Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, Argentine artist, Ernesto Morales was the firstborn of three children. Not long after he learned to walk was he possessed with the fever of expression.
Ernesto, still a child, began painting “magic people. Drawing inspiration from both the corporeal world and his imagined reality, his art started to involve strange, mystical figures embedded in dreamlike landscapes, each composed with inferior tools. These surreal imaginings were so beyond his young age that his parents soon enrolled him in a Fine Arts academy for adolescents as a means of ‘taming’ his wild imagination.
Although formally trained in Fine Arts from that point on, it was only during his University years that he was educated on the old painting techniques of his predecessors. Loyal to his surroundings that serve as both his muse and mentor, he chooses to make his paints from scratch, a gruelling process that involves extracting colour pigments from plants and grinding them with oils. This primitive, hands-on process deepens his spiritual relationship with his art; incidentally, the richness of his colours also last longer compared to artificially created paints.
Professionally, Ernesto Morales began exhibiting his work as early as 18 and was immediately embraced, earning early acclaim. His raw talent alone has sailed his work around the world (namely, Spain, France, Italy, Germany and Singapore).
In 2010, a critical year in the artist’s career, Morales had the rare privilege of holding two major retrospective exhibitions at the Buenos Aires Museum of Contemporary Art and Scuderia di Palazzo Santa Croce, Rome, respectively.
In 2011, he set up another studio in Genoa, Italy, where he held another large solo exhibition and lived for a year. All the works he created during this time celebrated the bicentennial of his Argentinean culture, which he actively champions to date.
After Genoa, he moved to Turin where he currently lives and paints in the privacy of his studio.