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Using an invented formula, which consists of matching each letter of the alphabet to a number, Morales creates and designs machines that are both electrical and organic: cells, nuclei, atoms, etc. This Chilean artist, represented by the gallery since 2014, was the subject of a major exhibition in 2018 at the MAVI (Museo de Arte Visuale) in Santiago de Chile. In 2021, a set of his drawings will be exhibited at the Berlin Biennale. Already present in the abcd/Bruno Decharme (France) and Treger Saint Silvestre (Portugal) collections, his work has been reproduced in several publications.

portrait d'oscar morales - © christian berst — art brut
Date 1951 —
Pays Chile

Óscar Morales Martinez was born into a modest family in 1951 in Copiapó, in northern Chile. His father worked as a driver for the national mining company while his mother raised their six children. Like his brothers, he grew up in the town’s dusty streets, nevertheless completing both primary and high school. From an early age, he showed great interest in literature and the arts. 

At the age of 17, Morales served his three-year compulsory military service. When he finished, he began showing the first signs of paranoid schizophrenia. Between 1975 and 1995, he was hospitalized several times in a psychiatric institution before returning to Copiapó. His illness was sufficiently complex for him to be hospitalized there permanently. “It was my last hope of being saved,” he says.

He recalls that while confined to bed, he began to draw “in the sky” of his room. In 1999, Morales developed his famous “alphabetical and numerical valence formula” which he used to create machines and compulsively draw cells, nuclei, atoms and radios, using laptops and drawing on book covers and differently sized sheets of drawing paper. “I wanted to create something noble that would be useful for everyone. This mathematical formula is sophisticated; I invented it to improve and increase computer capacity”, he explains. 

In 2018, his work was the subject of a major exhibition at the MAVI (Museo de Arte Visuale) in Santiago de Chile.

Œuvres
Pour découvrir les œuvres disponibles, merci de nous contacter.
sans titre - © christian berst — art brut
sans titre, 2013
42 x 59 cm
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sans titre, 2012
53.5 x 37.5 cm
sans titre - © christian berst — art brut
sans titre, 2012
37.5 x 53.5 cm
sans titre - © christian berst — art brut
sans titre, 2012
53.5 x 37.5 cm
sans titre - © christian berst — art brut
sans titre, 2012
37.5 x 53.5 cm
sans titre - © christian berst — art brut
sans titre, 2012
58.8 x 42 cm
sans titre - © christian berst — art brut
sans titre, 2012
37.5 x 53.5 cm
sans titre - © christian berst — art brut
sans titre, 2012
53.5 x 37.5 cm
sans titre  - © christian berst — art brut
sans titre , 2000
27 x 37.5 cm
Expositions
drawing now 2019
Carreau du Temple. Du 27 au 30 mars 2019.
do the write thing 2
read between the lines, à la galerie. Du 26 avril au 2 juin 2018.
Exposicion radio estacion locura
Musée des Arts Visuels, Santiago du Chili. Du 3 février au 3 mai 2018.
hétérotopies
architectures habitées, à la galerie. Du 9 décembre 2017 au 20 janvier 2018.
Art Brut
A Story of Individual Mythologies , Collection Treger Saint Silvestre, Portugal . Du 1 janvier au 26 février 2017.
Voir plus
Brut Now
l’art brut au temps des technologies, Musées de Belfort. Du 29 octobre 2016 au 16 janvier 2017.
Soit 10 ans
Etats Intérieurs, à la galerie. Du 12 septembre au 10 octobre 2015.
do the write thing
read between the lines, galerie new york. Du 30 octobre au 21 décembre 2014.
Latin American Art
Hamer Gallery, Amsterdam. Du 30 novembre 2013 au 4 janvier 2014.
rentrée hors les normes 2013
découvertes et nouvelles acquisitions, à la galerie. Du 7 septembre au 12 octobre 2013.
stand christian berst art brut, *drawing now, artiste focus : josef hofer*, le carreau du temple, paris, du 28 au 31 mars 2019. - © christian berst art brut, christian berst — art brut
Revue de presse
de l’art brut art high-tech
Stéphanie Lemoine, L’oeil. Le 10 janvier 2017.
un musée d’art brut ouvre au Portugal
Roxana Azimi, Quotidien De L’art. Le 1 juillet 2014.
Collections
collection abcd
France
collection Treger Saint Silvestre
Portugal
Oscar Morales

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