Gathering images from the majestic volcanoes surrounding ciudad Guatemala in his youth, Hector Castellanos Lara brings forth a lament of sorrow, exile and joy of Central America. His early influences include his father, a well known commercial painter in Guatemala for his advertising murals and giant political retratos during the 1950s through the 1970s. Castellanos Lara's mother who drew inspiration from the folk art of Guatemala as a dressmaker, including images of daily life, also had an impact on him. From this enchanted beginning and environment of art and joy, Castellanos Lara's work flows today.
In Long Island, New York, during the 1980s he developed his talents as a commercial designer working for El Greco Footwear, Inc. At the same time, Castellanos Lara was drawn to explore and develop his work in the Fine Arts. A resident of Cleveland, Ohio, Castellanos Lara has held numerous exhibitions and taught in the Cleveland Museum of Art, Playhouse Square Foundation - Education Department, Outreach Programs Young Audiences, Outreach Programs Beck Center for the Arts, Immigrant Workers Project, International Community Council, The Arthouse, International House of Blues Foundation, MetroHealth Center, and Broadway School of Music and the Arts.
His participation with many organizations in promoting and working with variety of community art and cultural programs has established new opportunities for artists in the Greater Cleveland.