We had the good fortune of connecting with Abraham Morales and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Abraham, what’s your definition for success?
I think success is defined by how well you feel with your life in general. I don’t think success means getting huge projects but meaningful projects for you. You can live forever stressed about deadlines or thinking if your clients are going to be happy with your results. I believe you are successful if you can paint, draw or sculpt every day and have fun doing it and then cooking a fantastic dinner or just going to the park to read a nice book and enjoy a cup of coffee.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I infuse every project I participate on with my personal life experience and the stories I’ve heard from many people around the world, myths, legends and local lore. I like to use a lot of techniques because it’s really fun to try new materials but what I enjoy the most is mixing anything that help me convey an idea or achieve a certain effect. I must say I’m very proud of my obsession with ink textures and crosshatching, using this technique for me it’s like getting into trance. I started doing editorial illustration for magazines but it wasn’t never easy to get interesting assignments so after a while I chose only the ones I was really excited to do and coincidentally, the art directors gave me total freedom every time, it was a win win for everyone and I learned you always have to chose with your heart and forget about the money. Right now I’m in the initial stage of two long delayed personal projects about themes I’m very interested in: horror and cosmic connections. I’ll post more about that on my social media as it develops.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Mexico City is a great place to have fun and eat fantastic food. I would take my friend to my favorite ramen spot, to a japanese grill on the weekend, to have lunch at a korean bbq, take some specialty coffee at my favorite coffee bars but not before grabbing some of the finest french pastries you can have in the city. There are a couple of contemporary mexican food restaurants that are awesome and of course yo can’t forget about street food and the local markets. We have a lot of options. I have a favorite place downtown for drinking mezcal and another for cocktails that also has some of the best pizza in town and live music nights. And of course I would take my friend to some alternative midnight shows at some very interesting places around the city.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My wife, Mayra Meneses. She’s the person who’s always believed in me and she’s constantly pushing me to be a better person and artist. I just can’t believe for how long she’s been doing it.
Portraits by @hellomrpink