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46: Niba DelCastillo

When we last put the spotlight on 100 creative forces in Phoenix, it was no secret there were more than 100 individuals who were making waves in the local arts community. So as we count down to our annual Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome (back) to 100 Creatives.

46: Niba DelCastillo
Niba DelCastillo

If you're quick enough to catch a mural in progress in downtown Phoenix, you're likely to spot Niba DelCastillo.

The self-taught photographer moved to Phoenix last November from Tucson. He says he explored the city through finding street art and graffiti to photograph (though he's a little camera shy himself). He's part of the visual driving force of local graffiti/taco website PHXTACO, where he documents fresh paint by local artists all over the Valley.

46: Niba DelCastillo
Photo by Niba DelCastilo, mural by Lauren Lee

I came to Phoenix ... because my kids and their mom moved here to relocate her store.

I make art because ... I want people to see and feel the beauty that I see and to try and have them step into my point of view to enjoy what I see outside and around us.

46: Niba DelCastillo
Photo by Niba DelCastilo, mural by Angel Diaz

I am most productive when ... when I wake up in the middle of the night from a dead sleep knowing what it is I want to shoot the next morning (what happens almost every night). When I'm among friends who are creating there own art on the streets or in there studios. Or when I get that right subject that pushes me forward (especially kids- love to capture them doing mischievous things )

My inspiration wall is full of ... images of my kids and their love.

My inspiration wall is full of ... shooting and shooting and shooting tons of photos looking through them understanding where I can better myself, what works, what doesn't work, what shot makes me want to go out and do it again.

46: Niba DelCastillo
Photo by Niba DelCastilo, mural by Breeze

Good work should always ... Be rewarded with a smile or "WOW you F@%#ing did that!?"

The Phoenix art scene could use more ... murals, more art structures, some interactive art pieces for kids at heart, creative seating to enjoy the outside art that is present in our art district, and free walls for graffiti and street art. There are so many young, talented artists out there that need an area to express themselves without being harassed by the law.

46: Niba DelCastillo
Photo by Niba DelCastilo, mural by Lalo Cota

The Creatives, so far ... (And while you're here, check out 100 Tastemakers on Chow Bella.)

100:Lara Plecas 99. Isaac Caruso 98. Brandon Gore 97. Kelsey Dake 96. Hector Ruiz 95. Caroline Battle 94: Jennifer Campbell 93. Jeff Chabot 92. Tiffiney Yazzie 91. Daniel Germani 90. Irma Sanchez 89. Daniel m. Davis 88. Kirstin Van Cleef 87. Emmett Potter 86. Sarah Hurwitz 85. Christine Cassano 84. Fred Tieken 83. Lindsay Kinkade 82. Ruben Galicia 81. Robert Uribe 80. Heidi Abrahamson 79. Josephine Davis 78. Travis Ladue 77. Taz Loomans 76. Mikey Jackson 75. Alex Empty 74. Joe Ray 73. Carol Roque 72. Daniel Funkhouser 71. Carla Chavarria 70. Hugo Medina 69. Cavin Costello 68. Claire Carter 67. Lindsay Tingstrom 66. Catherine Ruane 65. Christopher Crosby 64. Aaron Johnson 63. Brenda Eden 62. Colton Brock 61. Ernesto Moncada 60. Benjamin Phillips 59. Brad Armstrong 58. Angela Hardison 57. Tyler Quinn 56. Andrew James Benson 55. Charles Anthony Darr 54: Tiffe Fermaint 53. Eric Cox 52. Victor Vasquez 51. John Randall Nelson 50. Lauren Lee 49. Kyle Jordre 48. Julie C. Kent 47. Sean Deckert

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