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“Let’s live fully, and not burn ourselves out so much.”
- Armando Morales

Born in Granada, Nicaragua on January 15, 1927, Morales is the youngest of six children in a deeply pious family. Since childhood Morales showed great interest in art, and his talent did not go unnoticed by his teachers. At age 11 he painted imaginary landscapes that he regards as the true beginning of his artistic career. He studied at the rigorous School of Fine Arts of Managua from 1940-44, where he worked directly with charcoal, crayon, wood and plaster modeling, as well as textile experimentation. Finally, in his third year he was introduced to oil painting. In 1956, he participated in the Central American Painting Contest “15 de Septiembre” held in Guatemala and won first prize with his painting ‘Spook-Tree,’ which was later purchased buy the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In 1957, the exhibition “Six Nicaraguan Artists” was inaugurated in Washington, where Morales received excellent reviews and sold all the paintings in his presentation. In 1970 he painted fruits that suggest the softness of human skin. These works present a transition to his nude series. Morales shares his time between New York, Costa Rica, Paris and Mexico City.