Jésica López

b. Monterrey, México, 1979.

Mexican artist based in Monterrey. Her body of work mainly consists of painting and drawing, with a particular interest in portraits, experimenting diverse formats, with a distinctive use of post-it notes. This format has given her the opportunity to create her own style. Post-its speak about ephemerality and immediacy, an object, which usually is disposable, but she transforms it into an artwork that transcends. López explores diverse topics in her work like the connections between appearance, representation and identity. She is very interested in celebrity culture and fashion, conceptually and aesthetically. Her style depicts her mastership of drawing and colour through the use of hyperrealist technique, it also reveals her strong interest in photography and commercial imagery. Her inspiration and conceptual framework have roots on different Art History references like David Hockney, Alex Katz, Richard Prince, Karen Kilimnik and Elizabeth Peyton. The series 101 Most Powerful Women (101 Mujeres Más Poderosas), Forbes 2006, Jésica López painted 100 portraits of the women featured in the list of Forbes Magazine (USA, 2006). López's sharp, well-executed portraits represent the fraught tension that power and fame play in politics, celebrity and business. López raises the issue of which are the boundaries between the public and private sphere when it comes to celebrities. López paints detailed portraits of public personas in such an intimate format like a post-it paper (frequently used for personal notes or reminders) that makes the  audience wonder about these intersections of private and public under the umbrella of pop culture. In her series Greetings to Gagarin: popularity is something irreparable (Saludos a Gagarin!: la popularidad es algo irreparable) for the Museum of Modern Art in Moscow, López addressed the perception and creation of the public image of the first man that travelled to the space. Her concern is to show how daily routines and domesticity drive people to look for the unknown and mysterious that represent open possibilities in the future.

Graduated from Facultad de Artes Visuales, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León (UANL) in 2001, Jésica López is an international artist that has under her belts diverse solo and group shows in a manifold of well reputed institutions and prominent commercial organisations. Among her most relevant shows are: Galería Enrique Guerrero, México, DF (2010); Galería Alternativa Once, Garza García, Monterrey (2003); Centro de las Artes II, Monterrey (2012); Mientras quepa en la maleta, Barcelona, España (2012); Body Snatchers, White Box Gallery, Nueva York and France (2012) and her solo show at the Museum of Modern Art, Moscow (2011). She has been awarded with different prizes and honorary mentions like from the Emerging art Biennial, Mexico City (2008) and acquisition prize of the XXIV Plastic Salon of Nuevo León, Casa de la Cultura de Nuevo León, Monterrey (2004). She was honoured with a merit based grant of emerging talents by FONCA, Mexico City (2008). She was selected for the greatly reputed FEMSA Biennial, Monterrey (2001). 

Her work also has been showcased in many international art fairs across Colombia, USA, Spain, Switzerland and China. She has also been professor at Facultad de Artes Visuales in Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León and La Salle International University. Her work isi part of private and public collections like Jumex, Colección Alma Colectiva, Natalia Toledo, Pinacoteca de Nuevo León in Mexico, Colombia and the United States. Her work has appeared in publications like Art in America, (NY); Amelia's Magazine (London); Nylon, (Mexico); Armas y Letras, (Mexico); Tierra adentro, (Mexico) and La Tempestad, (Mexico).


Jésica López, Series everyone is a potential provocateur, 2011. Acrylic on post-it . 15 x 10 cm. Framed

*Works can be sold individually or in groups