A Native New Mexican, Castillo attended Yale University for two years after high school and then dropped out to work in an electronics factory where she began to forge her early career in contemporary art. She holds a BS from UNM, and an MFA in 3D Studio and Contemporary Theory from the University of New Mexico. Through sculpture, interventions, and film, Castillo’s interest is in translating how the intermingling of tradition, colonialism, modernity, American socioeconomics and the increasingly postmodern circumstances of technology saturate and transform the landscape. An acclaimed contemporary artist, she has produced a range of work from Avant Garde anonymous interventions to large-scale public work and has exhibited her work nationally and internationally. Castillo lives and works in the small village of Córdova three miles east of Chimayo, NM.