Jose Lopez Vergara was born in Mexico City in 1994 and raised in Madrid, Spain. In 2003 he had an accident that permanently impaired the movement of his right arm. During a long recovery period he was encouraged to cultivate his interest in drawing and develop his innate artistic abilities. Jose spent his teenage years painting murals with spray paint and creating hyper realistic drawings with colored pencils. Having explored different creative paths, finally his interests led him to oil painting. He then went on to study classical drawing and painting from 2016 to 2021 in Florence and New York following a tradition that goes back to the Renaissance.
Vergara’s work centers on the search for an idealized representation of everyday life, current events and universal emotion. He’s influenced by art of many cultures of the past and present. Although his realist technique requires a strict methodology and rational thinking, his compositions rely on subconscious impulses and demand an abstract expression. His interest in the silhouette and minimal design plays a central role in his work and continues to open many paths for exploration.
Jose has been interviewed and featured in the Huffington Post and Juxtapoz Magazine amongst other renowned online journals. His work can be found in private collections in Europe, Mexico and the US including the permanent collection of the New Salem Museum in Massachusetts.
Jose currently lives and works in his studio in Madrid, Spain.
- Grand Central Atelier, 2019 – 2021
- Angel Academy of Art, 2016 - 2018
- 2019 The Masters Academy of Art. Head Start Student Competition Grand Prize Winner.
- 2019 14th ARC Salon Dual Category Award.
- 2019 14th ARC Salon Honorable Mention.
- 2019 14th ARC Salon (San Diego Fashion Week Award).
- 2018 ARC Scholarship Competition 3rd Place.