Amadeo Morelos’ recent works fall into two realms: one side sees the depiction of grotesque, bestial figures that seem to be in conflict with their natural surroundings, often cramping an edenic scene or embroiled in royal-blue convolutions. These unsettling figures are a far cry from Amadeo's other stylistic output: childlike landscapes that use a serene palette and smooth colour gradation to offset jagged lines of acrylic that denote natural phenomena.
Amadeo's figurative work responds to the visual legacy of Greek mythology and bodybuilding culture.
Disproportionate and fantastical figures are created to suffuse any possibility of a mundane visual experience: their muscles ripple and bulge to an almost nauseating extent. The figurative paintings exude a powerful kinetic energy, while the landscapes show a contrasting sensibility and skilled use of line.
Born in Morelia, Mexico in 1992; Morelos gained a BFA from The Art Institute of Chicago in 2016.
In 2017-18 Morelos co-founded Greendoor: a creative space that curated shows for emerging and established artists from the Chicago area.
His notable solos and group shows include PLHK (Chicago, IL), Comfort Station (Chicago, IL), The Chicago Show (Brooklyn, NY), Heaven Gallery (Chicago, IL) and Palacio Clavijero (Morelia, Mexico). His work has been published in New American Paintings, ArtMaze, The Chicago Times, etc. As well as online publications like Art Net, Art News, among others. He is currently living in his home town of Morelia and is a 2021 MFA candidate at Columbia University in NYC.