Angel Velasco was born in San Andrés Huaxpaltepec, Oaxaca. His parents were farm workers and from a very young age instilled a pride and interest in the culture and tradition of his family and the origin of his roots, the Mixtec culture. In his teenage years he won 3rd place in a painting competion which gave him the confidence to move to Oaxaca City to perdure his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Benito Juárez Autonomous University of Oaxaca. Here he studied under the master wood cut printmaker Shinzaburo Takeda and painter Raúl Herrera. In 2010 he won a scholarship to study at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in the National School of Fine Arts (ENAP) where he concentrated on the traditional disciplines of printmaking.
Winning different awards along the way, Angel concentrates on the strong printmaking tradition of Oaxaca as his medium of choice and his subjects, though modern and bold always reflect the love of his Mixtec roots and the Fauna and Flora found in this region of Mexico. As one of the youngest printmakers working out of Oaxaca’s “Tallers Graficas” Angel’s work and career is one to keep an eye on.