Artist Feature: Eloy Morales

Editor Shenyah Webb, Art, June 21st, 2016

" constant inner fight with my emotions while painting."

Eloy Morales portrait painting nailed magazine


Human connection is undeniably one of our most important needs, this is what drew me to the paintings created by Eloy Morales. He connected me to the mysterious subjects in his portraits, granting me the opportunity to fully engage with the psychological aspects of each person, study each facial expression, looking into their eyes, listen to their thoughts.

There is a lot of subtlety in human expression and to capture what appears to be a true emotion through nearly expressionless faces is profound. About Face is his portraiture series which concentrates solely on the face, a gateway of sorts to our inner world. His very large-scale portraits are not only executed with technical mastery and tonal expertise, but they actually do seem alive. Through their silence, they tell stories while their stillness triggers emotions.

“My portraits are a reflection of my internal conflict in my relation with paint…it is a mask that I am hiding behind. At the same time, it symbolizes war paint as a reference to my constant inner fight with my emotions while painting.”

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Eloy Morales painterEloy Morales was born in 1973 in Madrid, Spain. The majority of his works are hyperrealist portraits rendered in oil on canvas and pencil on paper. His works have been exhibited in galleries throughout the world, including France, USA, Mexico, South Korea, Spain and the United Kingdom and are included in the Howard A. and Judith Tullman Collection, one of the largest collections of realist art. He is represented by the Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York, NY. Visit him online, here.


Shenyah Webb

Shenyah Webb is a Portland-based visual artist and musician. She has been with NAILED Magazine since its inception in 2012 and has served as the Arts Editor and a Contributing Editor since its launch in 2013. A Detroit native, she attended The College for Creative Studies, where she focused on Fine Art and Industrial Design. She is currently enrolled in a Somatic Expressive Arts Education and Therapy training program, studying under Lanie Bergin. You can learn more about Shenyah here. (