Ángela de la Cruz

Coruña, 1965

Angela De la Cruz was born in A Coruña, Spain. She studied philosophy at the University of Santiago de Compostela, before moving to London in 1987, where she studied art at the Chelsea College of Art, Goldsmiths College and Slade School of Art (University College, London).

Her work is situated between painting and sculpture and she has become well known for paintings which are deliberately broken or distorted. Her work engages with the discourse of painting by targeting its basic anatomy – the stretcher bar, usually left to its job of keeping the canvas smooth and pliant – often twisted and bent out of shape. By breaking its form, the artist breaks convention, by mangling the stretcher and piercing the flat edifice of the canvas to unleash it into the three-dimensional space.

Her solo exhibitions include Azkuna Zentroa, Bilbao, Spain (2018); Peer, London, UK (2016); Wetterling Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden (2016); Fundacion Luis Seoane, A Coruña, Spain (2015); Carreras Mugica, Bilbao, Spain (2014); Wetterling Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden (2013); Camden Arts Centre, London, UK (2010); Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Seville, Spain (2005); Museo de Arte Contemporanea de Vigo and Annex Space MARCO, Spain (2004). She was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2010 and is the recipient of the 2017 Premio Nacional de Artes Plásticas, Spain.