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Jesu Moratiel

MULTIDISCIPLINARY

Jesu Moratiel is an spanish multidisciplinary artist, currently residing in Barcelona. In his work he combines installations, sculptures, and digital art in the form of 3D animations and apps, with an eclectic body of work but formulated from certain aesthetic guidelines such as the importance of textures and patterns as a conceptual language, the constant use of symbols, the tendency to verticality or dealing with sensitive and even aggressive themes from its surface. 

Moratiel’s main series highlight some of the main issues of contemporary thought: life and death in the era of the biotechnological avant-garde, new contemporary beliefs and our behaviors as social and sentient beings in the digital age. In some of his large format works, he uses resin pieces to encapsulate and isolate from the degradation of time organic matter with a deep symbolic charge such as chicken embryos or thousands of dead bees, which serve to establish reflections on the essence of life and inter-species social relations. In the case of embryos, he uses them as a symbol of the intersection between scientific and religious thought, to question the meaning of life, the role of the human being as spiritual narrator, moral judge and scientific researcher. 

As for the digital work, he is interested in its artificial and ephemeral aspects, the relationship between the meaning of bodies as contingent but at the same time consumed content in the virtual ecosystem, the fluidity of digital space, its interactive character and how we relate to the new digital aesthetics.

In his eagerness to always push the boundaries of art, Moratiel has opened a new line of research within the digital field, synthesizing his works in the format of a mobile app. With this new format halfway between 3D animation and video games, using technologies from both sectors but positioning himself in the middle ground between them, Jesu seeks to generate a sensitive experience that brings the user closer to the work of art, expanding the way in which the user relates to it. They are, in short, interactive works of art.

His works can be seen in numerous private collections and he has realized projects in international galleries such as Benjamin-Eck projects (Munich), MTArt (London, Paris and Monaco), Cerquone Gallery (Madrid), Gallery Red (Mallorca), Haimney Gallery (Barcelona), as well as curated projects in world-class NFT marketplaces such as Crypto.com and Foundation.

ACADEMIC TRAINING, COURSES AND WORKSHOPS

 

2017: Master in 3D and VFX. CICE school of new technologies. Madrid.

2016: Graduate in Fine Arts. Faculty of Fine Arts, Complutense University of Madrid.

(* Highlight your results, Honorable Matriculation in the Final Project, 10 in the End of Degree Work, tutored by Jaime Aledo Codina). – 2017 Workshop with Cristina Anglada. New artistic trends. La Quinta del Sordo. Madrid.

2016: Workshop with Tania Pardo. Questions on curatorship. La Casa encendida (The lit house). Madrid.

2014: Arts and its Markets Course, Sotheby’s institute, London.

2012: Fine Arts Summer Course, Saint Martin’s College. London.

 

INDIVIDUAL, TWO PERSON & COLLECTIVE SHOWS

 

2022 Group show: (In)Tangible World: Postdigital Corporeality, Abrazo Gallery at The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural Center, New York, USA

2022 Solo show Galerie Benjamin Eck, Munich, Germany

2021 HAIMNEY GALLERY. Barcelona.

2021 O_E_O Festival Cuartel de artillería. Murcia.

2020 “To my Twenties” Central Saint Martins old building. Curated by Tom Best.

2020 “Hope Ratio”, supported by Mtart Agency. UBP Mónaco.

2020 “Nobody”. Galerie Manqué. New York.

2020 “Strange Times”. Curated by Stepan Ryabchenko in collaboration with the National Center “Ukrainian House”.

2020 “#BUSYARTHOME”. Programa Taide. Madrid.

2020 “ArtGate Opening”. Curated by Artgate VR. Montreal.

2020 “10 segundos / 20 artistas”. Organised by

Fart. Madrid.

2018 Two elementary particles. An Wei and Jesu Moratiel. Cerquone Project Gallery. Madrid.

2017 The small. Space Amen. Madrid.

2017 Gunderkammer project. Sleepwalker Gallery. Madrid.

2016 Six studies on the birth of Venus. Quintana Valley. Madrid.

2015 Nature is whimsical. Quintana Valley. Madrid.

 

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King Bust , 2021

Marmoline, Heat glued vinyl and curated playlist 70 x 48 x 30 cm
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Criogenesis , 2021

Chicken fetus, resin, cables, plastic 80 x 80 x 25 cm
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A violent scene in which nothing will ever happen , 2018

Lizard, dead bees, grapes, scalpels, carnivorous plants, mouse fetus, transparent polyester resin, methacrylate, stainless steel. 61 x 100 cm
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The origin of a thought , 2018

Dead bees, flower, resin, methacrylate, steel frame 230 x 160 x 10 cm
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Deconstruction of a bigmac presented in a golden triangle , 2018

Bees, resin, pigment, methacrylate, steel frame. 200 x 124 x 4 cm
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Frozen in a sun ray , 2021

Feathers, fishing flies, epoxi resin, pigment and methacrylate 120 x 74.2 x 22 cm
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Ritual in the club , 2021

3D render printed on cotton canvas 128 x 100 cm
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Back to the club , 2021

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About domination 1 , 2021

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Three folkloric instruments , 2021

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My friends don’t like to dance 1 , 2021

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The dance (after Matisse) , 2021

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A deconstruction of a Kiss (I)

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Back to the club

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Les damoiselles d’Avignon

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Shall we share a playlist? , 2021

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Wanna trip? , 2020

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