Carlos Amorales

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Carlos Amorales
Carlos Amorales Studio.jpg
Carlos Amorales 2011 in his studio in Mexico City
Born 1970[1]
Mexico City[1]
Nationality Mexican[1]
Known for Performance art, Animation, Painting, Drawing, Sculpture[1]

Carlos Amorales (born 1970) is a Mexican artist who works and lives in Mexico City.


Amorales studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam from 1992 to 1996.[1]


Amorales works in a variety of media, including video animation, painting, drawing, sculpture, and performance. Much of his work examines contemporary Mexican culture and values.[1]

Since 1998, Amorales has been building his "Liquid Archive", a digital database of his drawings in the form of vector graphics which he uses produce visual compositions in various media.[2][3] The graphics, birds, spiders, trees, kneeling figures in blacks, reds, and grays reappear throughout his work and provide his signature style.[2][3] In 2007, Amorales lent his "Liquid Archive" to the Dutch graphic design duo Mevis & Van Deursen (Armand Mevis and Linda van Deursen) who collaborated with Amorales to produce the book "Carlos Amorales: Liquid Archive, Why Fear The Future".[4]

His earlier works featured masked Mexican wrestlers performing in wrestling rings throughout the world, including at the Tate Modern in London and the Pompidou Center in Paris. His latest animation piece, Useless Wonder (2006) was shown at the Miami Basel art fair. Recently, Amorales has had solo exhibitions at the MALBA in Buenos Aires, the Milton Keynes Gallery in Milton Keynes UK, Yvon Lambert Paris, the MUCA in Mexico City, the Philadelphia Museum of Art.[1]

His exhibition Discarded Spider, toured at the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati,[5] The Orange County Museum of Art.[6]

The artist's work is featured in many public and private collections, including the MoMA in New York, La Colección Jumex in Mexico City, the Cisneros Foundation Collection in New York, the Margulies Collection in Miami and the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin. He is represented in Paris and New York by Yvon Lambert Gallery.[7] and in Mexico Citu by kurimanzutto.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "About the Artist". Philadelphia Museum of Art. Retrieved 2010-07-25. 
  2. ^ a b "Carlos Amorales: Dark Mirror". Irish Museum of Modern Art. Retrieved 2010-07-25. 
  3. ^ a b "Philadelphia Museum of Art – Exhibitions". Philadelphia Museum of Art. Retrieved 2010-07-25. 
  4. ^ "Carlos Amorales: Liquid Archive – Why Fear The Future? – Art". Published Art Bookshop. Retrieved 2010-07-25. 
  5. ^ "Cincinnati". Contemporary Arts Center. Retrieved 2010-07-25. 
  6. ^ "Orange County Museum of Art". Retrieved 2010-07-25. 
  7. ^ "Haber's Art Reviews: Urs Fischer, Carlos Amorales, and Mike Nelson". Retrieved 2010-07-25. 

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