Eloy Morales

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Painting by Eloy Morales

Eloy Morales: Hyperrealism’s Masterful Brushstrokes and Introspective Portraits

Eloy Morales is a contemporary Spanish artist known for his hyperrealistic paintings. Born in 1973 in Madrid, Morales has gained international recognition for his meticulous attention to detail and technical mastery. His works often blur the line between reality and art, creating a profound sense of realism that captivates viewers.

Painting by Eloy Morales
Painting by Eloy Morales

Morales’ hyperrealistic portraits are particularly acclaimed, showcasing his ability to capture every nuance of the human face with astounding precision. His paintings often feature close-up views that magnify imperfections, textures, and expressions, inviting viewers to contemplate the intricacies of the human form.

Painting by Eloy Morales
Painting by Eloy Morales

One of Morales’ notable series includes his self-portraits, where he turns the lens on himself, exploring the aging process and the emotions that come with it. These self-portraits not only demonstrate his technical prowess but also offer a deeply personal and introspective dimension to his work.

The artist’s dedication to realism goes beyond mere replication, as he infuses his subjects with a sense of vulnerability and humanity. Morales’ paintings invite viewers to engage in a dialogue with the subjects, prompting reflections on identity, perception, and the passage of time.

Painting by Eloy Morales
Painting by Eloy Morales

Dive into Eloy Morales’s hyperrealism—captivating portraits, meticulous brushstrokes, and a dialogue with identity and time.

Eloy Morales is renowned for his hyperrealistic painting technique, a style that has made him stand out in the contemporary art scene. Here’s a breakdown of his technique, style, artistic history, and notable shows up to that point:

Technique and Style:

  1. Hyperrealism: Morales is celebrated for his mastery of hyperrealism, a genre that demands meticulous attention to detail and an ability to create works that closely resemble high-resolution photographs.
  2. Brushwork and Texture: His paintings reveal a superb command of brushwork, capturing textures such as skin, fabric, and other surfaces with remarkable precision. Morales’ technique involves layering paint to achieve a three-dimensional effect.
  3. Portraiture: Morales often focuses on portraiture, creating incredibly lifelike depictions of individuals. His subjects, whether self-portraits or others, display a profound level of realism that goes beyond traditional representation.

Artistic History:

  1. Early Years: Born in 1973 in Madrid, Morales studied Fine Arts at the Complutense University of Madrid. His early artistic explorations eventually led him to hyperrealism.
  2. Evolution of Style: Morales has shown a consistent evolution in his style, particularly in his exploration of self-portraiture. His self-portraits are not only technical marvels but also serve as introspective examinations of identity and aging.

Notable Shows:

  1. Solo Exhibitions: Eloy Morales has had solo exhibitions in various galleries and museums globally, showcasing his hyperrealistic works to a wide audience. The specifics of these exhibitions may vary over time.
  2. International Recognition: Morales has gained international recognition, participating in group exhibitions alongside other contemporary artists. His work has been featured in shows highlighting the significance of hyperrealism in the contemporary art landscape.
  3. Awards and Honors: Morales has received accolades for his contribution to the arts, underlining his significance in the realm of hyperrealistic painting.
Painting by Eloy Morales
Painting by Eloy Morales

Artist creates incredible self-portraits that look like photographs… despite having NEVER painted himself before

Eloy Morales first began experimenting with paint at the age of four, and his works have since been exhibited across the world.

But this is the first time he has ever painted himself.

‘I just makes sense this way,’ Mr Morales said. ‘It’s a conceptual self-portrait, a reflection of my complex relationship with paint.’

The effort that goes into his oeuvres mean that each takes around a month to complete, with the artist working an eight-hour day in his studio.

‘I’m very disciplined, but I need to be to develop my work. I’ve got my studio separate from my home so I can concentrate, I need to be alone while painting,’ the artist said.

And despite the bizarre style of his depictions, he says he is keen to avoid being pigeonholed by putting a name to his unique style.

‘I don’t like tags, I don’t think you can choose a premeditated style, your style comes from the decisions you take through the years,’ Morales said.

‘I always felt a special interest for the image since I was a kid, i think the power of the image to evoke emotions and make people feel is unlimited.’

The Spanish artist says he feels ‘liberated’ when looking at his finished work, although said he has ‘a weird process of love and hate with my paintings’ while he is making them.

‘I try to show my inner world in my work. My images are explicit but they talk of senses and the non physical,’ Mr Morales said.

‘My ambition is to continue to dedicate my live to paint every day, it was my dream since i was a child – it’s my passion.’

Eloy Morales is a master of hyperrealistic oil painting.

Source: dailymail


ELOY MORALES, Madrid, Spain 1973


2017  proyección del documental “Eloy” del director Harry Woollacott en el 

      festival de Cannes.

      Around international film festival, Barcelona.

