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.
Exalting the human spirit through expressive faces and natural body movement has become the recognized trademark of Angela Mia De la Vega’s figurative bronze sculpture. Her work’s greatest inspiration is the ever-changing individuality of her children. Angela graduated Summa Cum Laude from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and completed post-graduate studies at the University of Madrid, Spain. She is an elected member of the National Sculpture Society, a Master Signature member of American Women Artists, and was named a Living Master by the internationally prestigious ARC (Art Renewal Center). Major awards include Best in Show and Best 3D Work by AWA and The Purchase Award by the ARC Museum. Her sculptures are installed in numerous universities, hospitals, public parks and city plazas throughout the USA and privately collected throughout North America, Europe, Australia, Dubai, India, China, and Japan.
Angela cofounded FLITE (Friends Lifting Individuals To Empowerment) whose mission is to harness the power of artistic expression and use it to raise funds and empower enslaved or socially excluded people.
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. View Angela's Living Master page.
|July 2018||Stonebrook Business Park, Frisco, Texas|
|June 2018||Main Marketplace, Little Elm, Texas|
|June 2018||NW Arkansas Children's Hospital, Fayetteville, Arkansas|
|March 2018||USA Children's and Women's Hospital, Mobile, Alabama|
|November 2017||BancFirst, Edmond, Oklahoma|
|May 2016||CityLine, Dallas, Texas|
|November 2015||BancFirst, Edmond, Oklahoma|
|January 2014||University of Arkansas, Little Rock, Arkansas|
|September 2013||Little Rock Children's Hospital, Little Rock, Arkansas|
|May 2012||Beatrice Community Hospital, Nebraska|
|October 2011||Stillwater Center for Domestic Violence, Oklahoma|
|September 2011||Bergstrom Corporation, Neenah, Wisconsin|
|March 2009||City of Sheridan Public Arts, Wyoming|
|January 2008||Claxton Elementary School, Greensboro, North Carolina|
|October 2007||Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas|
|September 2007||Cattle Barons-American Cancer Society, Plano, Texas|
|February 2007||Lena Pope Home, Fay Jones Plaza, Fort Worth, Texas|
|December 2006||Seabridge Marketplace, Oxnard, California|
|November 2006||Hackberry Creek Park, Highland Park (Dallas), Texas|
|September 2006||Steam Pump Village, Tucson, Arizona|
|April 2005||Providence Memorial Hospital, El Paso, Texas|
|February 2005||Santa Ana Courthouse, Orange County, California|
|June 2003||Las Palmas Marketplace, El Paso, Texas|
|January 2003||The Highlands of Flower Mound, Texas|
|October 2002||Candlelighters Foundation, El Paso, Texas|
|September 2001||Plaza El Paseo Shopping Ctr, Laguna Beach, California|
|September 2000||Chapel Hill Lifestyle Center, Fort Worth, Texas|
|October 1999||Huebner Oaks Lifestyle Center, San Antonio, Texas|
|July 1997||FEMAP Foundation Hospital, Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico|
|2018||Full Sun: American Women Artists Illuminate the Haggin Museum, Stockton, California|
|2018||Art Renewal Center (ARC) 2017-2018 International Salon Finalist|
|2017||Under a Vast Sky: Tucson Desert Art Museum, Tucson, Arizona|
|2007-2018||Sculpture in the Park Juried Exhibition, Loveland, Colorado|
|2017||Art Renewal Center (ARC) 2016-2017 International Salon Finalist|
|2016||Art Renewal Center (ARC) 2015-2016 International Salon Competition Honorable Mention|
|2015||American Women Artists Signature Bronze Medal|
|2015-2017||Season Performance in Sculpture, Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa, Florida|
|2015||Art Renewal Center (ARC) 2014-2015 International Salon Competition Honorable Mention|
|2015||Sculpture at the River Market, Little Rock, Arkansas|
|2014, 2016||Art in the Square, Southlake, Texas|
|2013-2015||Performance in Sculpture, Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa, Florida|
|2014||American Women Artists National Juried Competition|
|2013||National Sculpture Society Straz Center Exhibition, Tampa, Florida|
|2013||ArtCAN Juried Exhibition, Atlanta Ballet Center, Atlanta, Georgia|
|2013||Award of Merit - American Women Artists National Juried Competition, Fredericksburg, Texas|
|2013, 2015||Cottonwood Art Festival, Richardson, Texas|
|2013-2015||Art Renewal Center (ARC) 2012-2013 International Salon Competition Finalist|
|2012||American Women Artists National Juried Competition, Tubac: Best in Show and Best 3-D Work|
|2012||National Sculpture Society’s 79th Annual Awards Exhibition, Brookgreen Gardens, South Carolina|
|2012||Art Renewal Center (ARC) 2011-2012 International Salon Competition Purchase Award|
|2012||Art Renewal Center (ARC) 2011-2012 International Salon Competition Honorable Mention|
|2012||43rd Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair by The Guild of Artists and Artisans, Ann Arbor, Michigan|
|2010||American Women Artists National Juried Competition, Dallas, Texas|
1992 BFA, Summa Cum Laude, Clarion University of Pennsylvania
1990-1992 University of Madrid, Spain, Undergraduate Student Exchange
1992-1993 University of Madrid, Spain, Post-graduate
2000-2005 Artist Workshops in Loveland, CO and Richard MacDonald Studio, Carmel, CA.