Angela De La Cruz Biography

Angela de la Cruz is a London-based Spanish artist. Using the language of painting and sculpture, her works often combine a sense of tension with the act of deconstruction. They convey a deep emotional presence, but this emotion is mixed with humour.

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De la Cruz was born in 1965 in A Coruna in Spain but moved to London in 1987. She holds a BA in Philosophy from University of Santiago de Compostela in Spain, a BA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths in London and an MA in Sculpture and Critical Theory from Slade School of Fine Art, also in London.

De la Cruz believes that although a painting is seemingly static, it embodies action and is never a finished product; it carries the tense dynamism of its making within it. This is why so many of her pieces use the language of painting but sit somewhere between painting and sculpture. Her exhibitions are almost always a collection of slashed, sagging, or crumpled forms. She often crushes her stretchers or pierces the flat surface of her canvases to unleash them upon three-dimensional space, sometimes incorporating collapsed furniture. By attacking the conventional notions of how a painting or a sculpture is perceived, she breaks social conventions and reflects the socio-political uncertainty of our times.

De la Cruz's series 'Everyday Paintings' (1995–1999) is a collection of glossy oil monochromes made with large horizontal brush strokes that have been transformed to create pieces that are nothing like traditional paintings. This approach to painting spilled over into the medium of sculpture as the artist began to incorporate found objects and furniture, a method that is still a core focus in her practice.

De la Cruz's painting, Larger Than Life—first shown at the Royal Festival Hall in London in 1998—is considered one of her most iconic works and introduced her unapologetically raw art-making approach to the wider art community, attracting the attention of many critics. The work is a vast painted installation created with the help of an army of skilful assistants. The artist likened the work to a huge woman who can't dance and who has fallen to the floor, and it later travelled to museums in Spain, Israel, and Germany.

In 2005, halfway through organising her exhibition tour of Europe, de la Cruz suffered a brain haemorrhage while pregnant. She was in a coma for weeks and spent months in the hospital, during which time she gave birth to her daughter. Relying on a team of production assistants ever since that incident, her 2010 exhibition, After, at the Camden Arts Centre in London got her nominated for the 2010 Turner Prize.

De la Cruz is the recipient of the 2017 Premio Nacional de Artes Plásticas in Spain and a 2010 Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Visual Artists. She has exhibited extensively around the world and has been part of numerous group exhibitions. Her previous solo exhibitions have been held at venues including Azkuna Zentroa, Bilbao (2018); Peer, London (2016); Wetterling Gallery, Stockholm (2016); Fundación Luis Seoane, A Coruña (2015); CarrerasMugica Gallery, Bilbao (2014); Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Seville (2005); and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Vigo (2004). Her artworks have been acquired for numerous public institutions such as Tate; British Council Collection; Contemporary Art Society, London; la Caixa, Barcelona; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane; Frac Nord-Pas de Calais, Dunkirk; University of Brussels; as well as private and corporate collections in Australia, Europe, and the United States.

Leila Sajjadi | Ocula | 2019

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Long Hurdle (Red) by Angela De La Cruz contemporary artwork painting, sculpture
Angela De La Cruz Long Hurdle (Red), 2024 Oil and acrylic on canvas, metal, wooden stretchers
178 x 55 x 22 cm
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Loop (S) (Pearl Blue) by Angela De La Cruz contemporary artwork painting
Angela De La Cruz Loop (S) (Pearl Blue), 2022 Oil and acrylic on canvas
70 x 50 x 12 cm
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Split (Black) by Angela De La Cruz contemporary artwork painting
Angela De La Cruz Split (Black), 2023 Oil and acrylic on canvas
53 x 33 x 16.5 cm
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Loop S (Caribbean Blue) II by Angela De La Cruz contemporary artwork painting
Angela De La Cruz Loop S (Caribbean Blue) II, 2022 Oil and acrylic on canvas
71 x 50 x 7.5 cm
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Long Hurdle (Off-White Yellow) by Angela De La Cruz contemporary artwork painting, sculpture
Angela De La Cruz Long Hurdle (Off-White Yellow), 2024 Oil and acrylic on canvas, metal, wooden stretchers
165 x 55 x 20 cm
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Barricade Shield (Persian Red) by Angela De La Cruz contemporary artwork painting
Angela De La Cruz Barricade Shield (Persian Red), 2023 Oil and acrylic on canvas
58 x 38 x 19 cm
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Barricade Shield (Off-White) by Angela De La Cruz contemporary artwork painting
Angela De La Cruz Barricade Shield (Off-White), 2023 Oil and acrylic on canvas
62 x 34 x 22 cm
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Barricade Shield (Black) by Angela De La Cruz contemporary artwork painting
Angela De La Cruz Barricade Shield (Black), 2023 Oil and acrylic on canvas
55 x 40 x 21 cm
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