Angela Lopez is a visual artist whose paintings and sculptures depict bodies in various magical states of generation and decay. She is also the founder and programer of Extended Practice.
From a young age, Lopez witnessed chronic illness in her family and experienced loss. She has an intimate understanding of the body as both fragile and impermanent. As a mother she also recognizes the body’s power to heal, and grow life. These experiences inform her work as she grapples with these split states, simultaneously addressing healing, loss and growth.
She has exhibited her work nationally in solo and group exhibitions, including at 6018 North in Chicago IL, Napoleon Gallery in Philadelphia PA and Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago IL. She has been the recipient of several honors including an IAP cultural grant, artist residency at Wedge projects in Chicago, and the Center Program Scholarship at Hyde Park Art Center. In addition to her art practice Angela is the co-creator of Extended Practice, an artist-run initiative created to support the work and needs of artists who are mothers.
Angela, a Chicago native and enthusiast, lives and works in Chicago. She holds a BFA from Kansas City Art Institute, and an MFA from Northwestern University. When she is not working in the arts, she is likely finishing up a cup of coffee and riding her bike to some nature spot with her son.