Angela Mia De La Vega

Freedom of spirit is my work’s purpose: to uplift and inspire feelings of pure love and joy. My fulfillment as an artist is complete if I feel that my sculpture stirs or awakens personal emotion in the hearts of its viewers.

As I sculpt, I listen to an enduring memory of my own experiences. Each sculpture begins as dramatic light and shadows over form. Unique details then deliver a responding body that listens as a live face does.

American Women Artists, recently presented two pretigious awards to Angela at its annual juried competition, this year at the K. Newby Gallery and Sculpture Garden  in Tubac, Arizona. Hundreds of artists entered the competition from the U.S., Mexico and Canada; in the finals 61 paintings and drawings were chosen and 14 sculptures. An extraordinary panel including Gay Falkenberry, Star York, Stephanie Birdsall, Sharon Fullingim, Margret Short, Deborah Reeder, Curator of the Saint George Utah Art Museum, and K.Newby Gallery owner Kim Roseman judged the 15th Annual Awards Show. Angela’s sculpture, Summer, received both Best in Show and Best 3-Dimensional Work Awards!

Also, the National Sculpture Society, recently presented its 79th Annual Awards Exhibition at Brookgreen Gardens, South Carolina. The Annual Awards Exhibition is the National Sculpture Society’s most popular show. Accomplished artists apply to the juried competition which offers thousands of dollars in cash prizes. A Jury of Selection, comprised of two NSS Fellows and one curator, chose the 43 works for the exhibition. Angela’s work, Pivotal Moment, won a celebratedPeople’s Choice Award at this important event, the award orchestrated by more than 50,000 art lovers attending who voted for their favorite works.

May, 2012: Angela named Living Master by ARC
Art Renewal Center is the largest on-line Museum on the internet housing all the known works of the greatest painters and sculptors in human history, cross referenced to the largest encyclopedic online art reference library of historical texts, essays, biographies and articles. The ARC defines a “living master” as one who has the rare talent, experience and expertise to create great humanistic works of art that are seemingly executed with effortless perfection; one who has been trained under the rigorous academic principles of Realism, and mastered every parameter and nuance of great painting or sculpture. ViewAngela’s Living Master page.

Artist’s Statement of Purpose
Freedom of spirit is my work’s purpose: to uplift and inspire feelings of pure love and joy. My fulfillment as an artist is complete if I feel that my sculpture stirs or awakens personal emotion in the hearts of its viewers.

As I sculpt, I listen to an enduring memory of my own experiences. Each sculpture begins as dramatic light and shadows over form. Unique details then deliver a responding body that listens as a live face does.

Upon signing my works in clay, it is difficult to resist the thrill of creation…I have a strong sense that nothing is finalized; it continues to develop and grow, as do our children. I feel the spirit of life itself is emanating from the sculpture.

Because of the passion that inspires my sculpting, I hope to transmit a complexity of emotions to those who contemplate my work.