Granite Tree

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Photo credit: King Au

Texas pink granite

“My work is a discussion of how man exists in nature and touches nature and uses nature. Each of my pieces has about 50 percent of its surfaces untouched and raw—those are parts of the stone that were torn. The rest of the work is smoothed and polished. The effect, which I want people to not only look at but touch, is a harmonious coexistence of the two.”

Jesús Bautista Moroles was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, in 1950 and raised in a west Dallas barrio; he now lives and works in Rockport, Texas. After receiving his BFA from the University of North Texas, Denton, in 1978, he spent a year in Pietrasanta, Italy, apprenticing under the figurative sculptor Luis Jimenez. Critical recognition came quickly and has included awards from the Colorado Chapter of Landscape Architects (Vail Sculpture Plaza, 1999) and the American Institute of Architects (New Mexico Veterans Memorial, 1998), among many others. Moroles has participated in international sculpture symposiums in China, India, and the United States. His work has been shown in more than 100 one-person and 175 group exhibitions worldwide and was included in the landmark exhibition, “Contemporary Hispanic Art in the United States.” Moroles’ most visible public sculpture is “Lapstrake,” a 22 ft tall, 64-ton work commissioned by E. F. Hutton in 1987 and located across from the Modern Museum of Art at the CBS Plaza in New York City. He currently serves on the Visual Arts Advisory Board at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, and the Board of Commissioners of the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC.