Abelardo López, San Bartolo Coyotepec, Oaxaca, Mexico, b. 1957

Abelardo López was born in San Bartolo Coyotepec, Oaxaca. He studied at the School of Fine Arts, part of the Universidad Autonoma Benito Juarez de Oaxaca, as well as in the Rufino Tamayo Plastic Arts Workshop.

Abelardo López focuses on the elements of nature in his paintings, yet he transforms the genre by pushing the medium of painting itself with his signature style of carved impasto. “I like to paint the surroundings in which I grew up as a boy. I like cloudless skies, forms of nature without any shade, to paint something not seen before, to invent. I paint in the most pleasurable way for me, with my own seal and style. When painting I let myself go by emotion and the fantasy of recreating nature more than calculations.” – Abelardo López

López has artworks in many collections including: Museo Rayo Roldanillo, Valle del Cauca, Colombia; Museum of Modern Art of Latin America, Washington, D. C.; and The University of Texas at San Antonio.