1970 · Mexico
CARLOS AMORALES (1970, Mexico City, Mexico) has been working on compiling an archive of images since his early artistic projects. His imagery combines contemporary sub-culture, traditional crafts, popular culture and conceptual art. Having grown up in both settings he painlessly moves between Mexican and European iconography creating his very own aesthetics. His narratives, based on art historic research as well as on personal experiences, often carry an unsettling, daemonic undertone. In the late 1990'ies Amorales started out with setting up Wrestling performances, such as are wildly popular in contemporary Mexico, at leading museums such as the Tate Modern, MOMA San Francisco and Centre Pompidou among others. In 2003 his work turned to vector drawing, digital animations and videos, carried out in collaboration with graphic designers and musicians. In 2004 he started the discographic project Nuevos Ricos in collaboration with Julian Lede (musician). Recent projects circled around the 1985 earthquake in Mexico City.
Carlos Amorales attended the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam continuing his studies at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in the same City. Recent solo exhibitions include the Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome (I), Museo Amparo, Puebla (MEX), Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art (ISR), Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel (BRD), the Cincinnati Art Center (USA) and the Philadelphia Art Museum (USA) among many others. His work is part of important collections as the Tate Modern (London), The Museum of Modern Art (New York), Daros-Latinoamerica (Zurich), Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), Museum Boijmaans van Beunigen (Rotterdam) and Fundación/Colección Jumex (Mexico).
Since 2008 Carlos Amorales is tutor of the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten Amsterdam as well as a member of the National System of Art Creators (Mexico).