born in Jerusalem, a descendent of a 500 year- old Sepharadic Israeli family, Castel (1909-1991) spent his early life in Italy and France, learning from the old masters like Giotto, Tician and the Expressionists.
From 1922 to 1925 Castel studies in the Bezalel Academy and in 1927 he arrived in Paris to attend the Academie Julien and Louvre Museum school. in Paris, Castel joined the intimate circle of the great artists such as Picasso, Matisse, soutine and Chagall and he participated in individual and group exhibitions in well known Parisian galleries and Salons. In 1936 he visited Israel with works of Soutine and Kisling, Chagall and others. He initiated the first ecole de Paris exhibition in the Tel Aviv Museum. In 1940 Castel returned from Paris and settled in Safad, in 1952 he returned to Paris and after few months later continues to New York.
Castel found the elements of his artistic message in a very long and rich past. he is the son of a rabbi, a Torah calligrapher, whose family had had to flee the inquisition in Castile return to Palestine.
Castel belongs to that group of Israeli artists, who contributed greatly to the infusion of contemporary art to Israeli painting, both as a member of the New Horizons group and in his own in individual right, through his innovative creations.
The essential elements along all of his artistic periods are described as the "Metaphysics of matter". At the same time that he composes with symbols going back to a calligraphic tradition that gives to the letter a kind of magical existence, this letter becomes an element in an artistic whole.
Castel often uses letters but without any meaning, mingled with invented symbols for the sole aim of creating structure and rhythms that are artistic and nothing else.