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Don't miss Raphael López’ Studio tour LIVE from his San Diego studio on Thursday, October 14, 2021!

Some Fun Things Coming Up at FAM!


Image of Rafael at work in his San Diego studio.

Rafael at work in his San Diego studio.





Rafael López is an internationally recognized illustrator and artist whose work brings diverse characters to children’s books. The Art of the Word: Celebrating Differences exhibition currently at FAM features his illustrations for the children’s book Just Ask! Be Different, Be Brave, Be You written by United States Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

He is driven to produce and promote books that reflect and honor the lives of all young people. Born and raised in Mexico City to architect parents, Rafael López was immersed in the rich visual heritage, music, and surrealism of his native culture. He is a two-time winner of a #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator award, once for Just Ask! and another time for The Day You Begin written by Jacqueline Woodson. He has two Pura Belpré Medals as the award-winning illustrator of Drum Dream Girl and Book Fiesta! and three Pura Belpré Honor awards as the illustrator of Tito Puente: Mambo King; The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred; and My Name Is Celia: The Life of Celia Cruz.

Rafael is a founder of the Urban Art Trail movement in San Diego’s East Village. His murals can also be found in urban areas, at children’s hospitals, in public schools, under freeways, and at farmers markets around the country, including a community mural at Cedar and Tulare Avenues in Fresno. His community work with murals is the subject of the children’s book Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood. Rafael has also been commissioned to create seven United States postal stamps. In 2008 and 2012, he was asked to create official posters for the Obama campaign to win the pivotal Latino

These days, Rafael lives and works in an industrial loft in downtown San Diego and at his home/studio in the colonial town of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

Note that this studio tour will be recorded and available to be viewed by non-members of the Museum within a few weeks of the live tour.

Museum members: Click here to register!

Limited to 100 log-ins

Please note that registrations for this studio tour after 5 p.m., Wednesday, October 13, 2021, may not be confirmed.

Rafael’s book is available from The Museum Store!

This is the book featured in our current FAM exhibition Art of the Word: Celebrating Differences.

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