Antonio Lopez

Antonio Lopez was born in Utuado, Puerto Rico in 1943. His family moved to Spanish Harlem in 1950 where he showed early promise as an artist making drawings for his mother who was a seamstress and dressmaker. In the early 1960s he enrolled on a course at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York where he met Juan Ramos who became his life long partner, and collaborator. While a student at FIT he participated in a work-study program at Womens Wear Daily where his talent was immediately recognized. He was offered a job at WWD and dropped out of FIT before joining The New York Times in 1963 where his style continued to develop. He was soon freelancing for Harper’s Bazaar, British Vogue and French Elle.

In 1969 he moved to Paris with Ramos where they lived in an apartment owned by Karl Lagerfeld. At this point he was being commissioned by all the leading fashion magazines and contributed several pages of drawings to the April in Paris issue of Andy Warhol’s Interview Magazine. Antonio and Ramos returned to New York in 1975 and set up a studio at 876 Broadway. Three years later they moved into a space on Union Square West.
 In 1981 he began collaborating with Anna Piaggi on the magazine Vanity. His self-portrait graced the cover of the first issue launched in September 1981.

Amongst many others, Antonio hung out with and drew Jerry Hall, with whom he shared a flat, Grace Jones, Pat Cleveland, Tina Chow and Jessica Lange, all of whom featured in the 1982, Antonio Girls published by New York Congreve. This book was followed in 1985 by Antonio’s Tales of 1001 Nights published by Stewart, Tabori & Chang.

Antonio died from an AIDS related illness in Los Angeles 1987. He was forty four years old.

Antonio Lopez - For Fashions of The Times

Unique Work

Antonio Lopez

For Fashions of The Times

1966

Antonio Lopez - Mademoiselle

Unique Work

Antonio Lopez

Mademoiselle

1965

Antonio Lopez - Andy Warhol

Unique Work

Antonio Lopez

Andy Warhol

1978

Antonio Lopez - For Vanity

Unique Work

Antonio Lopez

For Vanity

1983

Antonio Lopez - Valentino for Vanity

Unique Work

Antonio Lopez

Valentino for Vanity

1982

British Vogue, Apr 15th 1968 - Antonio López

Magazine

British Vogue

featuring work by Antonio López

Apr 15th 1968

French Elle, Mar 1967 - Antonio López

Magazine

French Elle

featuring work by Antonio López

Mar 1967

French Elle, May 11th 1967 - Antonio López

Magazine

French Elle

featuring work by Antonio López

May 11th 1967

Antonio 60 70 80 - Juan Ramos

Book

Antonio 60 70 80

Juan Ramos

Published by Schirmer/Mosel,1994

Antonio’s People - Paul Caranicas

Book

Antonio’s People

Paul Caranicas

Published by Thames & Hudson, 2004