Eduardo de los Santos Castrillo

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Eduardo de los Santos Castrillo
Born 31 October 1942
Santa Cruz, Manila
Parents Santiago Castrillo and Magdalena de los Santos

Eduardo de los Santos Castrillo is a sculptor whose works are known for their modular style with fluid lines. He was born on 31 October 1942 in Santa Cruz, Manila to Santiago Castrillo and Magdalena de los Santos. His mother died when he was just a year and a half, and he would take refuge from his loneliness by using his imagination.



For his primary education, Castrillo studied at Don Bosco Technical College and at the Ateneo de Manila University then later at Sta. Ana. As a depressed teenager, he studied at Don Bosco Technical College for his secondary education, where the brothers encouraged him to create art as therapy. He would also help his father design and construct their community's belen every Christmas. While still in high school, having shown his skill in creating and retouching liturgical art, he was sent to work under Galo Ocampo on the restoration of the altar of the Manila Cathedral.

For his college education, he entered the University of Santo Tomas on scholarship. For added income, he took on various part-time jobs, including the illustration of comics. He graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in advertising in 1962. He never formally studied sculpture, getting his start in his career by designing jewelry on the spot for a Swiss designer and who owned the jewelry shop Estrella del Norte.


As a sculptor, he has worked with a wide variety of media, including bronze, brass, stainless steel, chrome, plexiglass, glass, and scrap metal. He has used different methods such as hammer-out reliefs, assemblage, and bronze casting.

As an artist, he has held a number of solo exhibitions in the United States, such as the Agra Gallery in Washington DC, the Plaza Hotel in New York, and Via de Parigi in Palo Beach. He also participated in the Fukuoka International Exhibition in Japan.

In the 1960s, he began making his mark with his public sculptures for memorial parks and public monuments. He has contributed significantly to the revitalization of sculpture in the Philippines. He also continues to create artistic jewelry pieces.


  • Pieta
  • Last Supper
  • Redemption
  • Spirit of Pinaglabanan
  • 1964 - Honorable Mention, Art Association of the Philippines
  • Deaf Touch of Joy (1968), Major Award, Art Association of the Philippines
  • 1970 - named one of the Thirteen Artists of the Cultural Center of the Philippines
  • Patnubay ng Sining at Kalinangan Award - City of Manila (1971)
  • Republic Cultural Heritage Award in Art (1971)
  • Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) Award (1971)
  • Green and Gold Artist Award, Far Eastern University (1998)
  • Most Outstanding Citizen Award of Quezon City (2003)


  • Guillermo, A.G. In CCP Encyclopedia of Philippine Art, 1st ed., Vol. 4, 327. Philippines: CCP Publications Office, 1994.
  • Castrillo official website. [1]
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