A master of hyperrealist painting, Morales predominately creates large-scale portraits. About Head is a continuation of this theme and includes a series of 14 paintings in which Morales has created tightly cropped compositions of the human head. By concentrating on the face the artist is granted an opportunity to engage with the psychological aspects of his subjects through the astounding communicative power of the gaze. Often including external elements that add color and texture, Morales himself appears in three of the works with his face covered in paint.
While photographs have a major role in Morales’ creative process, his intention is never to duplicate an image but rather to utilize it as documentary support and explore its limits as a way to transcend reality. He explains, “I try to adhere to the line where reality coexists in natural form with my inner world. I believe in the immense power of images and their infinite possibilities.” Through a meticulous depiction of the human form, Morales’ works have the ability to shift away from realism into the realm of abstraction, expanding the viewers’ consciousness and conception of reality.