Born in 1932 in Coburg, Germany, Bertram Castell grew up in a feudal, Protestant family. After sporadically attending school, he was educated as a wood-carver, building fitter, and grain merchant. For four years, Castell served as a Federal Border Guard (Bundesgrenzschutzbeamter), followed by work as a salesman for beauty care and hygiene products, as an ice cream vendor and a bookseller.
In 1963, Castell moved to Vienna, Austria, where he enrolled at the Academy of Fine Arts (Akademie der bildenden Künste) to study painting in Herbert Boeckl’s master class. Since 1965 he has been working as a freelance artist, graphic designer, art director, creative director, and occasionally as a bartender and decorator. Castell is a member of several artist groups, including Künstlergruppe Parz, Salzburger Kunstverein, Oberösterreichischer Kunstverein, and Kunstverein Coburg.
As his major artistic influences he cites the first exhibitions of expressionist and abstract art he saw after the end of World War II. He then knew, “I want to become a painter!”
Bertram Castell lives and works in Vienna, and Lower Austria.