So one of the artist that my classmates and I got to interview was Kelvin Lopez; I’m inferring that his nationality is Hispanic off his name. Kelvin stated that his art life started in his hometown of San Diego. He was always interested in art, so the first art class he took was in his freshmen year of high school; Kelvin said he was horrible. In fact, other students used to make fun of him. Furthermore, after he graduated from his high school, he attended a community college in San Diego, where he got his associates degree in art.
He then transfers to CSULB, he discussed that he took a draw and paint class and he removed it right after. He disliked that the classroom was always stuffy and hot, very unventilated. Continues by saying that he also got headaches from the oils of the paint used in the class. Eventually, he turns to the screen printing genre of art. He turned very good at screen printing because he enjoyed it. He says that the multiply layers that it takes to do an art piece in screen printing made him neat, OCD.
He is now a senior at CSULB, actually he has a job in the university where he screen prints. At the moment he has a solo exhibition in the Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery between FA3 and FA2 named “SCRY BABY”. A couple of the art pieces he has to show have to do with crystals. He stated that all of his pieces are of his personal life; I took a few pictures of them, which you can see are under this post. He says that the people in his prints are either him, his nephew, or his dog Lou. On top of his personal photos, he adds a few layers of crystals. His ex girlfriend introduced him to crystals, when she gave him a type of crystal named green onyx. He got more into crystals with time; he sees them as very spiritual and beautiful.
Also, one of the picture I took seemed very weird so I asked him about it, he states that it’s a screen shot from a music video. The music video is from the band “Portugal the Man” and the song is named “Noise Pollution.” The piece that I’m referring to is the one with a guy climbing down a tree. He enjoys the band after he actually has contact with them.
Kelvin was a great/nice artist to discuss with, not only because I enjoy his art but because he is very unique and talented. He gave the students his Instagram (@Klart760). I hope he gets his BFA in CSULB, finishes grad school, and becomes a part time art instructor like he dreams about.
Artist: Kelvin Lopez
Exhibition: SCRY BABY
Media: Screen Printing, Crystals, Personal Life
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery