A tribute to the unique Puerto Rican fashion illustrator and artist Antonio Lopez (1943 –1987)
Lopez worked from the early 60’s into the 80’s using a variety of materials, including pencil, pen and ink, charcoal and watercolor.
Above a warrior from Antonio’s sketchbook (early 80’s) and following are some of the famous Missoni ads, created at the peak of his career, around 1985.
Lopez designed advertising campaigns in many parts of the world. Working for and with manufacturers, publications, retailers and with models he had discovered and whose careers he had fostered (Jerry Hall). He also designed jewelry and conceptual fashion items, graphic collaboration on Interview and installations. Lopez pursued various art forms and with his constantly changing, flamboyant style dominates fashion illustration for almost two decades.Some of Antonio’s famous illustrations are portraits of the 80’s major fashion icons, who were more often than not his friends, people like Jerry Hall, Paloma Picasso and Grace Jones.
Paloma Picasso for Yves Saint Laurent (1984 ad)
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80’s Vogue editorial
Antonio Lopez earlier works (60’s-70’s)
Antonio Lopez and his friend / partner Juan Eugene Ramos, both died complications related to AIDS (March 1987/ November 1995) He was forty-four years old.
all pix + info from Google