Ana Gabriela Lopez Castro
Ana Gabriela Lopez C. is a Mexican Visual Artist based in Toronto. Her artistic formation started in the areas of photography and printmaking. She established herself in Toronto in 2008, and she is an active exponent of the Mexican art and culture throughout her prints and alebrijes, fantastic figures created of paper mache.
Ana has participated in diverse exhibitions in Canada and Mexico since 2000 to present, some of the most recent are: Happening 2019, organized for Muse Arts and The Day of the Death at Harbourfront Theatre, during the presentation of Mexican Dance Show, organized by Casa Cultural Mexicana Toronto.
Thoughts About Art and Community
My work is inspired by Mexican folk art, colourful, diverse and rich. Through my work I want to show that learning other cultures we can create communities inspired by each other, also the diverse mediums I use shows the different possibilities to create work.
I believe that making art with the community, I can bring the spark to their lives, build new relationships, and they can see how there are infinite ways to express their emotions and feelings, freely in non-judgemental spaces. I hear from a Developmental Psychologist Gordon Neufeld who says: "arts are the playgrounds for our emotions".
I can facilitate workshops of printmaking and paper mache, (alebrijes, fantastic Mexican creatures), or visual arts programs for all ages.