Victoria Morales

Victoria Morales was born in 1961, and raised in “El Barrio” Spanish Harlem as a young child and later moved to the Bronx with her family.  She began drawing at nine years old and painting in oils at eighteen years.  Morales studied at the School of Visual Arts and the Students Art League in New York City.  She is currently a full time artist living in Homestead, Florida.

Morales’ Keen sense of Strong colors, embellished shapes and emotional landscapes evoke the influence of great surrealist expressionist painters such as Diego Rivera, Frida Khalo, Salvador Dali and Georgia Okeefe.  Victoria endeavors to paint her own reality, incorporating her own personal symbolic icons into her work.  As a New York born Puerto Rican, she taps into a wealth of creativity inspired by her early memories of life in El Barrio, with her great grandmother, set against the backdrop of a vibrant Spanish speaking community, and as a young girl learning from the great masters on weekly visits to New York’s famed Fifth Avenue museums.

 

Morales was awarded first place in a national competition sponsored by the Johns Hopkins University of Medicine and the Museum of Art (MOCA) in Baltimore. Her award winning painting was showcased in a 2006 calendar designed by Johns Hopkins University and MOCA. She received a merit award in the Manhattan Arts International Annual “Herstory” competition.  Her work has been showcased in Miami Dade College, the Richmond Cottage at the Deering Estate in Cutler, Miami, Fl., the So Bay Festival of Arts in Miami, Fl., the Children’s Gallery in Homestead, Fl., the Wyndham Hotel in Orlando, Fl., the Schomberg Museum in Harlem, a LBGT Arts Recovery Exhibit in New York City, and Artscope: Emerging Latina Artists Exhibit in New Jersey. Morales’ artwork has also appeared news paper such as the South Dade News Leader, The Total Leader, El Nuevo Herald, and the Miami Herald.

Visit her website http://www.victoriamorales.net