Fueling the Passion
Lopez became passionate about art when he was around 15 years old. Lopez would find water clay that had been unearthed at construction sites to experiment with back at his apartment. In addition, Lopez hones his skills by observing the works in the city carving sandstone columns. Lopez befriended them and asked the craftsmen to teach him how to chisel away at the stone.
Toward the end of high school, Lopez started to attend university classes at night. Here, he practiced controlling lines with charcoal pencils, studied the masters and developed his motto: Not a day without a line.
After studying with David Manzur in Bogota, Lopez moved to Spain to study with Francisco “Paco” Baron. Baron taught Lopez how to weld, carve granite and marble, fabricate steel, casting in bronze and how to polish and patina bronze sculptures.
While in Spain, Lopez made the short trip to Italy to see the sculptures of Michelangelo in person.
In 1980, Lopez moved to Paris to live with a Colombian friend and worked part-time in a Colombian tourist office. While there he decided to apply to the prestigious Ecole Nationale Superieure Des Beaux Arts. After three rounds of the rigorous application process, Lopez was accepted and ranked in the top 10 applicants. In the mornings he worked and in the afternoons he studied new materials, such as fiberglass, at the school.