Angela De La Vega
There is so much beauty to see in every given moment. I wish desperately that I could sculpt it all, like a camera capturing consecutive moments in time, separated only by seconds. For each sculpture, I listen to memory - a vision that does not fade, as it must come into being in all of its fullness. I always work with a model for this vision - a model that can represent a multiplicity of humanity, glowing with spirit, and shaping light and shadows over form. I work ardently at a torrid pace, to make sure that nothing evades my grasp of what I see. As the sculpture develops, I can slow down and focus on details such as physical features of the subject. This is when I hope to focus on transferring the intensity of the subject, sculpting a body that listens as a live face does. The addition of details such as clothing or accompanying objects within a sculpture are based on hours of research into culture, history and photographs in order to achieve authenticity and realism. Upon signing my works at their completion in clay, I find it 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 can only hope this is because life itself is emanating from the sculpture. Because of the passion that inspires my sculpting, I hope to transmit this enormity of emotions to those who contemplate my work. Since sculpting her first bronze in 1994, Angela Mia De la Vega has since been creating figurative bronze sculptures for international collectors, corporations and institutions across the country. 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 curious and ever-changing individuality of her children.Angela's figurative sculptures are said to emanate unique living spirit - something the artist achieves by truly knowing - and often loving - her subjects. Angela sculpts in clay her deeply honest observations, reflecting even the smallest nuance in character and ultimately revealing an acute, mesmerizing likeness to her model. Angela has recently been elected as a member of the prestigious National Sculpture Society (2012), where during their 79th Annual Awards Exhibition at Brookgreen Gardens, her sculpture "Pivotal Moment" won the celebrated "People's Choice" Award. She has also named Living Master by the Art Renewal Center (2012) the largest on-line Museum on the Internet. Examples of her public and corporate installations include Beatrice Community Hospital, NE (2012), Texas Christian University, TX (2007), Stillwater's Family Crisis Center, OK (2011), Candlelighters Children's Cancer Society, TX (2002), The Lena Pope Home for orphaned and differently-abled children, TX (2007), Mexico's Femap Foundation Hospitals, Providence Memorial Hospital, The Orange County Courthouse, and numerous city plazas, shopping centers, and public parks throughout the country. Education-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 studies?2000-2005-Attended artist workshops in Loveland, CO, and Richard MacDonald Studio in Carmel, CA. Awards: People's Choice Award at the National Sculpture Society's 79th Annual BrookGreen Gardens Exhibition for "Pivotal Moment" Best In Show and Best Sculpture at the American Women Artists (of the US, Canada, and Mexico) annual exhibition for her sculpture "Summer".