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Antonio López

  • Antonio López © Bernabé Cordón / EL MUNDO

    Antonio López © Bernabé Cordón / EL MUNDO



Sculpture, Painting



Date of birth

Jan 6, 1936

"He is considered the father of the hyper-realist school of Madrid. The themes which define his style are the temporary nature and deterioration of things."

He was born in Tomelloso (Ciudad Real) in 1936, and studied at the San Fernando School of Fine Arts between 1950 and 1955. In 1957 he held his first exhibition in the Atheneum in Madrid. In the 1950s his work took a sharp turn towards realistic precision. He distanced himself from hyper-realism by using traditional techniques and methods, and by assuming an intimate and lyrical style. His subject matter ranges from views of Madrid, family portraits, everyday objects and elements from nature. In 1993 he was elected a member of the San Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts.


Príncipe de Asturias Award for the Arts (1985)
Madrid Region Culture Award (2000)
Velázquez Plastic Arts Award (2006) 

Essential works

  • El sol del membrillo. Photo courtesy of the Spanish Film Archive

    El sol del membrillo (interpretation)

    Documentary film which follows the process of creating of a work of art. The result could be seen as a metaphor on the passage of time and the difficulty of capturing an instant for ever.

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Other highlighted works

  • Gran Vía in Madrid
  • Woman in the bath
  • Man and Woman
  • Vallecas
  • View of Madrid from the Tío Pío hill

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