Leah Lopez was born in New Mexico where brilliant colors are the backdrop for a unique landscape, where diverse cultures have converged with tradition and art, making it a “Land of Enchantment”. Growing up in the midst of this was the beginning of the woman and artist we know today. However, Leah would meet many challenges. As a child, Leah’s creative growth was stifled by a devoutly religious family. She imagined a life where she could freely express her creative passions and began plotting her escape. At age 18, Leah decided to pursue it and was rejected by her friends and family.
Leah spent the next few years immersed in the study of drawing and painting. When possible, she’d take classes then return to her studio and experiment for days and nights. Eventually, she developed a dexterous handling of her favorite medium and Leah became a well-known emerging artist in the Southwest. Around this time, she reunited with her sister. Though, grateful for the time they had together, it was short lived when her sister died in an accident. Devastated and seeking solace, Leah recalled how they shared the love of the stories with characters living lives full of adventure. And for Leah the greatest place for an adventure was New York City.
Life has a strange way of repeating itself. Once again, taking just the necessities and a few months’ rent, Leah began a new journey into an unknown world. She recalls, “I've always been an explorer and a seeker, these experiences serve as inspiration for my paintings”. New York would prove to be her greatest challenge. Leah had to work harder than ever and her hard work paid off when she opened up the Leah Lopez Atelier at Union Square. As an artist, she is highly respected and her paintings are celebrated. With gallery representation across the states and students flocking to the Atelier to study, She maintains the same hard working schedule to develop her latest body of work. More than ever, Leah’s paintings are passionately inspired by her life and experiences on this riveting, creative journey.
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