Pepe López (b. 1966, Caracas) is a Venezuelan artist who lives and works between Paris and Caracas.
López works in a variety of mediums, including painting, sculpture, tapestry, collage, photography,
video and performance. He has worked on major multidisciplinary projects at institutions such as the
Puffin Foundation, New York City; Sala Mendoza, Caracas and Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas.
López’s practice is deeply rooted in the foundations of Latin American abstraction, whilst his process
interrogates aspects of contemporary life such as violence, terrorism, consumerism and
identity politics. In his latest series of works, López has worked with artisans from the Wayuus people
of the Guajira Peninsula in Venezuela and carpet weavers from Uttar Pradesh in India, as well as
artisans from Petare, a high density urban area in Caracas. Together they have woven traditional
colourful tapestries and carpets based on images of cities by López, inspired by technological
mapping systems. In another recent series, the artist has painted and woven fashion logos on
traditional indigenous baskets to make a ‘cartography of consumerism’, transforming everyday
objects into allegorical representations of complaint