Head of Medusa
Luis Lopez Loza (Mexican, b. 1939)
MediumOil on canvas
DimensionsCanvas : 35 3/8 x 27 3/8 in. (89.85 x 69.53 cm)
Frame : 36 1/4 x 28 1/2 in. (92.07 x 72.39 cm)
Credit LineHope College Collection
LabelLuis Lopez Loza received his artistic training at the National School for Painting, Sculpture and Printmaking in Mexico City and at the Pratt Graphic Art Center in New York. His work won awards at several major international art exhibitions in the late 1960s and early 70s, which in turn earned Lopez Loza multiple invitations to travel and study in Europe and the United States during the late 1970s and 80s. Influenced by Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism, Lopez Loza’s work hovers between figuration and abstraction and his compositions often explore relationships between color and form. This painting is a highly stylized image of Medusa, a character from classical mythology who had snakes for hair and eyes that turned people to stone.