|Lucio Lopez Rey|
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Oil on Masonite
24 x 24 inches
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Painter, sketcher, illustrator, ceramist and lawyer, Lucio López-Rey was born in Madrid, Spain, January 19, 1904. At the age of twelve, his drawings illustrated the magazine "Charlot.” By the age of 30, he was named artistic director of the newspaper “Politica” and his caricatures were reproduced there with great success. His first solo show was in 1935 at Galería de Bellas Artes, Madrid.
During the Spanish Civil War, López-Rey moved to Paris. While in Paris, he created many began creating works in ceramic. By 1939 he established himself in Copenhagen. The Danish National Museum acquired several of his ceramic artworks. Following the German invasion of Denmark, he traveled with his wife to Finland and from there to Mexico in 1942.
In 1945, López-Rey immigrated to New York where he had his first solo exhibition at the Bonestell Gallery. He exhibited again in 1946, winning the New Yorker art critics’ prize of $2,000, along with the title of Painting of the Year.
Between 1945 and 1954, López-Rey exhibited his works at numerous galleries, including Today' s Art, Stuart Art, Demotte, Raymond and Raymond, Knoedler, Passedoit, Ward Eggleston, and also in the Pan American Union building in Washington, D.C. López-Rey’s work fused Spanish tradition with modern techniques, which he exhibited in France, Sweden, Denmark, Mexico, Argentina and United States. López-Rey also worked as a magazine illustrator, taught as a professor of Spanish in United Nations and served as the artistic director of TEMAS Magazine in New York. López-Rey died of lung cancer on January 10, 1957, at the age of 53, in a New York.
Andrés Blaisten Museum
Summary of the Biography of the artist provided by his niece Diana López-Rey Arce, Santiago de Chile, 2004