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Jesús Moroles

Jesús Moroles

American, 1950 - 2015

Jesús Moroles was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, in 1950. He received a BFA from North Texas State University in 1978, then apprenticed with sculptor Luis Jiménez in El Paso in 1978-1979. He next spent a year working in Pietrasanta, Italy, a Tuscan town near the renowned Carrara marble quarries favored by Michelangelo, and many other artists, since the 15th century. Upon his return to the United States, Moroles embarked on his sculptural work with granite, for which he has become widely known. In 1983 he established his studio in Rockport, Texas, where he continues to be based today. Moroles has been a steady presence in New Mexico over the years, exhibiting regularly at galleries in Santa Fe beginning in 1980. In 1985 he bought the former Cerrillos school properties, including an old gymnasium, and in 1996 established the Cerrillos Cultural Center, a studio and performance/exhibition space where he would invite international artists to work and exhibit in the summer months. (Addison 2013)