Angela de la Cruz is one of the nominees up for the Turner Prize 2010, which will be announced later today at the Tate Britain Museum. Originally a Spanish artist, de la Cruz moved to London back in 1989, where she studied at the Chealsea College of Art. She's been living in England since.
Her approach to her work is one that is rare: De la Cruz likes to summon the idea of humor into her artistic expression--challenging the rules and traditions of painting and paintings by portraying the canvas as living and perhaps thinking objects behaving as humans--with a variety of conditional emotions. She refers to these renderings as, "Paintings behaving badly."
In 2005 de la Cruz suffered a brain hemorrhage and went under a coma for several months, during which she gave birth to a daughter (a very Pedro Almodovarian story indeed). Although the conceptual artist is still slow in recovery, she had her fist solo show at the Camden Art Centre this year, and is now--today, awaiting the results of her Turner Prize nomination. For more on the artist's concepts and techniques have a watch at the her profile below.