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 1981, Moroles purchased his first large diamond saw, which began his long term commitment to create a studio. In 1983, Moroles began his construction in Rockport. This facility is unequaled in the country for the making of large scale sculptures.
In 1982, Moroles received the prestigious Awards 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 1985, Moroles received a National Endowment for the Arts Matching Grant for an environmental installation of 45 sculptural elements and fountains for the Birmingham Botanical Gardens in Birmingham, Alabama.
Moroles' largest single work is the 1991 site sculpture, the "Houston Police Officers Memorial." Comprised of granite and an earthen stepped pyramid surrounded by four equal inverted stepped pyramids excavated from the ground, the sculpture spans 120 feet by 120 feet.
Jesus Moroles is internationally renowned as one of the greatest sculptors working with granite today. Through a process called 'tearing' Moroles transforms each block of hard stone into a delicately refined expression of the interaction between man and nature.
...He extracts the stone's hidden aspects such as transparency, movement or sound. Many of Moroles' pieces are interactive.