Castillo was born in Los Angeles to a Colombian immigrant family – her lineage also includes that of Pilipino, African, Spanish, and Indigenous Colombian, which has had a profound influence on her work as an active artist in her community. She enjoys the exploration of materials and their identity. The definition, purpose, and typical perception of materials inform her work.
Presenting materials in a new way that embodies layers of meaning – while not denying their identity – remains a source of fascination for Jane. Her latest work has shifted to the commentary of the history of capitalism and the role it has played in her lineage, specifically the sugar trade in Colombia. More of a tongue in cheek approach, with all the honesty perceived and misperceived as she addresses being a product of it, in more ways than one.
Castillo earned a B.A. from California State University, Fullerton and an M.F.A. from Claremont Graduate University.
She has recently exhibited locally at the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, California African American Museum, Ontario Museum of History and Art, and MACLA in San Jose.
In 2009 she received the City of Los Angeles (C.O.L.A.) Fellowship as well as the Visions from the New California Award.