Sergio Lopez, born in 1983, is a graduate of the Academy of Art in San Francisco – and is an exemplary painter in a variety of mediums. His artistic knowledge ballooned when he discovered his love of oil painting and charcoal drawing. He filled sketchbook after sketchbook with observations from life as well as drawings from his imagination. The Golden Age illustrators, Bravura painters, contemporary artists, concept designers, graffiti writers, and photographers have been some of his strongest influences in his pursuit of painting. He continues to study by visiting museums and observing the Great Masters, which he strives to learn lessons of beauty from. His paintings of female nudes are unique and arresting. They have been soaring in popularity since they first began appearing in publications such as Juxtapoz, Hi-Fructose, Spectrum, Bluecanvas, and more online publications than are fit to list here. He has even been selected twice as a finalist for the Art Renewal Center's prestigious yearly Salon. Sergio continues to work in a variety of mediums and styles. From oil and gouache landscapes in and out of the studio to nude gesture studies in newsprint, he enjoys it all. Sergio especially enjoys discovering new vistas, setting up his easel, and creating a piece on the spot. He believes there is no better way to discover the truth and essence of a scene than by standing before it and studying it carefully. Sergio is a native of Sonoma County. He finds the area ever-inspiring, and never ceases to find a new gorgeous area no matter how often he explores. Since he began participating in plein air events in 2010, Sergio has won multiple awards, including Epperson Gallery's Valona Paint Out best of show award two years in a row, 3 awards in the 2010 Paint San Clemente Festival, 2nd place Artist Choice Award for Telluride Plein Air 2013, and Honorable Mention in the Alameda Plein Air event two years in a row. He uses the knowledge gained from painting outdoors in his studio paintings. He also is the co-founder of the North Bay Plein Air Painters group and has been helping organize monthly paint-outs since 2009 . Solo Exhibitions Modern Eden Gallery: “Painted Roses,” 2011, “Sacred Spring,” 2012, San Francisco, CA. Epperson Gallery: Solo Exhibition, 2013, Crockett, CA. Yo El Rey Presents: The Art of Sergio Lopez. Calistoga, CA. 2010, 2012. Selected Group Exhibitions 2014 Elliott Fouts Gallery: “40 and Under 2014,” Sacramento, CA. Robert Lange Studios: “Braving The Elements.” Charleston, SC. 2013 Spoke Art Gallery: “Moleskine Project #3,” San Francisco, CA. Robert Lange Studios: “North VS. South,” Charleston, SC. Christopher Queen Gallery: “Arts & Crafts Aesthetic,” “Animal Fare.” 2012 Christopher Queen Gallery: “Human Nature,” “Yesterday and Today(35th Anniversary Exhibition)” 2011 Christopher Queen Gallery: 35th Anniversary Show. Duncans Mills, CA. En Plein Air: Alameda and Beyond. Frank Bette Center For The Arts, Alameda, CA. 2010 Randy Higbee Gallery: “6 Inch Squared.” Costa Mesa, CA. Epperson Gallery: “Best of Valona Paint-out.” Crockett, CA. Christopher Queen Gallery: “The Frugal Collector.” Duncans Mills, CA. Christopher Queen Gallery: “Fish Tales.” Duncans Mills, CA. 2009 Christopher Queen Gallery: “Chasing The Moon.” Duncan Mills, CA. Club Six, “Juxtapoz Release Party.” San Francisco, CA. Awards Sonoma Plein Air: Grand Prize (Artist Choice Award), 2013. Telluride Plein Air: Artist Choice, 2nd Place. 2013. Pacific Northwest Plein Air, 3rd Place Award, Vintners Pick, 2012. The Artist’s Magazine 28th Annual Art Competition (Portraits/Figures) Finalist, 2010. Valona Paint Out, Best of Show, 2010-2011. 9th Annual Paint San Clemente, 2nd, 4th, Honorable Mention Awards, 2010. International Artist Magazine: Seascapes, Rivers and Streams, 2nd Place Award. Pacific Northwest Plein Air, Best Downtown, 2011. Accolades Artrenewal.org Finalist, Imaginative Realism:, 2013,2014. Bluecanvas.com Featured Artist: January 11-17, 2011. Artistaday.com Featured Artist: December 26th, 2010. Juxtapoz Featured Artist: June 28th, 2009.