Verónica Castillo Hernández was born the 27th of September, 1967 in Izúcar de Matamoros, Puebla, México. Izúcar was originally known as the Aztec town of Itzócan, an important commercial center and military outpost. Verónica, at a very young age, was exposed to the family’s vocation – the popular art form of polychromatic ceramics. Under the tutelage of her parents, Don Alfonso Castillo Orta and Doña Soledad Martha Hernández Báez, she was guided through simple figures. Over time, her artistic expertise would launch her career. Veronica’s work continues to build upon the artistic family traditions passed on from generation. Her exhibits have achieved national and international recognition.
In 2013, Veronica Castillo received the 2013 National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship Award.
Veronica studied accounting, but only worked as an accountant for one year as she decided to dedicate herself completely to her true vocation – the art of polychromatic ceramic work. Veronica and her four younger siblings are currently the fourth practicing generation dedicated to the art form. Together with her parents, sisters and brothers, she has won countless local, state, national and international awards. The family has exhibited extensively throughout México and abroad. Their works of art form part of valuable collections in the United States, Munich and London and in museums in Chicago, Brazil and the Spanish Royal Palace of King Juan Carlos I.