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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

Exhibition view: Group Exhibition, Listen to a heart beat, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin (23 May–11 July 2020). Courtesy Galerie Thomas Schulte.

Angela De La Cruz Featured Artworks

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Improvised by Angela De La Cruz contemporary artwork
Angela De La CruzImprovised, 2020Cloth on wooden frame
70 x 50 x 7.5 cm
Galerie Thomas Schulte Enquire about this work
Deflated (Turquoise/ Navy) by Angela De La Cruz contemporary artwork
Angela De La CruzDeflated (Turquoise/ Navy), 2018Oil and acrylic on canvas
185 x 66 x 32 cm
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Bare (Red) by Angela De La Cruz contemporary artwork
Angela De La CruzBare (Red), 2017Oil and acrylic on canvas
153 x 153 x 7 cm
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Hung 13 (Turquoise/Brown) by Angela De La Cruz contemporary artwork
Angela De La CruzHung 13 (Turquoise/Brown), 2010Oil and acrylic on canvas
60 x 40 x 8 cm
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Battered IV (Red) by Angela De La Cruz contemporary artwork
Angela De La CruzBattered IV (Red), 2012Oil and acrylic on aluminium
123 x 123 cm
Galerie Krinzinger Enquire about this work
Layers - Small (Sap Green/Brilliant Pink) by Angela De La Cruz contemporary artwork
Angela De La CruzLayers - Small (Sap Green/Brilliant Pink), 2019Acrylic and oil on canvas
70 x 50 x 7 cm
Galerie Thomas Schulte Enquire about this work
Scar Green by Angela De La Cruz contemporary artwork
Angela De La CruzScar Green, 2016Oil on canvas
70 x 50 x 7 cm
Galerie Krinzinger Enquire about this work
Dirty 6 (white) by Angela De La Cruz contemporary artwork
Angela De La CruzDirty 6 (white), 2011Oil on aluminium
54 x 47 x 28 cm
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Angela De La Cruz Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Listen to a heart beat at Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin
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23 May–11 July 2020 Group Exhibition Listen to a heart beat Galerie Thomas SchulteBerlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Angela De La Cruz, Layers at Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin
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26 October 2019–11 January 2020 Angela De La Cruz Layers Galerie Thomas SchulteBerlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, To a passer-by at Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna
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11 September–12 October 2019 Group Exhibition To a passer-by Galerie KrinzingerGalerie Krinzinger

Angela De La Cruz Represented By

Lisson Gallery contemporary art gallery in Lisson Street, London, United Kingdom Lisson Gallery London, New York, Shanghai

Angela De La Cruz In Ocula Magazine

Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui Ocula Conversation Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui By Tendai John Mutambu and Qinxin Gao, London

The exhibition Beyond Boundaries at Somerset House in London (12 March–2 April 2019) marked the historic contributions of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (CAFA) and the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, on the occasion of their 100th and 150th anniversaries, respectively. Spread across several rooms of Somerset...

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Angela De La Cruz In Related Press

An alternative history of abstract art Related Press An alternative history of abstract art 25 May 2018, Apollo Magazine

Surface Work, a survey show of women abstract artists across Victoria Miro’s Mayfair and Wharf Road galleries, reveals an alternative history of how much women have already achieved. From the examples of the more than 50 artists in this show–some relatively unknown and others household names–it is obvious that women approached abstraction with...

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Angela De La Cruz In Video & Audio

Angela de la Cruz spoke to Louisa Elderton about her exhibition at Galerie Thomas Schulte, August 2019 Related Video & Audio Angela de la Cruz spoke to Louisa Elderton about her exhibition at Galerie Thomas Schulte, August 2019 10 December 2019, Galerie Thomas Schulte

On the occasion of her exhibition Layers at Galerie Thomas Schulte (26 October 2019 to 11 January 2020), Angela de la Cruz spoke to Louisa Elderton about her choice of a minimalist display mirroring the feeling of experiencing the end of a party when the guests are leaving and the feeling of being at the end of an era not knowing what's to come...

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