Work of the Figurative Artist
Lift Her With Butterflies was recently awarded the Bronze Award in the Signature Member Level of American Women Artists' Annual Master & Signature Member Show & National Juried Exhibit held at Bonner David Galleries in Scottsdale, Arizona. Also, ARC (Art Renewal Center) awarded the same sculpture an Honorable Mention in their International ARC Salon Competition.
Also of note, Angela was elected to membership in the prestigious National Sculpture Society - an elite recognition of honor bestowed upon renowned sculptors for accomplishment and mastery over all aspects of their field. NSS members interpret, create, collect, exhibit, and support the constantly evolving tradition in American sculpture. The society promotes the excellence in sculpture inspired by the natural world.
Exalting the human spirit through expressive faces and natural body movement has become Angela's recognized trademark. Her work's greatest inspiration is the curious and ever-changing individuality of her children.
As I'm working, I find the sculpture gradually coming to life. The piece never seems finished; I want to continue its creation but have to push myself to finally let go.
Detail in Figurative Sculpture
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.
Having the concept so clear in my mind, I have already chosen my models: individuals who represent a multiplicity of humanity, glowing with spirit, and shaping light and shadows over form.
Figurative Bronze Sculpture
Providing meaningful insights into human relationships by allowing viewers to look beneath the surface of face and figure into the soul of the subject is the strongest appeal of figurative art and the works of Angela Mia De La Vega.
In the end, I want my work to be remembered as something that inspires and awakens tenderness of spirit - something within us that allows us to stop and appreciate the more important things like family and emotions, especially love.