Ángela Cuadra (Madrid, 1978) graduated in fine art from the UCM. Linked to a new generation of artists in Madrid, she started to make a name for herself on the independent circuit at the start of the 21st century, at exhibitions such as Casas y Calles, Mirador 05, Feedback and Off Limits. She was selected for INJUVE in 2006 and has exhibited at Centro de Arte Joven, CAAM in Las Palmas, Centro Baluarte in Pamplona and the Oliva Arauna and Blanca Soto galleries. She was recently awarded a creation grant by Matadero. She lives and works in Madrid.
Vive y trabaja en / Lives and works in: Madrid.
Licenciada en Bellas Artes, Universidad de Madrid, Madrid.
Exposiciones individuales/Solo Exhibitions
Orders II (Lightning). Espacio 8. Madrid
Orders. Espacio F
La plus belle du monde. Espacio Frágil. Madrid.
Survival. Centro de Arte Joven. Madrid.
Exposiciones Colectivas (Selección)/Selected Group Exhibitions
La Gesta Imposible. Curated by David Armengol. La Noche En Blanco. Madrid.
Sobrestructuras. Espacio OTR. Madrid.
Presupuesto 6 euros, prácticas artísticas y precariedad. Curated by Cabello/Carceller. Off Limits. Madrid
Ruidocracia. Colectivo Artistas de Guardia. Madrid.
Lineas de Mira. Curated by Amparo Lozano. CAAM. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
Planes Futuros. Arte español de los 2000. Curated by Lorena M. De Corral y María de Corral. Baluarte, Pamplona.
Circuitos de Arte Joven 2007. Centro de Arte Joven. Madrid.
Muestra de arte INJUVE. Círculo de Bellas Artes. Madrid
II Festival de Arte Experimental Decibelio. Madrid.
Mirador.05. Berzosa de Lozoya. Madrid.
Interiores. Galería Oliva Arauna. Madrid
Ensalada de Bombilla. Galería Blanca Soto. Madrid
Fragmentos: 11 lecturas ávidas. Galería KA. Madrid.
Casas y Calles. Intervenciones urbanas en el Barrio de Lavapiés. Madrid
Becas y premios / Awards and grants
Ayudas a la Creación Contemporánea Matadero. Madrid.
Circuitos de Arte Joven. Centro de Arte Joven. Madrid.
INJUVE. Premio para la producción de proyectos audiovisuales.
2º premio Jovenes Creadores. Madrid.
Circuitos de Artes Plásticas. Madrid.
1. What made you choose art as a profession?
I suppose it’s what made me feel better. For me it’s not exactly a profession; it’s a way of life.
2. How would you define your work?
It’s very rational, but it also has a lot of feeling. I work a bit by impulse.
3. What subjects are you interested in?
Women in the 21st century, identity, the representation of community through the media…
4. What resources – formal or otherwise – do you use in your work?
Mainly drawing, appropriating images and messages from the media.
5. What relationship does your work have with reality? What are your raw materials?
My raw material is the media, and aspects of everyday life. I like exploring the potential of objects and materials as they are set before our eyes.
6. What, according to you, is the point of art?
7. How do you hope the public will receive your work? What audience are you aiming at?
I’m not aiming at any audience in particular.
8. What qualifications have you got? What do you value most from your time in education?
I studied philosophy and fine art. What I value most are the books I read and the friends I made.
9. How would you define your current professional situation? And in the future?
I’m exploring things I used to take for granted and working on small projects that might hatch in the long term. I’m thinking a lot and not producing very much… for now. In the future I hope to have more time to spend in the studio.
10. Many artists say it’s difficult to make a living from their work; how do economic considerations affect you when it comes to work? Do you think this has a bearing on your work?
Yes, I suppose it is difficult. At the moment I don’t make a living from my art work, although my job doesn’t take up too much of my time. I used to come up with pieces that needed money to be produced. I was always writing dossiers to apply for production grants for projects that would never see the light of day without finance. Now I prefer to get things out of my head and try out their potential on paper with the means I’ve got and we’ll see what happens.
11. What do you look for or expect from your relationship with promoters and curators? What advantages and difficulties have you found with these relationships?
I hope they support and back the artist up, have a cordial relationship with them and are open to what the artist has to say.
12. What do you think sets the arts scene in Madrid apart from elsewhere? What would you say are its pluses and minuses?
It’s too institutionalised. I like initiatives that spring up independently, but there are fewer and fewer of them.