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 elements of her upbringing and merges them with graffiti, anime, folklore, and fairytales to create a very unique style exclusive to the Pacific Northwest. 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. Through her platform of public art and community outreach, Angelina leads workshops creating art in communities throughout Seattle. She has worked with organizations such as Urban Artworks, The Seattle Opera, and Seattle Public Library guiding youth to create works of art that contribute to their neighborhoods.
Angelina’s work has been featured for campaigns including International Women’s Day for The Microsoft Store and the launch of their Surface Pro. Recently 179 traveled to Russia as a cultural ambassador teaching street art and muralism for a US funded program called Next Level USA. Angelina’s work is featured in Seattle’s largest mural collection called Sodo Track and has been interviewed for several online and paper periodicals.