Brooklyn, New York
Margaret Evangeline is a contemporary painter, sculptor, and installation artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
Born in 1943 in Baton Rouge, Evangeline absorbed the rural traditions passed down to her by her Cajun grandfather who taught her the ways of the family farm.
At age twenty, Evangeline married and relocated to Big Spring, Texas. They began their family and Evangeline raised her three children while moving throughout the United States before returning to the South where she settled in New Orleans. Painting remained in the background of her life throughout this journey, but her nascent artistic career truly took root at this time and dreams of an arts career on the East coast emerged. In 1978 she became the first female recipient of an MFA in Fine Arts from the University of New Orleans.
After completing her degree Evangeline made her way to New York where she began her career as a renowned contemporary artist. She began exhibiting at Galerie Simonne Stern and pioneered the first fine arts program at Delgado Community College.
In New York Evangeline developed her interest in using unconventional and aesthetically resistant materials in her work. She began creating large-scale abstract oil paintings on canvas, layering crystallina, flocking, and other cultural detritus with her oil paints. It is this technique that has come to define her formal practice.