      Hollywood international independent documentary awards

      Hong Kong Arthouse fim festival

      Atlanta docufest 


2015  colección Ibex ,Alemania, adquisición

      adquisición obra MEAM 

2012  colección Howard Tullman,adquisición, Chicago.EEUU 

2010  mención de honor, quinto certamen fundación de las artes 

2008  adquisición obra , fundación de las artes y los artistas

2005  adquisición de obra, museo de arte contemporáneo, México D.F

1999  segundo premio Penagos de dibujo, Fundación Mapfre.

1998  licenciado en bellas artes por la universidad complutense, Madrid 

1997  Publicación de la monografía “Eloy Morales dibujos y pinturas”.

1994  premio pinturerias, México D.F




2021 OBRA EN PAPEL galería Anssorena, Madrid, Spain


2015  ABOUT HEAD Jonathan Levine gallery, New York.



      casa de vacas, Madrid.


      galería Espacio Nolde, Navacerrada, Madrid.


2008  OBRA 2006-2008 galería Ansorena, Madrid.

2006  ELOY MORALES galería Nolde, Navacerrada, Madrid.

2003  A PARTIR DE LA CABEZA galería Horrach Moyá, Palma de Mallorca.

      PEQUEÑO FORMATO galería Nolde, Navacerrada, Madrid.

2001  ELOY MORALES 001 galería Horrach Moyá, Palma de Mallorca.

2000  ABRIL DE 2000 galería Nolde, Navacerrada, Madrid.

1995  DIBUJOS-PINTURAS galería Balboa 13 Madrid.





2019 “Art Madrid” stand galeria Jorge Alcolea

     “Realismo español contemporáneao” Hoki Museum,

      Saga prefectural art museum, Japan

     “Contemporary realism” gallery 1261, Denver, Colorado, USA.


2018 “Art Madrid” stand galería Jorge Alcolea

     “painting the figure now” Wasau museum of contemporary art




2017 “realism” Eloy Morales and Clio Newton,Benjamin Eck gallery, Munich,


      Gran teatro Nuevo Liceo, Barcelona, seleccion de artistas del Meam

      “art beauty collection auction” Museo Thyssen Bornemisza, Madrid

      “Paradigm Shift” Nick Allen Gallery,San Francisco

      Art San Diego, California

      “Erotismo y fetichismo”,Fundación Van der Linde, Badajoz,España

      juxtapoz clubhouse. Miami. jonathan Levine gallery

      “Welcome to New Jersey”jonathan Levine projects, New Jersey,EEUU

      ” For Real”, passengers port terminal, Amsterdam, Holanda.

      “Delta nrem” espacio espositivo. Madrid

      Art Madrid, stand galeria Jorge Alcolea


2016  Stroke art Fair,Munich,Alemania,Flash gallery

      “Chevere”sirona fine art gallery, Florida

      ” Hyperrealism”, suwon museum,Korea

      Art Madrid, galeria moret art

      Paintguide, Unit London gallery, London, UK


2015  Stroke art fair, flash gallery ,Múnich,Germany

      Art.Fair, flash gallery, Cologne, Germany

      The unit London gallery, London

      Daejon Museum, Korea

      18 miradas a la realidad, museo etnografico de Artziniega, España


2014  BASED ON ACTUAL EVENTS, Jonathan Levine gallery,New York.

      FIXATION, zhou b art center, Chicago.


2013  REALISMO 2013,galeria Santiago Echeberria.Madrid

      MADE IN SPAIN, galeria Santiago Echeberria.Madrid.

      THE NAKED TRUTH, plus one gallery, Londres.

      ART FAIR HONG KONG, stand galeria Jorge Alcolea.


      AFFORDABLE ART FAIR. Mexico Df. 101art galleries.


2012  REALISMO 2012, galeria Santiago Echeberria

      10 pintores realistas, galeria Jorge Alcolea,

      FASHION VICTIMS, galeria Santiago Echeberria.

      ART MADRID, stand galeria Jorge Alcolea,

      FERIARTE, stand galeria Jorge Alcolea,

      ART FAIR HONG KONG stand galeria Jorge Alcolea

      COLECTIVA DE VERANO galeria Miquel Alzueta,

      5 EN REALIDAD galeria Espacio Nolde,


2011  COLOR galería Santiago Echeberría

      ART MADRID stand galería Santiago Echeberría

      REALISMO 2011 galería Santiago Echeberría

      ART FAIR HONG KONG stand galería Jorge Alcolea

      NO SECRET FOR THE PSYCHE galería Lemniscate, Tolouse



2010  REALISMO 2010 galeria Santiago Echeberria, Madrid

      10 PINTORES REALISTAS galeria Jorge Alcolea, Madrid.

      ENTORNOS galeria Santiago Echeberria, Madrid

      CITA CON EL GRABADO, espacio de arte Cervantes 6, Oviedo,

      LES REALISTES ESPAGNOLS, galería Tamenaga, París.

      EL ARTE DEL GOLF, galería Santiago Echeberría, Madrid.

      ART TAIPEI, Taiwan, stand galería Jorge Alcolea.

