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Angel Cabrales

About the artist...

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, domestic terrorism, and war in our commercial-centric society. 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. Cabrales views everything as an artistic resource and utilizes this in all his creations. 

From the border city, El Paso, TX, Angel was instilled with a great interest in science and engineering because of his father, a retired engineer at White Sands Missile Range. Cabrales also learned the importance of community and social work through his politically active mother. A stay at home mom, who volunteered heavily in the community, helped register voters and even, ran for state representative in the state of New Mexico. Angel's work is an amalgamation of his upbringing resulting in social/political commentary with and engineered flare. Cabrales received his Bachelors of Fine Arts from Arizona State University and his Masters of Fine Arts from the University of North Texas. Currently he is the Professor of Sculpture at the University of Texas at El Paso, as well as a mentor in The Low Residency Masters of Fine Arts Program for the School of Art Institute of Chicago. 

He has exhibited his artwork extensively in Texas and Arizona, having his work featured in both solo and group exhibitions at renowned institutions and galleries including the Wave Pool Gallery, Grand Art Haus, Baton Rouge Gallery, MAC Dallas, Texas Biennial in Austin, TX, the International TransBorder Biennial in El Paso, TX and Juarez Mexico, The Sculpture Biennial at the Amarillo Museum of Art, Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, The Latino Cultural Center of Dallas, The Longview Museum of Art, El Paso Museum of Art and collaborated with the AMBOS Project. 

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