Nano Lopez

From Europe to Colombia to the U.S.

In 1981, Lopez 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.

Two years later, Lopez relocated to the Pacific Northwest in the United States where his wife at the time was from. When the relationship did not work out, connections he made helped him find work with sculptor Manuel Izquierdo.

After working at a foundry in Sandy, Oregon and the Walla Walla Foundry, Lopez opened his own enlargement and model-making business in Walla Walla, Washington in 1987. During this time he further developed his techniques in welding, tooling bronzes, and his own techniques for patinas.

Lopez is known as one of the best enlargers in the country. In order to work on these large-scale projects he built a new space in 2001 that is 8,000 square feet and has a 26-foot skylight. The studio is surrounded by artistic landscaping and a serene pond.

Collectors all over the country acquire Lopez’s sculptures. In 2009, Park West Gallery began representing the artist and Lopez travels around the world meeting his collectors.