About Angelo Lopez

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.”

12 Responses to About Angelo Lopez

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  2. Teddy Harvia says:

    I love your Jasper the cat. My own humor tends more toward puns, but I appreciate political cartoons.

  3. I just read your long and evocative 2009 (!) blog about Muriel Rukeyser, the poet, who you seem to have been led to by reading my essay as her student about her. Your cartoon and then your emotional, appreciative writing about Muriel is delightful, as is your long quoting from her son, William’s, essay and then your printing of enough of Muriel’s poems to bring her work to a whole new generation of readers. Thanks for caring so much. Keep your work and your caring going. yours, Elaine Edelman

  4. Hi Anjelo,

    I would like permission to reproduce this cartoon of yours on my blog. Would you that be OK with you? http://wp.production.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/files/2013/11/fundamentalism.jpeg

    I can’t find an email address for you, hence leaving the comment here. I really like your work.

  5. Apologies for the typo on your name, Angelo!

  6. Hi Angelo,
    Love your cartoons. Would like permission to use the 2009 cartoon on Matthew 25:31-46 (whatever you do to the least of these) in a weekly worship bulletin, but cannot find a way to contact you. Thanks, Michael

    • angelolopez says:

      Hi Michael, sorry for the late reply. I don’t get many comments on my blog, so I don’t look very often to see if anyone comments.

      Feel free to use my cartoon for your bulletin. You have a great 2018!

  7. Jessica says:

    I am writing from the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, California, to invite you to appear at the Museum as a Cartoonist-in-residence. The Museum hosts a guest cartoonist (or Cartoonist-in-Residence) on the second Saturday of every month, from 1:00 – 3:00 pm. Cartoonists show and sell their work, answer questions from visitors, and often work on something while here. The program is very informal and usually results in a series of one-on-one conversations between our visitors and guest cartoonist. Past Cartoonists-in-residence have included artists like Paul Madonna, Raina Telgemeier, Jeff Kinney, and Mark Fiore, among others.
    While we are unable to pay cartoonists for their time, we invite you to sell your work while here and we do our best to make it a fun, valuable, and worthwhile experience for the cartoonist as well as for our visitors.
    I am currently looking for cartoonists for January 13, 2018 and May 12, 2018 and beyond. Please let me know if you have any questions at all about our program and if you are interested and available to appear at the Museum as a Cartoonist-in-Residence. We would be honored to have you here as part of our Cartoonist-in-Residence series.
    Thank you for your consideration.
    Jessica Ruskin
    Education Director
    Charles M. Schulz Museum
    2301 Hardies Lane
    Santa Rosa, CA 95403

    • angelolopez says:

      Dear Jessica, thank you very much for your comment. I apologize for the late response. I don’t get very many messages in my blog, so I didn’t look at it much in December. I would love to be a Cartoonist-in-residence for the Charles Schulz Museum. I’m guessing January is too late, but I would be open for May 12 or some other date. Please let me know if there is still an opportunity to be a part of this for 2018. I look forward to your reply.

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