Angela de la Cruz interviewed for The Gentlewoman
9 May 2020
Beneath the mangled surfaces, twisted shapes and searing colours of Angela de la Cruz's paintings is a rollicking sense of humour, something the 55-year-old Spanish artist believes is integral to survival – and living in London. A wheelchair user since a stroke in 2005 – she works remotely with a team of six assistants to realise her wondrous visions – Angela’s ascent has not been without its complications. But for the La Coruña-born, Slade-educated artist, a love of slapstick, an insatiable curiosity and regular double shots of espresso are the stuff creative ingenuity is made of.
The Gentlewoman spoke to Angela de la Cruz about her daily rituals and current projects – "I’m using this time to think and prepare. In a funny way it’s going to turn out to be a very fertile period for artists. Freed from conventions, you can begin to think about the fundamentals. So I’m spending a lot of my time working on the computer at home, researching new ideas and reading everything from Carlos Fuentes to Heat magazine."
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Portrait by Ione Saizar