Angelica Contreras is a Latinx artist interested in exploring the relationships between identity, tradition, and pop culture, through its many layers. She incorporates techniques like acrylic, oil, and collage into her pieces, providing a palette of colors and textures for the subject’s surroundings. The use of materials is both calculated as serendipitous, creating unusual cultural combinations. Her work seeks to act as a bridge between various communities and cultures and thus reflecting on her own.
Contreras was born in Whittier, California, and moved to Guadalajara, Jalisco at an early age. She attended the University of Guadalajara, receiving a B.A. in art in 2008 and a Masters in Art Education in 2016. Her artwork has been shown in exhibitions in Mexico and the U.S., including “The Hidden Faces/ Los Rostros Ocultos” at Latino Arts Inc in Milwaukee and “What We Inherit: Remnants of Light and Space” at the Overture Center in Madison, WI. She is a member of Colectivo Synapsis a group of Latino artists that focus on social justice projects that impact communities in Southern Wisconsin. Contreras was a recipient of the Forward Art Prize in 2020, an annual award targeted to support the work of female artists in Dane County. She currently lives and works in Madison, Wisconsin, where she continues to create and showcase her art.
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