Mariángeles Soto-Díaz is an artist based in southern California. Drawing on early training in the language of painting and abstraction, her neo-anthropofagic appetite and shifting material practice pry open conceptual borders, exploring feminist and domestic politics, notions of affect, group affinity and empathy. Through solo, collaborative and social practice, and incorporating materials as varied as junk mail, spices, new and obsolete media, UPC codes, and Craigslist discards, Soto-Díaz exposes the pleasures and frictions of our relational entanglements.
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 conceived as a cultural intervention in suburban Irvine, CA.