Artist Statement / Biography
My artwork amalgamates archives and memories of war into abstractions of vibrant colors, patterns, and shapes. Through wide-scale collages, I use printmedia, big data, and averaging algorithms to create compositions that try to find meaning in the chaos of conflict.
As a survivor of war and a war refugee, I explore the relationship between lived experience and representation, between remembering and forgetting. My work searches for the proper artistic response to pain and suffering and interrogates whether it is right to seek inspiration from atrocities.
Through these compositions, I explore my experience as a contemporary artist in the age of big data, social networks, and the 24-hour news cycle. Here, the burin, ink, and pixel make the most sense.
Eddy A. López, born in Matagalpa, Nicaragua in the midst of the Sandinista revolution, is an artist whose work amalgamates archives and memories of war into abstractions of vibrant colors, patterns, and shapes. López uses big data, averaging algorithms, and printmedia to create wide-scale collage compositions that try to find meaning in a chaotic world.
López’s work has been exhibited at the the International Print Center New York, The Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, the Janet Turner Print Museum, the North American Print Biennial, ArtMiami, ArtPalm Beach, among others. His recent solo exhibitions include Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow at the Haas Gallery in Bloomsburg, PA; Beautiful War at the Carroll Gallery in Huntington, WV, and the Samek Art Museum in Lewisburg, PA; and Remixes, at the Vandiver Gallery in Anderson, SC. He is the recipient of various awards and grants including an Andrew Mellon Foundation Fellow. López’s work can be found in the collections of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Frost Art Museum, Zuckerman Museum of Art, Jaffe Center for Book Arts, Miami-Dade County Public Library, El Minia University, Cairo, and more.
López received an MFA in printmaking from the University of Miami, and a BFA in Painting and Printmaking as well as a BA in Art History from Florida International University. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor of Art at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.