Carlos Amorales (Mexico City, 1970) lives and works in Mexico City.
He is a multidisciplinary artist who studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy and the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. He has participated in residencies with Atelier Calder, Saché, France (2012); Mac/Val, Val-de-Marne, France (2011); and the Smithsonian Artists Research Fellowship, Washington, D.C. (2010).
Amorales works in a variety of media, including video, animation, painting, drawing, sculpture, and performance. Much of his work explores the limits of language and translation systems to venture into the field of cultural experimentation. He uses graphic production as a tool to develop linguistic structures and alternative working models that allow new forms of interpretation and foster collectivity. In his projects, Amorales examines identity construction processes, proposes a constant re signification of forms present in his work, and provokes a clash between art and pop culture.
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. The graphics, birds, spiders, trees, kneeling figures in blacks, reds, and grays reappear throughout his work and provide his signature style. 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".
His early works also featured masked Mexican wrestlers inspired by the Lucha libre performing in wrestling rings throughout the world. In 2003, the wrestling performance Amorales v. Amorales was staged at the Tate Modern in London, the Pompidou Center in Paris and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. His 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 MUAC in Mexico City, the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
In 2008, his exhibition Discarded Spider toured at the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati. For this show, Amorales also staged a performance with the Cincinnati Ballet.
In 2015, his work Triangle Constellation was installed in the Calderwood courtyard of the Harvard University Art Museums.
He has numerous solo exhibitions as Black Cloud, Power Plant, (Toronto, 2015); El Esplendor Geométrico, Kurimanzutto (México, 2015), Germinal, Museo Tamayo (México, 2013); Nuevos Ricos, Kunsthalle Fridericianum (Kassel, 2010); Four Animations, Five Drawings and a Plague, Philadelphia Museum of Art (2008); Discarded Spider, Cincinnati Art Center (2008), to mention a few.
Amorales has exhibited in many solo and group exhibitions, including:Germinal, Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City (2013)
Four Animations, Five Drawings, and a Plague, Philadelphia Museum of Art (2008)
50th Venice Biennale, Dutch Pavilion (2003)
PERFORMA07, New York (2007)
Martian Museum of Terrestrial Art, Barbican Centre (2008)
Manifesta 9 (2012)
Sharjah Biennial 11 (2013)
Liverpool Biennial (2014)
The artist's work is featured in many public collections, including:MoMA,New York
Guggenheim Museum, New York
La Colección Jumex, Mexico City
Cisneros Foundation Collection, New York
Margulies Collection, Miami
Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia
Museo Tamayo, Mexico City
Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam
Amorales is represented by kurimanzutto in Mexico City.