Current / Upcoming

Everyday Grappling Operations, a project and installation at the Orange County Museum of Art. November 3, 2018, through March 17, 2019

Happening at OCMA:

March 9, 2019: Family Day girlpower! martial arts event

March 16, 2019: “Learning from Randori” art performance with judokas Sensei Bunasawa (9th Dan Black Belt Kodokan Judo), Goya (1st Dan Black Belt Kodokan Judo), Brendan Bunasawa and Dan Nguyen. Other performers: Melissa Nicole Rocha, Jizhou Peng, David Torres, Christina Jian, Ramy Raoof, Regino Rodriguez, Veronica Preciado, Jacqueline Weisbaum.

drj – dr. julius | ap, CENTURY. idee bauhaus, Berlin, April through June 2019

The Pink Elephant In The Room / El Elefante Rosado En La Habitación, a painting-mural for El Mañana No Existe, curated by Lorena Gonzalez for the Galería Beatriz Gil in Caracas, Venezuela, through March, 2019

Sur: Biennial, curated by James MacDevitt, August, 2019

Wignall Museum, These Creatures, curated by Cindy Rehm, September, 2019

Phoenix Museum of Art, 2020


Mariángeles Soto-Díaz began her art studies in Venezuela, currently one of the most violent countries in the world but then a promising oil-producing nation where Modernism’s failed promise was particularly poignant.

Working in a range of formats, her practice registers the multiplicity of her own subject position, moving across conceptual borders to reframe the relationship between speculative spaces and politics through notions of affect. She is interested in creating objects, installations and events that examine how new feminist materialisms and the rifts caused by power differentials are understood.

Soto-Diaz holds a BA in Art and a minor in Psychology from Hampshire College, an MA in Aesthetics and Politics from CalArts and an MFA from Claremont Graduate University. Her work has been exhibited at venues including Orange County Museum of Art, MASS MoCA, El Museo del Barrio in NYC, the University of Iowa Museum, Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art, and the Wignall Museum, among others, and has been reviewed in publications such as Hyperallergic, the LA Times, Art Nexus, El Nacional, El Universal and Arte al Día. Soto-Diaz is based in Southern California and is the founder of the Unconfirmed Makeshift Museum (UMM), a flexible artist-run project with a playful utopian sensibility that examines feminist and domestic politics.