Short bio - 2019
A native of Dallas, TX, Angela Faz is a socially engaged artist focusing on creating community through printmaking. Their studio practice of focus involves relief printmaking, monotypes, and silkscreen. As a printmaker for over twenty years, in 2019, Faz founded Radical Love Art Collective to prioritize activists, migrant, women, queer, trans artists, and artists of color with a skill-share art model of creative response tools needed to do what they do best. Faz believes that empowering activists and artists committed to culture work in the Dallas community will lead to long-term cultural change. Angela Faz is also a commissioner for District 14 until September when Blewett begins his two year term.
Faz holds a B.A in Visual Communications from Collins College in Tempe, Arizona and uses their years in the trenches of corporate marketing to advance community groups engaged in liberation work in Dallas. Faz has been behind the scenes since 2005 in groups like Art Conspiracy as an executive team member and recently in community with Mother’s Against Police Brutality.
Long Bio - 2016
Born and raised in West Dallas, Angela Faz learned early to be resourceful, and from that sprang a talent for discovering and creating art no matter where life took her: her girlhood kitchen table in West Dallas, a gas station in Phoenix, a folk musician’s four-door Mazda-turned-touring-bus zooming across the country, the marketing department of a TV evangelist, a farm in Vermont, a high-rise office building surrounded by the trappings of corporate America.
As a queer Latina from Texas, Angela found that art helped her imagine a different, bigger future for herself. Her love for art started early when she began recycling tempera construction paper creations into new works in elementary school. Then followed four years at Dallas arts magnet school, where she discovered a passion for printmaking in Polly Diskey’s class while listening to Pink Floyd. The influence of Booker T.’s tight-knit and ethnically diverse culture continues to be a catalyst for her work with race, place and gender. After high school, Angela hit the bricks. Destination: Everywhere, U.S.A.
Over the next several years, she picked up invaluable experiences and a colorful assortment of odd jobs — among them Whole Foods cashier, cigar shop clerk and sheetrock repairer — that paid for rent and art supplies. But by the early 2000s, she knew it was time to get serious. In 2002, she packed her belongings neatly into a recycled produce box and moved to Phoenix to attend Collins College, where she majored in visual communication and minored in graphic design.
After completing her bachelor’s degree in 2005, Angela moved back to Dallas. While working day jobs as a designer, she steadily built her presence in the city’s art world at night, and in 2009 presented her first solo show, Denomination, at the Magnolia Theater. She also became heavily involved in Art Conspiracy, a Dallas-based nonprofit group that strives to unite artists and musicians and encourage regional creative programs and causes. She dedicated herself fully to the group’s mission, including serving as an executive board member for many years.
In 2009 year, Angela packed up her bags and chased a girl — now her wife — to Vermont. There, while reveling in the joy of experiencing four distinct seasons (and developing an even greater fondness for maple syrup) she organized the Vision, an exhibition featuring 20 New England female artists’ work that benefited the Women's Freedom Center. She then spent TK glorious years in Portland, Oregon, where she joined the Flight 64 printmaking collective and began making monotypes again. It was there that she designed and prototyped Smart's SmartCentral application center, an experience that ignited her passion for user-centric design. Angela returned to Dallas in 2012 to be closer to her parents.
Over the years, her corporate work had introduced her to user experience design. She took quickly to the discipline, which blends her empathy for people with her keen artistic eye and which she’s honed at such companies as American Airlines, Trend Micro and AT&T. Angela loves the challenge of finding beautiful ways to solve 9-to-5 problems, but her nights and weekends belong to pure art. Still an active member of Art Conspiracy, she donates her time raising awareness for and participating in the group’s events, such as the annual Visual Speedbump tour, where she debuted her fabulous Flamicorn — a whimsical flamingo-unicorn hybrid decoration.
That whimsy informs many of Angela’s pieces, which include explorations of gender and culture identity and are inspired by pop-culture, graffiti, and music. Though her medium of choice is printmaking, she also has created powerful pieces using typography, illustration, animation and sculpture. Her work has appeared in dozens of exhibitions across the country. She’s been featured in shows hosted by Kettle Art and Latino Cultural Center in Dallas, and venues beyond Dallas include the Monotype Guild Exhibition at the Attleboro Arts Museum, Hooker-Dunham Gallery in Brattleboro Vermont and Tracey Gallery in Portland, Oregon, among others. And in 2016, she was selected for two juried exhibitions, Hecho En Dallas and the 4th National Monotype Juried Exhibition at Attleboro Arts Museum in Massachusetts.
Always a student, she is currently exploring metal art in Scott Trent’s consortium in the Cedars. She lives in Dallas’ Oak Cliff neighborhood with her wife, Courtney, their two fabulous cats and one heart-meltingly cute dog.