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201 W. Mifflin Street
Madison, WI

Artist-in-Residence: Richie Morales

Richie Morales

May + June 2017

MEET THE ARTIST

OPEN STUDIO TIMES WITH RICHIE MORALES is Every Monday - Thursday from 6-8:30pm (May & June) in the bubbler room at Madison Public Library (Central Library Ground Floor)

ARTIST STATEMENT

To paint I inquire the present, the memory and history because I am convinced that we can only heal that which we are willing to see.

The present that we know and suffer is impregnated of social fear and privatized violence. This deforming environment permeates all daily actions in this time of consumerist rushes, selfies, social media and virtual solidarities.

I paint with the intensity of a scream to crack open calluses of insensitivity and oblivion, to nail puncture effervescent bubbles of privilege and overconsumption.

My paintings come precisely from those forgotten realities, rather those systematically denied, those from which one cannot have the luxury to escape hardships and often feel condemned to live and suffer them.

I paint what I see and feel to make others see and feel, to provoke a sort of stumble that takes us out of our comfort, whatever this might be, and brings us closer as more aware human beings to hopefully not to continue incessantly reproducing so much suffering in the world.

DECLARACIÓN ARTÍSTICA

Al pintar indago en el presente, en la memoria y en la historia porque estoy convencido que solamente podremos sanar aquello que estemos dispuestos a mirar.

El presente que conocemos y padecemos está impregnado de miedos sociales y violencias privatizadas. Este clima deformante envuelve todos los actos de la vida cotidiana en esta época de prisas consumistas, selfies, redes sociales y solidaridades virtuales.

Pinto con la intensidad de un grito para resquebrajar los callos de la insensibilidad y la indiferencia, para pinchar con las uñas las burbujas efervescentes de privilegios y consumos excesivos.

Mis pinturas vienen precisamente de aquellas realidades olvidadas, o mejor dicho sistemáticamente negadas, aquellas desde las que no podemos darnos el lujo de escapar de las crudezas de la realidad y a menudo nos sentimos condenados a vivirlas y sufrirlas.

Pinto lo que veo y siento para hacer ver y sentir, provocar algún tipo de zancadilla que nos saque de nuestra comodidad, sea la que sea, para acercarnos como seres humanos más conscientes y con la esperanza de no seguir incesantemente reproduciendo tanto sufrimiento en el mundo.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Born in Guatemala, Richie Morales is a self-taught painter with a deep appreciation for Madison as his second home.

He is moved to portray those invisibilized by the deforming and painful impact of social, environmental and economic violence across the world. Perhaps it is so because he himself develops his art under such circumstances to this date. He started to explore painting as a child while working in trades of wood and construction work to support his family.

His mother noticed this passion and put together a home-made encyclopedia of art reusing different articles from magazines she could find around as she worked as a public teacher in rural areas. He cherishes this gift as the door that introduced him to the work of self made painters such as Picasso, Van Gogh, Basquiat, Francis Bacon, Botero and Frida Kahlo.

From an early age, Richie lived with folks from diverse socioeconomic, race and ethnic realities and has felt both, privilege and oppression close to his heart. This has sharpened his sensitivity for power dynamics and the profound need for unconditional love wherever he goes.

He has been an artist fellow at Vermont Studio Center, and an artist in residence for Centro Hispano of Dane County. Richie has exhibited paintings at galleries and community organizations in Guatemala and the United States.

ACERCA DEL ARTISTA

Nacido en Guatemala, Richie Morales es un pintor autodidacta con un profundo cariño por Madison como su segundo hogar.

Le inspira retratar aquellos invisibilizados por el deformante y doloroso impacto de la violencia social, ambiental y económica alrededor del mundo. Tal vez porque él mismo desarrolla su arte bajo estas circunstancias, comenzó a explorar la pintura de niño entre oficios de carpintería y construcción que desarrollaba para apoyar a su familia.

Su madre notando esta pasión le armó un enciclopedia hecha en casa re-usando artículos de revistas que encontraba alrededor trabajando como maestra pública de áreas rurales. Richie atesora este regalo como la puerta que lo introdujo al trabajo de pintores autodidactas como Picasso, Van Gogh, Francis Bacon, Basquiat, Botero and Frida Kahlo.

Desde una edad temprana, Richie ha convivido con personas de diversas realidades socioeconómicas, raciales y étnicas y ha sentido ambos, privilegio y opresión, cerca en su corazón. Esto le ha permitido desarrollar una sensibilidad por las dinámicas de poder y la profunda necesidad de amor incondicional donde sea que vaya.

Ha sido artista becado del Vermont Studio Center, y artista en residencia para el Centro Hispano del Condado de Dade. Richie ha exhibido en galerías y organizaciones comunitarias en Guatemala y Estados Unidos.