Today we’d like to introduce you to Miguel Lopez.
Hi Miguel, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
I’ve been drawing since I was a little kid growing up in the beaches of the Dominican Republic. I started because both my parents migrated to the USA, leaving my brother and I behind, in care of our grandmother. It was my way of coping with the solitude and anger. Many years later, I joined them in New York City and decided to join the military after 9/11. I continued sketching all throughout but as military life took a toll in mental status, I needed to do more than sketch. That’s when I actually started painting. At first, it was landscapes and animals while discovering my artist’s voice. Now, my artwork it’s a combination of abstract with portraits. My work is very distinctive and carry my signature traits.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Definitely not a smooth road. I’m still learning and being self-taught had some limits but I felt I was wasting my time in art school and was stuck into “a curriculum way” and no room for art freedom. So I stopped attending and just kept polishing my craft on my own.
In addition, being a dad of three, having a full-time job, running my own business (The Way Things ART) and providing support to the military community through my art it’s a lot of work.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I’m a visual artist. My focus is primarily on portraits, and I put my soul into each of them. My black and white portraits honor the Military. Drawing on my own experiences, I use both these portraits and my written words to reach Veterans who are struggling with PTSD. My goal is for those who see and hear my work to feel motivated, inspired, and alive.
Working from historic photographs, the subjects of my Voices of Power series are depicted in bold color, a nod to the strength of the subject but also to the emotion behind the painting. Each piece is finished with my personal touch, splashes of color and specific angles to emphasize the power within the painting.
My work honoring the Military remains black and white but is equally powerful. Colors invite us to observe. Black and white pushes us beyond mere observation and forces us to think, to imagine, to see what’s behind the brush strokes.
What was your favorite childhood memory?
Wow, there are not many but one I can always remember was running in my underwear’s whenever it rained. We would stop by the houses and stand underneath the gutter and let the waterfall on us…and then move to the next one.
- Small work (14×14) starts at $300
- Medium (24×24”) starts $600
- Large (30×40”) $2.5 per square inch
- Email: Artbylopz@gmail.com
- Instagram: Instagram.com/artbylopz
- Facebook: Facebook.com/Artbylopz
- Other: Instagram.com/thewaythingsart