Armando Morales was born in Nicaragua in 1927. Since early childhood, Morales showed a great interest in art, often noted by his teachers. By this time, he was not only painting at school but also at home. Morales considers his artistic career to have begun around 1938, when he began to paint imaginary landscapes.
He attended the The School of Fine Arts of Managua and in 1956, he participated in the Central American Painting Contest “15 de Septiembre” held in Guatemala, where he won first prize with his painting "Spook-Tree", which was later bought by the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He was also a part of the 1957 exhibition, “Six Nicaraguan Artists”, which was inaugurated in Washington D.C.
In 1964 he received the “J.L. Hudson & Co.” prize at the Carnegie International in Pittsburgh, followed in 1966 by the “Industrial Tandil” Prize at the III American Biennial in Cordoba Argentina.
Morales returned to Central America in 1976, planning to live in his own country, but political turbulence forced him to move to Costa Rica. He resumed working with lithographs in 1977, and made several editions in New York and Berlin. During this time, he produced a series in black & white for Herbert Kassner of Lithographic Editions at the Kryon Editions Workshop Mexico City.
In 1982, Morales Traveled to Nicaragua, where the Sandinista government awarded him the order of Ruben Dario. Later, the Nicaraguan government named him an Alternative Delegate to UNESCO. Source: Arte Foundation