(1957 San Bartolo Coyotepec, Oax. México)
At the age of fifteen, he started to study painting in the School of Fine Arts of the Benito Juarez Autonomous University of Oaxaca. He was a founding member of the Rufino Tamayo Visual Arts Workshop in Oaxaca. He has taught in several cultural centers in the state of Oaxaca.
Abelardo López took third place in the thirteenth National Contest for Visual Art students in 1978. His work is in the collection of the Rayo Roldadillo Museum in Colombia. His landscapes have been shown in dozens of exhibitions in Mexico and the United States.
He says, “I like to paint the region where I grew up. I don’t want to present nature exactly the way it is, rather I try to interpret it. I like cloudless skies, natural forms without shadows, painting something not seen before, invented. I paint in the manner that pleases me the most, with my own seal and style. When I paint I let my emotions and my imagination lead me to depict nature, more than by resorting to rigid planning.”