Born in Corpus Christi, Texas in 1950 and educated with a BFA at North Texas State University in Denton, Texas, Jesús Moroles lives and works in Rockport, Texas. After returning from a year of studio work in Italy in 1980, Moroles commenced to make the body of work for which he is widely known. Critical recognition for Moroles came quickly with many of his early exhibitions at Texas museums.
In the early 1980’s, Moroles began constructing his studio in Rockport. The workings of the studio became a family effort, with the artist involving his parents, siblings and in-laws. The completed facility is unequaled in the country for the making of large scale sculptures.
In 1982, Moroles received the prestigious Award in the Visual Arts Fellowship for which his works were included in a two-year traveling museum exhibition, which originated at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Illinois. During this period, Moroles began making large-scale works, such as his 22 foot tall sculpture fountain, titled Floating Mesa Fountain for the Albuquerque Museum in New Mexico.
In 1987, Moroles completed his most visible work, Lapstrake, a 64 ton, 22 foot tall sculpture, located across the street from the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. He was also included in the landmark museum exhibition, "Contemporary Hispanic Art in the United States,” which traveled from Houston, Texas to Washington, D.C., Santa Fe, New Mexico, Los Angeles, California and Brooklyn, New York.
Moroles established himself as one of the master sculptors of his generation with the 1996 “sculpture plaza” for the Edwin A. Ulrich Museum in Wichita, Kansas. In the tradition of his esthetic mentor, Isamu Noguchi, Moroles designed and sculpted from granite a granite landscape, comprised of multiple works, which together create a single environment that serves as an entrance to the museum and an outdoor site to exhibit important sculpture.
To date, Moroles’ work has been included in over 130 one-person exhibitions and over 200 group exhibitions. His work has been the subject of numerous articles and reviews in publications such as ARTNEWS, Arts, Artforum, Artspace, Artweek, Newsweek, Southwest Art, Time, and The New York Times, as well as several books, such as America Art Now, Art in the Eighties, National Museum of American Art, Contemporary Art in Texas, and Contemporary Art in New Mexico, and A Comprehensive Guide to Outdoor Sculpture in Texas. His work can be found in private and public collections worldwide.