About the Artist

MANUEL MORQUECHO–MY STORY

I am a late-comer to photography or even to the artistic world. However, I always have had a passion for photography even since I was a young boy growing up in a small town in Central Mexico. I worked from a young age in my uncle’s bakery to draw my parents’ attention since I was part of a big family (I had eleven other brothers and sisters). The smell of fresh baked bread that awake my senses and my story and that of my family became unforgettable moments that remained in my mind like pictures, and later on the story behind several of my future images. I decided to leave my parents’ home when I was 18 years old and find ways to support myself, postponing my dream to become a fine art photographer for many years.

I finally had the opportunity to start studying photography in 2009 when I lived in Guatemala and later on in Washington DC at Boston University Center for Digital Imaging Arts, graduating in 2014. Since then I have not stopped living my passion and continued to make progress in finding the uniqueness of the narrative behind my images. This uniqueness explores “a fine line that teeters on fantasy and reality.” Although I explores different types of photography in black and white and in color, I have focused on staging my images to better capture this fine line—the world as I see it, feel it and imagine it—and let my fantasy wonder around without any “walls.”  I even go as far as designing myself the clothing that many of my models wear in my theatrical images.

Fine Art Photography has allowed me to grasp this uniqueness in an instant, without the distortions caused by the passage of time and the changes in feelings, thereby creating timeless portrayals of my imagination and desires. Moreover, even though my Mexican heritage weighs heavily behind my images, they break national boundaries by transporting the viewers to an unidentifiable interior place of great beauty, peace, and reconciliation.

I have had several solo and group exhibitions in Guatemala, Washington DC, New York City, London and Italy. I am a member of the International Photographic Society (IPS) and have received several awards, including the 2018 Leonardo First Prize for Photography and Digital Art, twice the Washington DC Government Art & Humanities Fellowship, and IPS photographer of the year. My works belong to private and public collections in many countries. I have also curated photographic exhibitions, such as IPS’s 50thanniversary (2017), resulting in the publication of the Society’s first photography book entitled Dialogue through Time.

The journey that I started ten years ago will only end when my heartbeats stop. I am convinced that my art will continue to seduce the viewers to the point that they would be able to feel my images, not just see them, by somehow witnessing their own world and fantasies reflected in my images.

 MANUEL MORQUECHO–ARTIST STATEMENT

My art captures my own realities—the world as I feel it or imagine it. I have chosen Photography as my art-instrument because it allows me to grasp these “realities” in an instant, without the distortions caused by the passage of time and changing feelings. My images are captured both in black and white and color creating timeless portrayals of my imagination and desires. Although they reflect somehow my Mexican heritage, they break national boundaries and transport the observers to an unidentifiable interior place of great beauty, peace and compassion.

MANUEL MORQUECHO–CURRICULUM VITAE

 

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Originally from Mexico, Manuel Morquecho started to study digital photography in 2009 in Guatemala City, graduating in 2014 from Boston University’s Center for Digital Imaging Arts in Washington D.C. where he currently resides. His main body of work focuses on exploring the urban landscape, the integration of the face and body into fine art, and fashion photography. Morquecho was the International Photographic Society (IPS) Photographer of the Year in 2015-16 and was awarded the 2016-2017 and 2017-18 Washington DC Government Art & Humanities Fellowship. He has done several solo and group exhibits in Atlanta, Guatemala City, Miami, Washington DC, New York City, London and Italy’s 2018 Chianciano Art Biennale where he won the Leonardo 1st Prize for Photography and Digital Art. In 2019, he was awarded the 2nd Prize in Photography at IPS and at London Art Biennale, and the 3rd Prize Focus on the Story at Washington, D.C. International Photo Festival. In 2020, Morquecho was a winner of LensCulture Critics’ Choice. Several of his images have been published in renowned art books and magazines and are owned by DC government Art Bank Program, the Chianciano Art Museum in Italy, and private art collectors around the world.

