Sergio Lopez, American painter and illustrator, was born in Sonoma County, California. He received his BFA from the Academy of Art in San Francisco. Upon discovering oil paint and charcoal, he began filling sketchbooks rapidly, with real life observations and imagined ones alike.
Lopez credits contemporary artists in graffiti and photography as influences, but he most admires Golden Age illustrators and Bravura painters. He continues his study of the Old Masters with frequent museum visits. Since he began participating in plein air events in 2010, Lopez has won multiple awards, including Epperson Gallery’s Valona Paint Out best of show award two years in a row, 3 awards in the 2010 Paint San Clemente Festival and Honorable Mention in the Alameda Plein Air event two years in a row. He uses the knowledge gained from painting outdoors in his studio paintings.There is no better way to discover the truth and essence of a scene than by standing before it and studying it carefully, according to Lopez. When he discovers a new vista, he enjoys setting up his easel on the spot. He uses various materials: oil and gouache, canvas to acrylic on newsprint and so forth.