Mariangeles Soto-Diaz activates the critical potential of abstraction, using its formal language to articulate social and political issues, including gender. In 2011 her work was included in the exhibition "An Exchange with Sol Lewitt" at MASS MoCA. Other highlights for this year include curating a show at Soho20 Gallery in NY titled "Gifting Abstraction," in which she conceived a gesture of hope for the economic recession by setting up a temporary gifting economy within the exhibition. At the Staging Gallery at the University of Iowa she created an installation of new black monochrome paintings addressing the increasing violence in her native country of Venezuela. She also has an essay in a forthcoming book on motherhood and art edited by Rachel Epp Buller and published by Ashgate Press, and was invited to present at "Share and Stakeholders," a feminist symposium at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles sponsored by The Feminist Art Project and held in conjunction with the College Art Association conference. Soto-Diaz holds an MFA from Claremont Graduate University and an MA from the School of Critical Studies at the California Institute of the Arts. She is represented by the Ruth Bachofner Gallery in Los Angeles and by the Soho20 Gallery in New York City. Her writings have been published in peer-reviewed academic journals such as Meridians: Journal of Feminism, Transnationalism and Culture, Postcolonial Studies, and Contemporary Aesthetics.

Former Fellow
2011 to 2012