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 felt particularly poignant. Working in solo and participatory formats, her material practice is neither settled nor static, moving across conceptual borders to reframe the relationship between speculative spaces and politics through notions of belonging, autonomy and affect. She is also interested in new materialisms and the rifts caused by asymmetrical entanglements shaping our local and global subjectivities.
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 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 Hyperallergic, the LA Times, Art Nexus and Arte al Día. Soto-Diaz is based in Southern California and is the founder of the Unconfirmed Makeshift Museum (UMM), an artist-run project that examines feminist and domestic politics.