Caracas: Armitano Editores, 2003. color plates, bio, bibls., chron., cat., color pict. d.j. Item #71815
Biography and work of painter López Méndez (b. Caracas, Venezuela 1901-1996), the youngest member of the Circulo de Arte of the National Academy of Fine Arts in Venezuela (he was only 11 years old), lived in exile in the US, Mexico, Europe and the Caribbean until his return in the late 1940's when he became part of the intellectual and cultural circle in Venezuela. His early paintings reflect his traveling experiences and the influence other international artists had on his works, at his return he paints powerful, full of color and light images that are a reflection of his own country. He is remembered by his paintings of flowers, sensuous feminine nudes, bodegones (still lifes), marine scenes and landscapes. He was the founder of the Galerias Greco, the first commercial gallery space in Venezuela dedicated to the promotion of local painters.