Born in Mexico City in 1968, Nacho Castaneda is part of the fifth generation of Castaneda sculptors. He began working in marble at the age of fourteen, and in metals at nineteen. He earned two FIne Art degrees from the National School of Fine Arts San Carlos, where he studied sculpture, painting and engraving. He has been exhibiting his work since 1989 and teaching since 1997. In 2008, he began teaching sculpture at Rancho La Puerta. Castaneda creates sculptures both in the family tradition of figurative females, and abstract works inspired by organic forms and his own ideas about genetic shifts and the evolution of life.