Inspired in equal parts by conceptual, painterly, and sculptural concerns, Angela de la Cruz utilizes the canvas to subvert traditional notions of painting, and extend the potential of narrative form. Aligning her work within the greater discourse of the history of art, de la Cruz defies the notion of a painting as a unique, singular object by deconstructing and reconstructing paintings into recyclable “Commodity Paintings”. Reinforced with titles such as “Ashamed”, “Off Guard”, or “Stuck”, her works are often physically and psychologically damaged. Her signature form of action painting — resulting in bashed-in and fractured stretchers, and crumpled, torn, or scorched canvases — serves to visualize the dramas their titles invoke, and anthropomorphize human emotions and experience.
Born in 1965 in La Coruna, Spain, Angela de la Cruz received her first university degree in philosophy at the Santiago de Compostela. She moved to London in 1989 and studied at Goldsmiths College and The Slade School of Art where she was awarded a Bachelor in Fine Art and Masters in Sculpture and Critical Theory respectively. She currently lives and works in London and is exhibited broadly throughout the world.