About Me

Angella Holguin was born in Mexico City in 1981. She enters the world of plastic arts after graduating and working as a Bachelor of International Commerce. By experiencing in her first sculptures the transforming power of art, she introduces the concept of transformation as the essence of her creative world. She decides to focus on her passion and pursues a Master of Sculpture MFA at the Academy of Art in San Francisco, California.

Coming from a mining family, she spent her childhood surrounded by mountains and rivers, awakening in her a taste for open spaces and the desire to interact with everything that surrounded her blending in a profound relationship with nature.

By cutting, bending and welding steel, she finds in metal a challenge to set in motion: to reflect inwards this same process as a form of personal transmutation thus becoming the perfect metaphor that would define her creative endeavor.

Even though metal is an essential part of her language, she enriches her concept by incorporating different materials within the same work; placing paper and steel, ceramics and resin, in an organic dialogue, creating pieces such as Sublimation: an installation designed for public spaces that suggests a kind of flora from another world, stems made of steel inlaid with bronze, crowned with transparent glass spheres with iridescent sparkles, rising towards the sky. Artificial flowers reflecting within the environment around, giving a feeling of mysticism that interacts harmoniously with the landscape.

In 2017 she received her first commission from the state of Querétaro to create a public sculpture as legacy for the city, which she named Responsum. In Vino Veritas, a monumental sculpture in carbon steel and quarry, was inaugurated in 2021, her second state commission for the Querétaro Wine Growing Association.

The Ida Médicis Gallery, Paris, is her current representative in France where she exhibited individually in 2019 and in 2021 together with the french painter Delphiine Piard.

Her first casting, a woman in a fetal position, reflects a new starting point in her life, a rebirth. Her works have evolved from figurative representations to organic and abstract forms. Inspired by the concept of cyclical life and death found in the cultures of Mesoamerica, she directs her work towards inner universes and their transformative processes. The evolution in Angella’s work is a reflection of her own cycles. Her work is her autobiography.

Artist Statement

Nature is my main source of inspiration: organisms that are born, grow, transform, die, are reborn and continue the cycle of life. Due to this connection with the world of Nature, my sculptures seek to represent organic life, symbolizing my nature and inner world also in constant transformation and development. As human beings, we share these characteristics, physically and spiritually.

Even though my main working materials are steel and stainless steel, in recent years I have experimented with and incorporated clay, wood, acrylic, resins and volcanic stones into my pieces.

I create organic forms inspired by nature and mineral kingdoms. They extend upwards; the space they occupy is not fixed like the flow of life. Without a purpose in mind, my sculptures speak for me, reflecting and providing me feedback. I work with the hope that my works will nurture their viewers in the same way.

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Education

2019                 Degree in Ceramics, Instituto de Artes y Oficios de Querétaro, Querétaro.

2017                 MFA Sculpture, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, California.

2012-2013      Apprentice, Workshop Rogelio Madero & David Madero Sculptors.

2011                 Sculpture, Art Academy of San Diego, California.

2010                 Figure Sculpture, École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris.

2009                 Figure Sculpture, École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris.

2008                 Drawing, Instituto Coahuilense de Cultura.

2008                 Painting Techniques, Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Mexico.

2004                 Degree on International Commerce, Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Mexico.

Solo Exhibitions

2022                “Gestación Etérea” Galería Libertad, Querétaro, Querétaro, México.

2019                 “Encuentros”, Galería Libertad, Querétaro, Querétaro, México.

2019                 “Viaje del alma”, Ida Médicis Gallery, Paris, France.

2017                 “Eukarya”, Museo de la Ciudad, Querétaro, Querétaro, México.

2016                 “Sublimación”, MUCAL, Querétaro, Querétaro, México.

2015                 “Origen y Fuego”, Museo de la Ciudad, Querétaro, Querétaro, México.

2015                 “Origen y Fuego”, Fundación Carol Rolland, Querétaro, Querétaro, México.

Group Exhibitions

2022                 “Emerging women artists” Calderony Gallery, Fábrica la Aurora, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
2021                 “Degustando el Arte”, Museo de Arte de Querétaro, Querétaro, Mexico.

2021                 “INSTINCT”, Ida Médicis Gallery, Paris. France.

2020                 “Gynes Cartografía de la Estética Femenina. Querétaro siglo XXl” Museo de Arte de Querétaro, Qro, México.

2019                 “Colectiva”, Instituto de Artes y Oficios de Querétaro, Querértaro, México.

2019                 “Plástica Contemporánea Queretana”, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Querétaro, Querétaro, Mexico.

2018                 “Escultura de Valores” Centro Educativo y Cultural Manuel Gómez Morin, Querétaro, Querétaro, Mexico.

2018                 “Living Organisms”, Art With Me GNP, Sanará, Tulum, Quintana Roo, México.

2016                 “Segunda Etapa” Salón De La Plástica Contemporánea Queretana, Querétaro, Querétaro, México.

2010                 “Expo Colectiva Pintura”, Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico.

Commissions

2020                 State Government of Querétaro, “In Vino Veritas”, Public Steel Sculpture.

2017                 State Government of Querétaro, “Responsum”, Steel Sculpture.

2015                 Rodrigo Soto Pesquera, “Carragaheen Moss”, Stainless Steel Sculpture.

Professional Experience

2015                            Art for Children, Museo de la Ciudad, Querétaro, Querétaro, México.

2012-2013                 Assistant, Workshop Rogelio Madero & David Madero Sculptors, Torreón, Coahuila, México.

2004-2010                 International Manager, System of Energy S.A. de C.V., Saltillo, Coahuila, México.

Bibliography

Ana Clara Muro, Escultura de Angella Holguin, Encuentros, April, 2019.

Sophie Béguerie, Les sculpures d’Angella Holguin exposées à Paris, Le Figaro, March, 2019.

Stéphanie Pioda, Angella Holguin – Viaje del Alma, Beaux Arts Magazine, March, 2019.

Dorothy O’Donnell, “Sculptor’s  public art piece inaugurated in Mexico” Academy Art U News, May 2018.

Yolanda Segura, Eukarya, Escultura de Angella Holguin, Eukarya, June, 2017.

Marja Godoy, Eukarya, Escultura de Angela Holguin, Eukarya, June, 2017

Horacio Warpola, Rastreando el Origen, Escultura de Angella Holguin Origen y Fuego, July, 2015.

Emmanuel Vizcaya, El Jardín Mineral, Escultura de Angella Holguin Origen y Fuego, July, 2015.

Antonio Castañeda Ortiz,  Origen y Fuego de Angella Holguin, Escultura de Angella Holguin Origen y Fuego, July, 2015.