In-Sight: The Artists and Writers of San Quentin Prison – Gabriel Castenada (D-71639)

Dreaming Casually

Founded in 2015 by London-based artist Nicola White, Art Reach is a charity which gives purpose and hope to death row inmates in the US, providing art materials, regular meaningful contact, and the opportunity to exhibit their work here in the UK. To support the valuable work that Nicola is doing to support some of America’s most ostracised citizens, and to recognise the human rights of death row inmates in the US and beyond, we will be dedicating the next few weeks to the artwork and writing of the men she supports at San Quentin Prison, California.


Gabriel Castenada
Gabriel Castenada was sentenced to death in the year 2000.

For Gabriel, Art means beauty and he believes that beautiful artwork dignifies the beauty of the hands of men and women. He feels it is important to express this beauty even in an environment which is cold and hard, and by sketching and painting, he is able to this.

Gabriel’s artwork often has a spiritual nature, and is an expression of his faith and hope of a future. He sends his very best wishes to all those who take the time to look at the artwork by the prisoners.

Be sure to pop along to THE ART OF TRANSFORMATION: Redemption versus Death at the Old Deptford Cinema before the end of April to witness in full effect the many talents of San Quentin’s death row artists.


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