The “Face of Christ” – Joe Castillo

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Artist Sketch of Christ

The drawing above tells an amazing story in several ways. The gentleman who drew the picture is Joe Castillo, an internationally known artist, author, and storyteller. He is a native of Mexico City, Mexico and grew up in a bi-lingual home surrounded by art and the rich culture of the international city. His artwork has been sold worldwide and has touched the lives of countless thousands.

He developed a fervor for using art to tell stories during his teen years, and even created his own comic book series, regularly combining one art form with another. He later moved to Florida where he attended Ringling School of Art and graduated from Florida Bible College. He began his venture in the business world by founding The Advertising Library, an agency based in Knoxville, Tennessee. After a 20-year stint in the advertising business, he decided to return to school and received a M.A. in Biblical Studies and M. Div. from Asbury Theological Seminary.

The “Face of Christ” was conceived as a live performance “chalk talk” in which Joe draws the picture as he tells the story. This drawing is one of his most sought after pieces of artwork around the world, and has sold over one million images on prints, plagues, and greeting cards. “But the true story behind the drawing is a personal drama of bitterness, despair and ultimately, forgiveness and restoration.” [1] Joe relates the full story of his personal spiritual journey in his book titled The Face of Christ.