Time and Space
Norman Morales (Guatemala, 1979) is a visual artist, co-founder of the collective La Torana and Taller Experimental de Gráfica de Guatemala. He studied Architecture at the University of San Carlos in Guatemala and Engraving at the School of Painting, Sculpture and Engraving La Esmeralda, Mexico City.
His work travels in the paths of painting, drawing and sculpture. However, the result does not always respect the traditional concepts of each of these fields. His work is distinguished by his analytical capacity, where the rational and the neatness of his pieces prevail, where “everything is order”. Morales reflects on the space in which accumulated experience and the permanence of the future converge. To this end, he takes up architecture as a way of speaking about construction from a broader perspective, linked to the idea of “being in time”, the idea presence. Each building or work can be understood as a device of collective identity, where Culture itself is represented. Each work leaves a constant, an orientation in space and time, making the world something visible and spatial, a space where we see ourselves reflected. They can also be a specific identification of a place, and that is where time serves as a union between two fundamental parameters: nature and artifice, where we find an unquestionable relationship and dependence between construction and the social, moral and ethical ideals forged through History.
After the success of his participation in several editions of the ARCO fair (Galería Rafael Ortiz, 2017 and 2018), Morales returns to Spain in 2019 for his first solo exhibition in Europe. In this exhibition, he presents his most recent works, including two installations created in situ for the gallery space.
Morales has carried out numerous individual and collective exhibitions in different institutional and private spaces in Guatemala, Costa Rica, USA, Ecuador, Peru, Mexico, Honduras and Dominican Republic, among others. His works are present in public and private collections in Spain and in several countries in South and Central America.