Texan born Jesús Moroles (1950-2015) is internationally known as one of the greatest sculptors working with granite today. Through a process called 'tearing' Moroles transforms each block of hard stone into a delicately refined expression of the interaction between man and nature.
Having graduated with a BFA at North Texas State University in Denton, Texas, he left for Italy for year to focus on his studio work in 1980. Moroles commenced to make the body of work for which he is widely known today. Critical recognition for Moroles came quickly with many of his early exhibitions at Texas museums and by 1981, Moroles purchased his first large diamond saw. This purchase began his long-term commitment to create a studio. By 1983, Moroles began his construction in Rockport, TX and created a studio that is unparalleled in the USA for the making of large-scale sculptures.
In 1982, Moroles received the prestigious Awards in the Visual Arts Fellowship for which his works were included in a two-year traveling museum exhibition which originated at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Illinois. During this period, Moroles began making large-scale works such as his 22-foot-tall sculpture fountain, titled "Floating Mesa Fountain" for the Albuquerque Museum in New Mexico.
Among his accomplishments include the National Endowment for the Arts Matching Grant for his environmental installation of 45 sculptural elements and fountains for the Birmingham Botanical Gardens in Alabama. Moroles' largest single work is the 1991 site sculpture, the "Houston Police Officers Memorial,” which is comprised of granite and an earthen stepped pyramid surrounded by four equal inverted pyramids excavated from the ground. This sculpture spans 120 feet by 120 feet.
Many of Moroles' pieces are interactive as he extracts the stone's hidden aspects such as transparency, movement or sound. His legacy lives on through his recognized public art installations as he passed away on June 15, 2015.