Born in Havana, Cuba, Raida Lopez is a renowned abstract expressionist whose paintings, prints and mixed media have appeared in galleries and museums around the world. Lopez’s art often includes the human form, sometimes interlaced with vegetation or unidentified objects, always flowing, as if in motion. Lopez leaves the message of each piece up to the beholder. The ambiguity is what captures the viewer’s interest. Lopez grew up in an artistic home cultivated by her mother, also a talented visual artist. At an early age, Lopez expressed her artistry through dance, which may explain why movement is a key element in her paintings today. Lopez began her formal study of art with a Bachelor in Fine Arts from the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida. Since graduation, Lopez has exhibited her art in individual and group shows, as well as in national and international competitions. Her work has appeared in cities across the United States, and internationally in Madrid, Barcelona, Frankfurt, Saint Amand Montrond and Livorno. Her works have received numerous awards and critical accolades. Several of her pieces are included in esteemed public and private collections, among them: Museum of the Americas, Miami, Florida; Galerie Thomas Lang, Hanau, Germany; Full Sail University, Orlando, Florida; Leibniz University, Santa Fe, New Mexico; Charlotte Heart Vascular Institute, Port Charlotte, Florida; and the Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota, Florida.