beautiful discovery along the way.
I am a college graduate from UC Santa Cruz, I’ve been a community organizer since 17, and a feminist since the age of seven (if not before). My career has been dedicated to working with youth in art, writing, media/radio production, leadership development, and academic empowerment. Currently, I am redirecting my career to become a teaching artist. I keep myself busy by skill building/sharing: seeking out opportunities to work with youth in the arts, taking more art courses, searching for an ideal MFA program, hiking and bicycling, facilitating a Central American Writing/Arts Collective, and being true to my heart and spirit.