Nano Lopez was born in Bogota Colombia on October 31, 1955 to an affluent and well-educated family. His great-uncle was the president of Colombia and his grandmother, an artist, was well-traveled. His father attended school in the United States and was a chemical engineer in addition to other entrepreneurial pursuits. Nano was recognized early in his life for his artistic talent when he was awarded first place in a municipal school drawing contest at the age of 5. Around the age of 15, Nano’s love of art grew and he began using wet clay he found at construction sites to practice his skills. By high school, he was making serious copies of the masters including Michelangelo’s sculptures and paintings. He realized that art was an absolute need and passion, and towards the end of high school began to take university classes at night.
“The transformation from clay to bronze has always been magical to me”.
Nano Lopez was born in Bogota, Colombia.
Won Drawing Contest
Awarded first place in a municipal school drawing contest at the age of 5.
Wet Clay Practice
At the age of 15, Nano began using wet clay he found at construction sites to practice his skills.
Took upper division studies and studio work at the School of David Manzur, the Rembrandt Academy, and the National University in Bogota.
Nano traveled to Spain and began working for the sculptor Francisco (Paco) Baron in Madrid.
Ecole Nationale Superieure Des Beaux Arts
(Paco) Baron in Madrid. Traveled to France and was accepted to the prestigious Ecole Nationale Superieure Des Beaux Arts, where he ranked in the top 10 applicants.
Built Art Studio
Moved back to Colombia and built an art studio on his mother’s property. Soon after, he had his first exhibition at an art museum in Bogota and his aunt hosted a show where Lina Botero, daughter of sculptor Fernando Botero, collected his work.
Moved to Northwest United States
Moved to Northwest area of the United States where he began working with Manual Izquierdo, head of sculpture department at Pacific Northwest College of Art.
Started own business in Washington
Started his own business in Walla Walla, Washington, model-making, reducing and enlarging maquettes to monumental sizes.
Married fellow artist, Mariya.
Nano designed, built, and moved into his custom building.
Begins working on his “Nanimals”, engaging viewers of all ages by reflecting a sense of playfulness, intense creativity, and wonder.