Carlos Amorales was born in 1970 in Mexico City, where he currently lives and works. Between 1992 and 1996 he studied in Amsterdam, at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and the Rijksakademie. Amorales came to international attention in the late 1990s with his “Amorales vs. Amorales” performances, which were inspired by the world of amateur wrestling in Mexico. Much of the artist’s work explores the culture and values of his native Mexico. He is fascinated with contemporary rituals, both secular and religious, particularly the role and meaning of costume and masks. He continues to explore these motifs in a multifaceted artistic production that includes performance, animation, painting, drawing, and sculpture. Amorales is also interested in collaborative practices and is part of Nuevos Ricos, an artist group that includes musicians, performers, and designers. Amorales has participated in major international group exhibitions such as the 50th Venice Biennale (2003), 2nd Berlin Biennial (2001), and 1st Tirana Biennial (2001). His work is part of the collection of museums such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Tate Modern, London; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; and Centre National des Arts Plastiques, Paris.
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