Ever since Angelo Lopez was a child he has drawn on any scrap of paper he could get a hold of. When Angelo went to San Jose State University, his college paintings were heavily influenced by the humorous illustrations of Peter De Seve, an illustrator for the New Yorker magazine. Angelo also fell under the spell of the great muralists of the 1930s, especially Thomas Hart Benton and Diego Rivera. He graduated with a degree in Illustration.
Since his time in college, he has illustrated 3 books: Two Moms the Zark and Me by Johnny Valentine in 1993; Night Travelers by Sue Hill in 1994; and Cherubic Children’s New Classic Story Book Volume 2 for Cherubic Press in 1998. Angelo has painted murals for Lester Shields Elementary School in San Jose, the Berryessa branch of the San Jose Public Library, and the Sunnyvale Public Library.
Angelo Lopez has had illustrations published in Tikkun Magazine, the Palo Alto Daily News and Z Magazine. From April 2008 to May 2011, Angelo’s cartoons were regularly published in the Tri-City Voice, a weekly newspaper that covers the Fremont, Hayward, Milpitas, Neward, Sunol and Union City areas in California. Since December 2011, Angelo does a regular weekly political cartoon for the Philippines Today, a Filipino American newspaper based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Since March 2013, he has also contributed cartoons to the Manila Mail, a Filipino American newspaper based in Washington D.C.
Angelo is a member of the Northern California chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, as well as the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists. During the 1990s, he was a member of the part-timer workers SEIU unit in the city of Sunnyvale.
Angelo won the 2013 Sigma Delta Chi award for editorial cartooning for newspapers with a circulation under 100,000.
Angelo is married to Lisa Reeber. They enjoy taking walks, watching movies and hanging out with their nieces.
A quote by Thomas Hart Benton continues to inspire Angelo. Benton wrote:
“I know there is no such thing as failure in the pursuit of art. Merely to survive in that pursuit is a success. Pictures may fail to please, movements may fail to survive, but the artist has his rewards anyway. He may lose his public and his market and still get full compensation for his efforts. Quite apart from the public values of art – those which give it significance in the social history of a people – the act of artistic creation has its own psychological payoff and a very considerable one. The rewards of art, for the artist himself, are concomitants of its practice. The only way an artist can personally fail is to quit work.”