Angel Cabrales, from El Paso, received a BFA from Arizona State University and an MFA from the University of North Texas. He is the assistant professor in sculpture at the University of Texas at El Paso and a mentor in the Low Residency Master of Fine Arts Program for the School of Art Institute of Chicago. Cabrales has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions, including the International TransBorder Biennial in El Paso, Texas, and Juárez, Mexico; the Texas Biennial; the Sculpture Biennial at the Amarillo Museum of Art; MAC Dallas; Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum; the Latino Cultural Center of Dallas; and the Surreal Salon at Baton Rouge Gallery. He has also collaborated with the AMBOS Project (an intervention collaboration) out of Southern California. Cabrales is represented by the Ro2 Gallery in Dallas and the Royse Contemporary in Scottsdale, Arizona. Spurred by the present-day border crisis, he raised over $7,000 for Annunciation House in El Paso to assist refugee families and children released from the detention center in Tornillo, Texas.
Cabrales views everything as an artistic resource and draws from extensive experience with a variety of mediums and styles, including the intangibles of his upbringing, to expand his work with the requirements of each new idea. The artwork’s concept ultimately dictates the medium needed for its creation, so artistic evolution is intrinsic in his philosophy.