Eloy Morales

Eloy Morales

Spain 1973

Hyperrealism, Photorealism


Eloy Morales
Eloy Morales
July 29, 2016
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If you’re convinced that you are watching photos, think twice. Eloy Morales is an artist with extraordinary talent to convey the impression of photographic reality through his hyper-realistic oil paintings. Choosing the canvases larger than life, he pays a special attention to detail, patiently working in small pieces at the same time, filling in pigment and blending the paints making the painting spreading and growing instead of successive building by layering. This Spanish artist’s favorite theme is self-portrait usually close-up face colored with various types of mediums.

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Eloy Morales – Head Number One, 2014 (Left) / Susana with Butterflies, 2015 (Right)

Face Painting as Reflection of Emotion

Morales was born in 1973, in Madrid, Spain. He started experimenting and exploring the world of painting when he was four years old, but his serious practice of his craft began in 1995. With unbelievable precision, the artist patiently works on different parts at a time and creates almost exact copies of his subjects on fairly large canvases. He fills in pigment and blends, constantly evaluating tones and tonal transitions, so that the portrait spreads and grows. It can take him over a month to finish one piece if he works eight hours a day. His paintings are predominantly self-portraits, which depict himself smeared with different types of color. If the subject is not himself, the paintings portray his family members and friends. With his works, Morales tries to bring out psychological characteristics of his subjects and convey a sense of emotion, not just make a photograph-like portrait centered around physical aspects.

If the subject is not himself, the paintings portray his family member or friend

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Eloy Morales – David 1, 2015

Portrait Painter of Realistic Paintings

Still, the artist himself accentuates that his approach is not that simple that everything could be explained in detail, but the constant evaluation of tones, their transition, and avoidance of the abrupt cuts where the detail is only implemented part. Not supporting the labels, Morales thinks that the artist can’t choose the style in advance, considering the fact that he needs years of practice to comprehend himself. He says that he creates conceptual self-portraits that are the reflection of his complex relationship with the paint. His devotion and passion for painting require a lot of discipline and privacy in the studio that must be separated from home. Always feeling a special interest for the image, the artist respects its unlimited power to evoke emotions and different moods, trying to exploit this feature as much as possible.

His show About Head, held at Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York in 2015, was his debut solo presentation to the American audience. This series of 14 works, of which three self-portraits depicting Morales’ face covered in paint, represents the extension of his favorite theme with an accent on the engagement with the psychological aspect of his subjects through the communicative power of the gaze. Although the photographs have a great role in his creative process, he never intends to copy the image but to use it as documentary support for verifying limits of surpassed reality. Believing in the infinite possibilities of images, he always strives not to exceed the line where reality coexist in natural form with his inner world. Through the precise portrayal of the human head, he shows extraordinary talent to move away from realism into the further realm of abstraction, drawing the viewer into the world of expanded consciousness and twisted perception of reality.

Eloy Morales often depicts his face covered in paint

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Eloy Morales – Paintin My Head Number 10, 2014 (Left) / Paintin My Head Number 11, 2014 (Right)

Realizing the Dream

Despite the bizarre style of his depictions, Morales avoids tagging and putting into the frames of one style. His unique visual language reflects his inner world and although connected to the human heads, his expression strictly talks of senses with no physical aspects. Mostly creating hyper-realistic portraits rendered in oil on canvas and pencil on paper, the artist has been exhibited in galleries worldwide, from France, Spain, and the United Kingdom to Mexico, the United States, and South Korea. His work is included in some of the largest collections of realist art. Feeling liberated looking at his finished work, the artist decided to follow his ambition to paint every day, realizing his childhood dream.

Eloy Morales lives and works in Madrid, Spain.

Featured image: The artist in front of his artwork – Image via thesuperslice.com
All other images courtesy of Jonathan LeVine Gallery

YearExhibition TitleGallery/VenueSolo/Group
2015ABOUT HEADJonathan Levine gallery, New YorkSolo
2015Stroke Art FairFlash gallery ,Múnich,GermanynGroup
2015Art.FairFlash gallery, Cologne, GermanyGroup
2015The UnitLondon gallery, LondonGroup
201518 miradas a la realidadMuseo Etnografico de Artziniega, SpainGroup
2014BASED ON ACTUAL EVENTSJonathan Levine gallery,New YorkGroup
2014FIXATIONZhou B Art Center, ChicagoGroup
2013REALISMO 2013Galeria Santiago Echeberria, MadridGroup
2013MADE IN SPAINGaleria Santiago Echeberria, MadridGroup
2013THE NAKED TRUTHPlus One gallery, LondresGroup
2013ART FAIR HONG KONGStand galeria Jorge AlcoleaGroup
2012REALISMO 2012Galeria Santiago EcheberriaGroup
201210 pintores realistasGaleria Jorge AlcoleaGroup
2012FASHION VICTIMSGaleria Santiago EcheberriaGroup
2012ART MADRIDStand galeria Jorge AlcoleaGroup
2012FERIARTEStand galeria Jorge AlcoleaGroup
2012ART FAIR HONG KONGStand galeria Jorge AlcoleaGroup
2012COLECTIVA DE VERANOGaleria Miquel AlzuetaGroup
20125 EN REALIDADGaleria Espacio NoldeGroup
2011COLORGalería Santiago EcheberríanGroup
2011ART MADRIDStand galería Santiago EcheberríanGroup
2011REALISMO 2011Galería Santiago EcheberríanGroup
2011ART FAIR HONG KONGStand galería Jorge AlcoleanGroup
2011NO SECRET FOR THE PSYCHEGalería Lemniscate, TolousenGroup
2010REALISMO 2010Galeria Santiago Echeberria, MadridGroup
201010 PINTORES REALISTASGaleria Jorge Alcolea, MadridGroup
2010ENTORNOSGaleria Santiago Echeberria, MadridGroup
2010CITA CON EL GRABADOEspacio de arte Cervantes 6, OviedoGroup
2010LES REALISTES ESPAGNOLSGalería Tamenaga, ParísnGroup
2010EL ARTE DEL GOLFGalería Santiago Echeberría, MadridnGroup
2010ART TAIPEI, TaiwanStand galería Jorge AlcoleanGroup
2010KIAF 2010 INTERNATIONAL ART FAIRKorea, Jorge AlcoleaGroup
2010CASA DE LA MONEDAFundación de las artes y los artistas, MadridnGroup
2010TOROS Y TOREROS VGalería Jorge Alcolea, MadridnGroup
2010AHAF ASIA TOP GALLEY HOTELStand galería Jorge AlcoleanGroup
2008OBRA 2006-2008Galería Ansorena, MadridnSolo
2006ELOY MORALESGalería Nolde, Navacerrada, MadridnSolo
2003A PARTIR DE LA CABEZAGalería Horrach Moyá, Palma de MallorcanSolo
2003PEQUEÑO FORMATOnGalería Nolde, Navacerrada, MadridnSolo
2001ELOY MORALES 001Galería Horrach Moyá, Palma de MallorcanSolo
2000ABRIL DE 2000Galería Nolde, Navacerrada, MadridnSolo
1995DIBUJOS-PINTURASGalería Balboa 13 MadridnSolo