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Ernesto Morales

Montevideo, 1974

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The Italo-Argentinian artist Ernesto Morales was born in 1974 in Montevideo, Uruguay, and began his career in Buenos Aires where he lived until 2006 and then moved to Europe. After a first period in Paris he established his studio in Italy, initially in Rome and from 2011 in Turin.

During the training period in Buenos Aires, in 1999 he obtained the title of Professor of Fine Arts and in 2005 he obtained a Doctorate in Visual Arts from the Universidad de Bellas Artes. From 1999 to 2006 he taught Painting and History of Art at the Universidad de Buenos Aires and held the position of Director of the Academia de Bellas Artes de Buenos Aires. His artistic career has led him in the last twenty years to carry out exhibitions in museums and art galleries in many countries, including the United States, Italy, France, Germany, Spain, Hungary, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and Uruguay. He has participated in many international fairs and between 2009 and 2015 he institutionally represented the Governments of Italy, Argentina and Uruguay with a series of important solo exhibitions held in various museums. Since 2013, he has regularly exhibited in the United States and in Southeast Asia. In 2014 he participated in important exhibitions in Singapore, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur, and in 2015 he was protagonist of an important solo show in New York City at the General Consulate of the Republic of Argentina. In 2019 he took part in the 58th edition of La Biennale di Venezia, with the exhibition "Heat".  And, in the same year, after the exhibition “Mindscapes”, held at the Consulate General of Argentina in New York, the catalogue of the series Clouds was acquired by MET - Metropolitan museum of Art di New York.

In recent years, many monographic volumes have been published dedicated to his work, including: “Memoria dell’impermanenza” (Cuneo – New York, 2019), “Il Tempo della Distanza” (Genoa, 2010), “The invisible bridges” (Singapore, 2014), “Traces of memory” (New York, 2015), “The day as the night” (Turin, 2015), “Distance” (Milan, 2016), “Aurum” (Milan, 2017), “Mari migrants “(Rapallo, 2012).

The artistic research of Ernesto Morales is characterized by a strong commitment aimed at investigating issues related to impermanence, memory and distance through the pictorial elaboration of both elements drawn from nature captured in their symbolic dimension, and dreamlike urban landscapes enveloped by silence of metaphysical atmospheres. He lives and works in Turin.