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     Ramon Oscar Lopez was born in Miami to a family of Cuban descent.  Although he grew up never meeting his father who was a welder, scholar, philosopher, self-taught musician, sculptor, and painter, Lopez showed artistic promise early on.  He began formal art training in Miami's top magnet art program at the age of 12.  He knew he wanted to continue his training by going to the prestigious New World School of the Arts High School where he won several local, regional, and national accolades, including Scholastic's American Vision Award and Honorable Mention in YoungArts.  Lopez graduated 6th in his class, demonstrating strong academic as well as artistic merit.

     After applying to five art schools for his undergraduate studies, Lopez made the very hard decision to decline a full merit scholarship from RISD, among other generous offers from MICA, Washington University St. Louis, and CIA.  He majored in Illustration at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, where he graduated with honors in 2008. 

     In 2009 he was offered an Art Internship working with national peace-mural artist, Ana Houng.  Later that year, he was awarded the Artist in Residency at the Miami Children’s Museum and he co-founded the Flagler Arts Space, LLC along with Anne Blazejack, Juan Travieso, Leo Castaneda, and Reinier Gamboa.  He has exhibited in the many art districts of Miami including the Design District, Bird Road, Coconut Grove, and Wynwood. 

     In 2015, Lopez graduated from FIU's College of Arts, Sciences, & Education with a Master of Science in Art Education; an atelier-styled program where he studied under art critic Dr. Alpesh Patel and Frost Professor David Chang.  His studies included Academic and Classical paradigms within Still-Life, Portraiture, and Landscape genres.  His thesis was a highly personal body of 8 works that dealt with issues of masculinity and identity.  These paintings were set in allegorical and nightmarish scenes where figures dwelled and interacted with each other.

     Lopez has committed further to art and community by educating some of the next generation of artists; he has taught at Doral Performing Arts & Entertainment Academy since 2010.  He has a wife and two sons and lives and works in Miami, Florida.

 

Education
2015   Master of Science | Florida International University, Miami, FL

2008   Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honors | Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA
2005   High School Diploma with Honors & Distinction | New World School of the Arts, Miami, FL

Solo Exhibitions

2013     Natura | CGAF Gallery, Coconut Grove, FL
2012     [PERSONAS] | ArtSeen Gallery, Wynwood Art District, Miami, FL

2011     People, Places, & $20.00 Things | Flagler Arts Space, LLC, Miami, FL
2008     Yard Sale | California Boulevard Complex, Pasadena, CA

2005     Artworks by Ray Lopez | Pinecrest Gardens Gallery, Pinecrest, FL

Group Exhibitions

2018     Alumni Art Exhibition | Frost Art Museum, Miami
2017     #BaselMeBaby | Wynwood Café & Lounge, Wynwood, Miami
2017     NWSA Alumni Silent Auction | FAENA Building, Miami Beach
2017     Backroom Sessions Vol. 6 | The Fish House, Miami
2017     PaintMeMiami Art Competition | Little Haiti Cultural Complex

2017     Alumni Art Exhibition | Presidential House, FIU, Miami
2016     PaintMeMiami Art Competition | Bakehouse Art Complex | Wynwood
2016     Juried Plein-Air Compeitition | Villa Paula Museum & Gallery, Miami

2015     Masters of Art Education Art Exhibition | Patricia & Philip Frost Art Museum, Miami
2015     Painting in the Gardens | Graham Center Gallery, FIU
2015     Miami Green Spaces | Miguel Rodez Art Projects, Bird Road Art District
2014     Sea Rising: A Survey of South Florida Artists | Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach
2014     Allegories for Time | Coconut Grove Arts Festival Gallery, Coconut Grove
2013     Drawing Exploration II | Miguel Rodez Art Projects, Bird Road Art District
2011     Porque, Cazador? | Flagler Arts Space, LLC
2011     80 Inches of Art | Sagamore Hotel, Miami Beach
​2011     Muralis | Flagler Arts Space, LLC
2011     Flagler Arts Space, Inaugural Exhibition | Flagler Arts Space, LLC
2010     Natural Selection | Hunter Gallery, Coconut Grove
2010     Crossing the Line | Buena Vista Building, Miami Design District
2010     Tres | Coconut Grove Arts Festival Gallery, Coconut Grove
​2010     Coast to Coast: 2-Man Show | Art With A Purpose Galleria, North Miami
2010     Coast to Coast: Works on Paper | ArtSeen Gallery, Wynwood Art District
2009     Coast to Coast 3-Person Show | CGAF Gallery, Coconut Grove
2009     Youngblood: New World Mixx | ArtSeen Gallery, Wynwood Art District
2008     Art Center Graduation Show | Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA


Awards + Publications

2015     Paint Me Miami, Second Place | City of Miami Regional Competition
2014     New + Emerging Artist Exhibitor | Coconut Grove Arts Festival
2013     “Natural Places” by Ray Lopez at the CGAF Gallery | Miami Herald Weekend Edition
2010     Artist in Residence | Miami Children's Museum
2005     “College bound artist in Pinecrest Gardens” | Pinecrest Tribune

Collections
Miami Children’s Museum Permanent Collection
Miami-Dade County Public Schools Permanent Collection
New World School of the Arts Permanent Alumni Collection
Dr. & Mrs. Mariani | Pinecrest, FL
Dr. & Mrs. Mariani, Jr. | South Miami, FL
Mr. & Mrs. Bloom | Coral Gables, FL