EDUCATION

  • 2013-14, Boston University Center for Digital Imaging Arts (CDIA), professional digital photography certificate, Washington, D.C., US
  • 2010-12, La Fototeca, Guatemala City, Guatemala
  • 2009, courses with photographers Alan Benchoam and Daniel Chauche, Guatemala City, Guatemala

AWARDS

  • 2021, Certificate of Artistic Excellence, Circle Quarterly Art Review Magazine Contest, Circle Foundation for the Arts, London, UK
  • 2020, LensCulture’s Critics’ Choice 2020, the image Transition.(online)
  • 2020-2019, Circle Foundation for the Arts (CFA), Art Ideal Magazine Contest, Artist of the Year Award and Grant 2018-19, finalist certificate (100 Artists were selected for a finalist award, 863 artists participated in the contest worldwide), January 2019.
  • 2019, 2nd Prize in Photography, IPS, Washington DC, USA
  • 2019, 2nd Prize in Photography, London Art Biennale, UK
  • 2019, 3rd Prize, Focus on the Story, Washington DC International Photo Festival, USA
  • 2018, Onishi Gallery Solo Exhibition Award (selected among 45 artists).(Online)
  • 2018, 1st Prize Leonardo award for photography at the 2018 Chianciano Biennale, CHIANCIANO, Italy
  • The 2017-18 Washington D.C. Government Art & Humanities Fellowship, USA
  • The 2016-17 Washington D.C. Government Art & Humanities Fellowship, USA
  • 2017, Image Transition selected by National Geographic as one of the best for entries to the Gift of Life—your shot. ONLINE?
  • 2017, Image Transition selected by Lensculture among the top-rated entries in magnum photography awards ONLINE ?
  • Image my Memories selected by Lensculture among the top 7 percent of all entries received, portrait awards, 2016.
  • 2015-16, IPS Photographer of the Year. ONLINE ?
  • 2013-2014, IPS Rookie of the Year. ONLINE?

SOLO EXHIBITIONS 

  • 2019 (June 4th – 11th), Onishi Gallery, New York City, U.S.A.
  • 2014 (May), Boston University Center for Digital Imaging Arts (CDIA),  Washington D.C., U.S.A.

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

  • 2024 «Parallax Art Fair». London, U.K.
  • 2023 «Espace Vision´Art», Paris, France.
  • 2023  «the Contemporary Art Collectors Online Exhibition “Beyond Utopia: Visions of a Perfect World.»

https://www.contemporary-art-collectors.com/online-exhibition. 

  • 2022 LensCulture, New York City., USA
  • 2022 — 2014, IPS, Washington D.C., USA
  • 2021 «Fira Internacional d’Art de Barcelona», Barcelona, Spain. 
  • 2021 «Boomer Gallery», London, U.K.
  • 2021 “River of Dreams,” online group exhibition, Contemporary Art Curator Magazine.
  • 2020-21 “Atlanta Photography Group Virtual Gallery», Director’s Cut Exhibition, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
  • 2020-21 «Spotlight Touchston 77 Artists», Virtual Gallery, Washington DC., USA
  • 2020 (September 17th – December 16th), the Atlanta Photography Group,  Atlanta Airport, Georgia, USA
  • 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, Washington D.C., USA
  • 2019 «Touchstone Gallery» Mixture, Washington DC., USA
  • 2019 «World Wide Art» – Artavita, Miami, Florida, USA
  • 2019 «The  Atlanta Photography Group Gallery: “Alan Avery Selects,”  Atlanta, Georgia, USA
  • 2019  The Atlanta Photography Group’s Airport 2019», Atlanta, Georgia, USA
  • 2019 (May 22th – 26th), London Art Biennale, London, UK
  • 2019 (April 26th – 28th), Leslie-Lohman Space Project, New York City, USA
  • 2019 (February 15th – 17th), Parallax Art Fair, London, UK
  • 2018 (August 11th – 19th), Biennale Chianciano Art Museum, Chianciano, Italy
  • 2018 (July), Parallax Art Fair,  London, UK
  • 2018 (July 9th    20th), Onishi Gallery, New York City, USA
  • 2018 (June 7th – 29th), group exhibition Pronouns, FxCollaborative architects, New York City, USA
  • 2018, World Bank art collection exhibition, Washington D.C., USA
  • 2018 (February 13th- — 24th), Onishi Gallery, winter show, New York City, USA
  • 2018, 2017, World Bank art collection exhibition, Washington D.C., USA
  • 2017, Artefest, Latinos in Philanthropy, Washington D.C., USA
  • 2015, New York Foundation for the Arts, New York City, USA
  • 2010, Embassy of Argentina, Guatemala City, Guatemala