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Antonio Lopez, Body Study (Lacrosse), Louis Falco Dance Company, 1985, graphite on paper, 17 × 14".

Antonio Lopez, Body Study (Lacrosse), Louis Falco Dance Company, 1985, graphite on paper, 17 × 14".

Antonio Lopez

Daniel Cooney Fine Art

Antonio Lopez (1943–1987) was born in Utuado, Puerto Rico, and relocated with his family to New York’s Spanish Harlem in 1950, where he honed his artistic inclinations by assisting his mother and father in their respective occupations: dressmaker and mannequin producer. In the early 1960s, while studying at the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan, Lopez met Juan Ramos (1942–1995). For a time, they were lovers, but it was their lifelong creative partnership—Lopez as illustrator, Ramos as art director—that established their preeminence in the fashion industry for more than twenty years, until Lopez’s untimely death from AIDS-related complications.

Lopez supercharged his drawings with sumptuous colors and an electrifying sexual potency. He had an almost preternatural instinct for discovering sitters with whom he felt a spiritual bond, be they dancers, street kids, hustlers, or

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