      KIAF 2010 INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR, Korea,  Jorge Alcolea.

      CASA DE LA MONEDA,  fundación de las artes y

         los artistas, Madrid.


      TOROS Y TOREROS V, galería Jorge Alcolea, Madrid

      INERCIA, consulado general de España, AECID, Shanghai, China.

      DAEGU ART FAIR Korea, stand galería Jorge Alcolea.

      DOORS ART FAIR Seoul, Korea, stand galería Jorge Alcolea.

      AHAF ASIA TOP GALLEY HOTEL , stand galería Jorge Alcolea. 





2009  OBJETO Y REALIDAD galería Santiago Echeberría, Madrid

      ESTAMPA recinto ferial Juan Carlos I, stand galería el taller, Madrid.

      EL ARTE DE LA SEMEJANZA, fundación Caixanova, itinerante.

      TOROS Y TOREROS IV galería Jorge Alcolea, Madrid

      TRAYECTOS galería Santiago Echeberría, Madrid.

      7 PINTORES REALISTAS galería Jorge Alcolea, Madrid.

      TRANSITANDO LA REALIDAD galeria espacio nolde.


2008  7 PINTORES REALISTAS galería Jorge Alcolea, Madrid. 

      CASA DE AMERICA fundación de las artes y los artistas, Madrid.

      NAVIDART galería espacio Nolde, Navacerrada, Madrid.


2007  DESNUDO galería Juan Amiano, Pamplona

      LOS NUEVOS OBJETOS galeria Juan Amiano, Pamplona.

      GRAN FORMATO galería Jorge Alcolea, Madrid


         ALcolea, Pekín, China.


2006  EL TOREO UN MUNDO DE MUNDOS, galería Juan Amiano, Pamplona.

      TOROS Y TOREROS II galería Jorge Alcolea, Madrid.

      ESPACIOS galería Ansorena, Madrid.

      EL VIATGE galería Jordi Barnadas, Barcelona.


2005  ARCO, Stand galería Horrach Moyá.

      BACKGROUND galería Horrach Moyá, Palma de Mallorca.


2004  ARCO, Stand galería Horrach Moyá.

      LOOp stand galería Horrach Moyá, Barcelona.

      EL PAISAJE; LO DADO Y LO INTERMINABLE, galería Horrach Moyá, Palma

         de Mallorca.


2003  ARTISSIMA stand galería Horrach Moyá, Turín, Italia.

      NAVIDART galería Nolde, Navacerrada, Madrid.


2002  ARTISSIMA stand galería Horrach Moyá, Turín, Italia.

      MUESTRA 2002 stand galería horrach Moyá, Monterrey, México.

      ARTE FIERA stand galería Horrach Moyá, Turín, Italia.

      TRANSREALISME galería Horrach Moyá, Palma de Mallorca


2001  EX facultad de bellas artes de Madrid, Universidad Complutense

      ARTEXPO stand galería Horrach Moyá, Barcelona.

      HABITUALES Y SILENCIOSOS galeria Gema Lazcano, Madrid.

      ARTISSIMA stand galería Horrach Moyá, Turín, Italia.

      QUADRATS galería Horrach Moyá, Palma de Mallorca.

      ART PARIS stand galería Horrach Moyá, París, Francia.


2000  EL OCEANO galería Clave, Murcia.

      ARTEXPO stand galería Horrach Moyá,Barcelona.

      FRAGMENTOS galería Ansorena, Madrid.


1999  AFINIDADES galería Nolde, Navacerrada, Madrid.


      PRESENTE Y FUTURO Galería Heller, Madrid

      PREMIO PENAGOS DE DIBUJO fundación mapfre, Madrid.

      ESTAMPA galeria el taller, Madrid


1998  PINTURERIAS Long Beach, California

      ARTEXPO stand galeria Heller, Madrid.

      REALIDADES galería Heller, Madrid.

      PREMIO PENAGOS fundación mapfre, Madrid.

      ESTAMPA stand galería el taller, Madrid.


1997  XIII CITA CON EL DIBUJO galería Alfama, Madrid

      PINTURERIAS, Denver, Colorado.

      COLECTIVA DE VERANO, galería Ansorena, Madrid.

      REALISMO galería Castelló 120, Madrid.

      ARTEXPO stand galería Castelló 120, Madrid.


1996  TAURIOS galería Ra del Rey, Madrid.


1995  LA TAUROMAQUIA galería Deán, Valencia.

      OBRA GRAFICA galería Tolmo, Toledo

      OBRA GRAFICA galería Siena, León.

      MUESTRA ANUAL DEL BOCETO EN EL ARTE galería Balboa 13, Madrid.

      COLECTIVA DE NAVIDAD galería Puchol, Valencia.


1994  PINTURERIAS Aguascalientes, Tijuana, Texas, México, EEUU


1989  II MOSTRA DART TAURI DE VINAROS Auditorio Municipal, Vinaroz, Valencia.