Federico Castellon was born one of seven children in Alhabia, a city in Almería, Spain. His parents moved the family to Flatbush, in Brooklyn when he was seven. As a Spanish-speaking child with limited English living in a new country, Castellon found himself ostracized by his peers. In the early 1930s, Castellon was introduced to Diego Rivera who took an interest in the young man’s work and brought Castellon’s drawings to the attention of the director of the Weyhe Gallery in New York. Although Castellon would gain notoriety in virtually every media, he remains best known for his original prints, medium in which he became a master.