Angelina Villalobos, pseudonym 179 grew up in Seattle, Washington within a mosaic of cultures and ideas. Having been raised Americanized Mexican Catholic, Angelina’s work mixes the iconography of Catholicism with pop culture to folklore. This union, influenced by being raised in the Pacific Northwest in the the 90’s is an intimate exemplification of her personal pursuit of understanding the world around her.
Angelina received her Associate of Applied Science from Seattle Central Community College Graphic Design Program in 2008, but discovered she liked the tangibleness of creating art by hand rather than the distant world of computers.
The inspiration for her body of work are stories humans have created to explain the unknown. Tales about animals and their wit especially peak her interest. Religion is also another way humans manifest what they observe. In combining these elements, Angelina creates a fairy-tale land filtered through the eyes of an anime and comic book lover.
179 has traveled to various cities doing art demonstrations, panel discussions and murals in hopes of broadening people’s perceptions of contemporary murals done with spray paint. Angelina has been featured interviews in periodicals and podcasts such as The Citrus Report Blog, City Arts Magazine, and Good Girls, Bad Words podcast.