My name is Eduardo Florentino Morales I am a self taught artist born and raised in Dallas, TX. I’ve been doing art for most of my life. I’m self taught thanks to my strict father. He never gave me any freedom to go out with friends or anything, I was always locked in my room drawing every day. As the years passed I got better. When I started it was always just a pencil on paper then as I got older I moved to charcoal and pastels. It wasn’t until after graduation that I decided to pick up a brush and experience acrylics and oils. I remember starting with oils which were very fun but time consuming as it took time to dry so, in the end, I stuck with acrylics. When it came time to be an adult and get an office job I put painting aside which became a hobby. My break came in 2015 when my work started getting recognized on social media and I started getting invited to shows and getting asked to do commissioned pieces. The requests for commissioned work was keeping me so busy that I eventually had to resign from my job and pursue my passion/career as an artist. My passion for art grew stronger once I started making money doing what I loved. Most of my work is known for its obvious distortion, I enjoy using pallet knives and plastic or rubber squeegees to distort the painting. I like to add a little “broken” to the beautiful. My recent work is inspired by the renaissance and medieval era. My views in inspiration always change so tomorrow my work can suddenly consist of landscapes. It all depends on what I feel at the moment that inspires me for a new idea. Monet and Van Gogh are two of the artists I truly admire. My purpose is that long after I’m gone my name will remain alive through my work.
It hasn’t been a smooth road. I have gained but have lost a lot more pursuing my art career. I quit my job to be a full time artist and it’s not easy living off just your art. I have to keep creating to have the variety for clients and to always have something for sale. People never wanna pay full price but never realize how much work is put into each and every painting. I have undersold my work plenty of times to maintain the bills paid. But that’s a part of the journey the way is to see it. I surely am busting my ass but in the end, I know it’ll pay off.
I have a very distinct style and if you’re familiar with my work you could easily pick it apart from any other work. I’m also known for blocking (covering) my eyes on photos I post of myself. It started randomly but sort of became a thing.
Two of my mentors are my friends Theo Ponchaveli which is also a well known artist here in Dallas. When it comes to the art he guides me and gives me pointers on how to become a better artist. And the other is a very best friend of mine, Brewster Billings. He’s a detective for the DPD. He got me out of trouble when I was a kid and we’ve been friends ever since. He inspires me to be a better person and artist.