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Rodolfo Morales
Room 3 - Collages, Posters Etc.

Biography - The guiding spirit of the Oaxaca School was Rodolfo Morales, born in 1925 in the dusty village of Ocotlan. A solitary child, he became a keen observer of the world around him, and early discovered his ability to draw. His parents sent him to study at the Academia de San Carlos in Mexico City . Upon receiving his degree he began a career of teaching art at the Escuela Nacional Preparatoria in Mexico City. Morales worked in relative obscurity until 1975, when Rufino Tamayo took notice of his first solo exhibition in Cuernavaca and introduced him to the world. The old Oaxaca master's support led to further shows in Mexico and Europe, to critical acclaim and in time to commercial success. In 1985 Morales was able to give up teaching and return to his home village of Ocotlan to paint full-time.

Rodolfo Morales at Indigo Arts Gallery.
March, 1997

Exhibitions - In recent years Morales' paintings have been widely exhibited in Europe and the United States. He was featured in the "Aspects of Contemporary Mexican Painting" show which originated at the Americas Society in New York in 1990, "Mito y Magia in America", at the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo in Monterrey, Mexico (1991) and Hechizo de Oaxaca in the Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico City (1992). He was included in the 1994 exhibition, "Myth and Magic: Oaxaca Past and Present", at the Palo Alto (California) Cultural Center. "Rodolfo Morales: Juegos y Evocaciones", a retrospective of Morales' work opened at the Mexican Museum in San Francisco in 1996 and toured the United States and Canada.In the spring of 1997 Rodolfo Morales joined us in Philadelphia for an exhibition of his work at Indigo Arts Gallery. In the Mexican tradition, Morales has also executed major mural commissions in public buildings in Oaxaca and Mexico City.

For all the international exposure, Morales' work remains firmly rooted in the life, landscape and mythology of his home village, ranging from the grand tableaux of his paintings and lithographs to the delicate but often humorous vignettes of his collages - constructed of silk, ribbons, lace, silver stars and assorted found labels. His collages also illustrate the children's book Angel's Kite, published by Children's Book Press. Well into his seventies, Morales used the fruits of his success to give back to the village and people which nurtured him. He established a foundation for the youth of Ocotlan, turned his home into a cultural center and financed the planting of trees and the restoration of the 16th century Dominican church in Ocotlan. The proceeds of many of the lithographs go to a fund for AIDS education in Oaxaca.

Rodolfo Morales passed away in January 2001. His obituary was published in the New York Times (click to read the obituary) on February 6, 2001.

El Perrito
Rodolfo Morales (Oaxaca, Mexico, 1925-2001),
Collage in original tin frame (13" x 9 1/2",)
c. 1990

SOLD 11/2005

La Musica
Rodolfo Morales (Oaxaca, Mexico, 1925-2001),
Collage in original tin frame (19" x 13 1/2"), c. 1990

SOLD 11/2005

Las Mujeres
Rodolfo Morales (Oaxaca, Mexico, 1925-2001),
Collage in original tin frame (image 13 1/2" x 19", frame 17 1/2" x 23"), c. 1989

Price on Request (framed)

SOLD 9/09

¡Vivan los Novios! (Newlyweds), #ROM3430J
Rodolfo Morales (Oaxaca, Mexico, 1925-2001),
Collage in tin frame (20x14), 1997

Price on Request (framed)

SOLD 10/03

Cat Man
Rodolfo Morales (Oaxaca, Mexico, 1925-2001),
Collage in original tin frame (20x14), 1993

Price on Request (framed)

Birds and Hands
Rodolfo Morales (Oaxaca, Mexico, 1925-2001),
Collage in original brass frame (frame has some damage) (20x14), c. 1985

Price on Request (framed)

Mujer con Perro
Rodolfo Morales (Oaxaca, Mexico, 1925-2001),
Collage (14" x 20") in original tin frame (17" x 23"), c.1997
Provenance: private collection. Originally purchased at Phoenix Gallery, Washington, DC.

$6500 (framed)

Morales Mexican Museum poster
Poster printed for the 1996-1997 Rodolfo Morales retrospective exhibition, "Juegos y Evocaciones"
Published by the Mexican Museum of San Francisco, CA
San Francisco, 1996
(24" x 18")


Morales poster
Rodolfo Morales (Oaxaca, Mexico),
Color print (11 1/4 x 14 1/4), c. 2000



Angel's Kite / La Estrella de Angel
Award-winning children's book based on Morales' own childhood in the village of Ocotlan
Text by Alberto Blanco
Illustrated by Rodolfo Morales,
Published by the Children's Book Press
San Francisco, 1994

$7.95 (paperback)

Morales Obituary
1400 North American St., #104 • Philadelphia, PA 19122
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