Antonio Lopez


    • Male
    • Painter

    About the artist

    1943: Born in Puerto Rico
    1987: Died in Los Angeles

    Antonio Lopez was born in Utuado, Puerto Rico. When he was seven years old, his family moved to New York City. 

    His parents influenced him to apply his artistic talents to fashion. While attending the F.I.T. he began an internship at Women's Wear Daily which led to him leaving school and working at the publication. Shortly afterward he left for a position at the New York Times.

    Lopez worked in close collaboration with Juan Eugene Ramos. He also did illustrations of fashion designs by Charles James.

    In 1969 he moved to Paris along with Ramos and was an associate of Karl Lagerfeld; he stayed there until the mid-1970s. Antonio discovered Jessica Lange in1974. He discovered Jerry Hall and lived with her in Paris at the beginning of her modeling career. Lopez and Ramos also discovered Grace Jones and Tina Chow.

    In additions to books of his fashion illustration, the book Antonio's Tales From the Thousand and One Nights was published in 1985. The book was the inspiration for Marc Jacobs' 2007 "Arabian Nights" event.

    Lopez died of complications related to AIDS on March 17, 1987. He was 44 years old.

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