Born in Mexico, Arely Morales moved to Texas at the age of 14. She received her BFA in Painting and Photography from Stephen F Austin State University in 2015 and later received her MFA from the University of Washington in 2017, where she was awarded the De Cillia Graduating with Excellence Award for her research and artwork. Currently she is teaching drawing as an adjunct professor at Stephen F. Austin state university.
The experience of merging into a new culture, and being an immigrant in this country, has influenced the subject matter of her work, which focuses on issues of identity, displacement, humanity and the invisibility that immigrant workers face now days; class-based exploitation, physical and emotional sufferings, and their vulnerability. Through her artwork, her portraits of immigrant laborers offer viewers the opportunity to recognize her subjects’ strength and humanity.