about

Mariángeles Soto-Díaz is an artist based in the margins of Los Angeles whose material practice is neither settled nor static. Using color as a conceptual and retinal catalyst, she works through painting in the extended field as well as through collaborative and social practices, incorporating materials as varied as junk mail, spices, new and obsolete media, UPC codes, and Craigslist discards. With a neo-anthropofagic appetite, Soto-Díaz explores our encounter with the material world, exposing the frictions of relational entanglements that shape our local and global subjectivities.

Soto-Díaz began her art studies in the oil-producing country of Venezuela, where she was born and raised, and where Modernism's failed promise felt particularly poignant. She holds an MA in Aesthetics and Politics from CalArts and an MFA from CGU. Her work has been exhibited internationally, at venues including MASS MoCA, El Museo del Barrio in NYC, the University of Iowa Museum, and the Wignall Museum, among others, and has been reviewed in publications such as the L.A. Times, Art Nexus and Arte al Día. She is also the founder of the Unconfirmed Makeshift Museum (UMM), a flexible project space with a playful utopian sensibility, conceived as a cultural intervention in suburban Irvine, CA. Soto-Díaz was once given a charming parrot named Arturito to petsit, and she let it go free.

 

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