Pedro De Kastro was born in Lisbon in 1971. At age 19 he enlisted as a volunteer in the Portuguese Paratroopers. Several driftings later, he re-initiated his autodidact studies. In 2001, PDK went to Sarajevo, representing Portugal in Drawing at the Tenth Bienniale of Young Creators of Europe and the Mediterranean. At the end of that year, he left the Old World, crossing the Atlantic and the Equator towards South America, more precisely Brazil, where he lived until 2018. Pedro De Kastro’s imaginary landscapes are created with china ink techniques that recollect the European engraving techniques from the 18th and 19th centuries. His china ink drawings and etchings draw their oneiric atmosphere from the works of the great masters of engraving and illustration like Albrecht DÃ¼rer, Giovanni Battista Piranesi, or Gustave DorÃ©. Those illustrious craftsmen put in their visions the phantoms of their eras. In the same way, the images in Kastro’s work are impregnated by the phobias of his own temporal universe, that of the 21st century, with its industrial and nuclear nightmares, and longing to escape. His journeys throughout Europe, which left deep impressions upon him, as well as engravings from 18th and 19th Century German Romantics, a few modern masters, science-fiction and adventure movies, European and American comics from the ’70s and the ’80s, have served as his sources of visual inspiration.