Freddy Caston grew up in New York in the 1930's. He has been drawing and painting since he was a boy. Although Caston initially entered a career in construction, as a bourgeoning artist, he made time for studies at the Art Students League, Queens College, and the renowned China Art Atelier.
In 1963, in the midst of a highly successful career as a real estate developer, the assassination of president John F. Kennedy caused a profound change in the way Caston viewed his life. He disengaged himself from the business world, moved his family to Spain, and began to paint full-time. In Spain, together with his wife, Marianne, he helped start a school for his two sons and the children of other expatriates.
In 1967 he was rewarded with is second one-man show in London, the first having been in New York in 1963.
On New Years Day in 1970, with Marianne, their baby daughter Julia, son Robin, and three other students from the school, they embarked on a journey to Morocco to film a documentary abut a fabled place that a traveler had told them about: the Djema el Fna in Marrakech. It turned out to be a transforming experience for everyone involved and many of its exotic images have appeared in Caston's later work.
In 1976, at the behest of writer Claire Rabe, who had been their friend and neighbor in Torremolinos, Spain, the family moved to Santa Barbara, California. They have been grateful residents ever since.
Caston offers a breadth and scope of work rarely seen by a contemporary artist. From his ethereal street scenes of Marrakech, Morocco, to a sensual series of flowers, his intimate portraits of his wife and children at home, his homage to cultural icons like Einstein, Louis Armstrong and the Beatles to his collection of tranquil garden scenes, Caston presents a prolific and moving collection.
In Santa Barbara, Caston has had numerous successful exhibitions in local galleries. In addition, he served as director of the Santa Barbara Art Association, Summer Stock and Summer Solstice.
Since the recent birth of this third granddaughter, he has allotted more time to his artwork and family.
** all measurements of artwork are in inches