Antonio Lopez the Puerto Rican illustrator and photographer who revolutionized the fashion world with his sensual photographs and illustrations that mixed pop art, op art and art nouveau is now the focus of an exhibition in Manhattan this summer.
A multi-talented bad boy of the arts, he graduated from the High School of Arts and Design and the Fashion Institute of Technology and went on to collaborate with Vogue and a number of other glossy titles, with his subjects including models, socialites designers and popstars.
Even though Antonio Lopez’s life ended too early, at the age of 44, he had had an extraordinary 30-year long career, which put him on the pedestal among American most influential artists during the 1960’s, 1970’s and 1980’s. Lopez was born in Puerto Rico, but grew up and made his name in New York City. Now, the time has come for New York to give an homage to the late artist.
A unique collection of over 300 Antonio Lopez’s works, including his drawings, Instamatic photographs, archival photographs, sketches, clothing and shoe designs, is presented in the show at El Museo del Barrio.
Guitar dress, 1982
Antonio Lopez: Future Funk Fashion exhibit from June 14 through November 26, 2016
El Museo del Barrio, 1230 5th Ave, New York, NYC