Thursday, May 5, 2022, from 6-8 p.m.
Mingei Museum Theater (Basement Level)
Balboa Park | Plaza de Panama, 1439 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
Cash Bar by Urban Kitchen Group
Full-Time Students: FREE
General Admissions: $25
AIGA Members: $15
AIGA is proud to premiere the Intrépido Speaker Series.
Join AIGA San Diego for Intrépido 01 on Thursday, May 5th at the Mingei International Museum. This premiere event features Rafael López, an internationally recognized and award-winning illustrator and artist.
Rafael exemplifies fearless design, incredible heart, and living without borders. He is a celebrated bestselling illustrator, known for multiple award-winning children’s books and large-scale community murals around the nation. Born in Mexico City, Rafael now divides his time between a loft in downtown San Diego’s East Village and the bohemian artist colony of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
Rafael Lopez is a world-renown illustrator and artist. Driven by a desire to reflect and honor the lives of all young people, López has brought an array of diverse characters to life through award-winning children's books.
He has two New York Times #1 bestsellers and three Pura Belpré Medals from the American Library Association. Rafael’s latest book, The Little Book of Joy, was a collaboration with His Holiness The Dalai Lama and the late Archbishop Desmond Tutu, written to inspire children to look for joy in challenging times.
He has designed 13 United States Postal Stamps including the Mariachi Forever series and an elephant stamp due out this year. In 2022 López will serve as the first guest artist of the Smithsonian National Postal Museum in Washington D.C. Lopez recently created 74 portraits that will be featured in the collection of the Smithsonian’s Latino Center, the first museum space dedicated to the Latino experience on the National Mall.
Rafael has collaborated with noteworthy clients worldwide, including Amnesty International, Apple, HarperCollins, IBM, Intel, the Library of Congress, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, Simon & Schuster, the Grammy Awards, the United States Forest and Postal Services, The Washington Post and The World Wildlife Fund.
López’s work with large scale murals like those found throughout San Diego’s East Village Urban Art Trail inspired the children’s book Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood.