Rodolfo Morales, Ocotlan, Oaxaca, 1925-2001

Morales began to draw as a child and studied formally at the Academia de San Carlos in Mexico City from 1948 to 1953. Later, he taught drawing for many years at the Escuela Nacional Preparatoria in Mexico City. He is best known for vividly colored, dreamlike images that portray everyday peasant life.

“Nostalgia and melancholy are very important to me.” – Rodolfo Morales. He is celebrated as a prolific painter of Mexican village life who merged aspects of surrealism with magic realism. He often said he derived great satisfaction from watching others find something of themselves in his mystical settings. Until his death, he was considered one of the two greatest living Mexican artists.

Rodolfo’s artwork is in many collections including the Americas Society, New York; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Monterrey, México; the Palace of Fine Arts, Mexico City; and the Palo Alto Cultural Center, CA. Three retrospectives have also been held featuring his work at San Francisco’s Mexican Museum in 1996; The Contemporary Museum of Art in Oaxaca in 2005 and the Rodolfo Morales: Master of Dreams, organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Monterrey that travelled to Mexico City, Guadalajara, Bogotá, and Los Angeles, CA in 2006.