About the Artist
Angel Cabrales received his BFA in sculpture from Arizona State University and his MFA in sculpture from the University of North Texas. He has shown work consistently for over ten years including shows in major cities such as Dallas, Fort Worth, El Paso, Phoenix and Juarez, Mexico. He is currently attending the Rogers Lake residency in Flagstaff, AZ, has a solo show at the MonOrchid in Phoenix, AZ and also participated in the Photo Book, La Frontera by German photographer Stefan Falk, which was exhibited in Berlin, Germany. Angel has taught at several universities throughout Texas, including the University of North Texas and the University of Texas at Brownsville. Currently, he is the Visiting Assistant Professor in Sculpture at the University of Texas at El Paso, a board member of the Museum and Cultural Affairs Department and Public Art Committee for the City of El Paso as well as an independent multi-media artist.
Angel views everything as an artistic resource and utilizes this in all of his creations. From his extensive experience with a variety of mediums and styles, to the intangibles, such as his upbringing and ideas, his work grows and expands with the requirements presented from each new art piece. The artwork’s concept ultimately dictates the medium needed for its creation, so artistic evolution is intrinsic in his philosophy. Originally from the border city, El Paso, TX, Angel's work is a mixture of social/political commentary with a satirical engineered flare.
Angel examines the dehumanization of people through the marketing and spin that we are subjected to in our everyday lives by exploiting commercialism and placing issues in an appetizing, yet, disturbingly consumable form. In an era where the masses are looked upon as “consumers” rather than citizens, he has discovered that the best way to skirt laws is to redefine them or outright claim them to be “fake news.” His multi-media installations and sculptures capitalize on immigration, financial disarray, terrorism, and war in our commercial-centric society. The reason for this is not only to heighten awareness of the subject matter, but to begin conversation where most would rather be entertained. The creation and engineering of the work is not just an artistic presentation: it is an invitation to incorporate the viewer and make them a larger part of the work itself, creating an interactive experience that merges a passion for the arts with today’s technologies and the social/political concerns of today.