Benjamin Orozco Lopez

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Benjamin Orozco Lopez

ARC Associate Living Master TM

24 artworks

Mexican

Born 1964

http://www.orozcoarte.com

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Homage to Vermeer

Oil on canvas

90 x 120 cms | 35 1/4 x 47 ins

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Nothing is what it looks like

Oil on canvas

90 x 80 cms | 35 1/4 x 31 1/4 ins

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Admiral Jose Rafael Ojeda Duran

Oil on linen

60 x 50 cms | 23 1/2 x 19 1/2 ins

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Admiral Vidal Francisco Soberon Sanz

Oil on linen

60 x 50 cms | 23 1/2 x 19 1/2 ins

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Art Today

Oil on linen

90 x 120 cms | 35 1/4 x 47 ins

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Brig. Gral. Julio Alvarez Arellano

Oil on canvas

80 x 60 cms | 31 1/4 x 23 1/2 ins

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Coca-Cola Fan

Oil on linen

120 x 90 cms | 47 x 35 1/4 ins

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Death's day

Oil on panel

40 x 40 cms | 15 1/2 x 15 1/2 ins

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Knight of the seas

Oil on canvas

90 x 120 cms | 35 1/4 x 47 ins

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Lawyer Fausto Rico Alvarez

Oil on canvas

60 x 50 cms | 23 1/2 x 19 1/2 ins

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Master BENJAMÍN OROZCO LÓPEZ (Mexico City, 1964) was inclined towards art since his childhood, which was always surrounded by brushes, colors and the instruments of the arts of drawing and painting, thanks to the continuous presence of his father, the Master Benjamín Orozco Méndez (1933-2012) who developed his art in the studio he had set up in his own home.

Growing up in a medium like the now almost extinct world of Mexican comics has always marked him. While still very young, he explained to his father the concern that he had had for a long time, to collaborate as a draftsman in the company (”Grupo Editorial Vid”) where he worked. His father recognized the restlessness that Benjamin had, like the same one that had made him an important artist of the Mexican comic strip. But the road was not easy, so his father began teaching drawing and painting step by step, essential for a decent job.

For him, that was how at the age of 15, eager to learn, he committed himself to carrying out each and every one of the tasks that his father imposed on him. He soon found himself involved in the fascinating world of composition, anatomy, successful handling of different materials, graphic narrative, sequential art, life drawing, etc.

The time and effort invested saw its first fruits when on June 9, 1982, at just 18 years of age, the first comic strip completely drawn by him was published, a pocket copy (”Mini Ciencia Ficción”) which would be followed by endless titles such as: Tears and Laughter, “Mini Terror”, “Mini Aventuras”, Archi, Popeye, Little Lulu, The Lucky Rabbit, Mad, etc., making his art available to the general public, both children, youth and adults nationwide, who welcomed his work and contributing a fresh vision to the so-called "ninth art" of that time, having the privilege of being one of the cartoonists who were part of the “ golden age” of the Mexican Comics.

Parallel to the drawing of comics, whose technique was Chinese ink on cardboard (black and white), Benjamin continued to study with his father pictorial techniques such as watercolor, oil and gouache. In the pre-digital era, it was essential to adequately master the materials and techniques of traditional painting, to generate the full-color images that appeared on the covers of various publications; and this is what Benjamín dedicated himself to, managing in a short time to become one of the company's "Star" cover artists.

His work was widely accepted by people, so much that he soon began to receive job offers from other companies that did not publish comics, but other types of magazines. That is how he received a call from Abraham Zabludovzky, a renowned journalist who was interested in having his paintings for some of the covers of the newspaper weekly "Época", an informative and opinion publication. Simultaneously, his work spread to an infinity of renowned publishing companies, including “Fernández Editores”, “Ediciones Enigma”, and “Editorial Pax” among many others, enriching with his work publications, books and magazines for all ages with a wide variety of topics.

International companies that have widely distinguished themselves for the high quality of the graphic art they handle, such as “The Walt Disney Company" and "Warner Bros, Inc." also recognized the work of Master Orozco, giving him the opportunity and the privilege of creating for them a large number of works, which have been published in magazines, books, promotional campaigns and consumer products, making him a "major league" artist by having the ability to comply with the highest quality standards that these companies demand and raising the name of Mexico; which led him to work for such important advertising agencies as “J. Walter Thompson”, “Mc Cann Ericksson” and many others.

As a visual artist he has created unique works both in format and theme. Sometimes these are large works, such as the one created for the “Club de Industriales de Querétaro” (Oil / canvas 4x2 mts.) which represents the impulse and development that the industry has meant in that state, or the work SATMEX 5 ( Oil / canvas 2x1.5 mts.) created specifically for the launch of the 5th.Mexican satellite and reproduced on the commemorative postage stamp corresponding to such event.

The advent of the digital age was a watershed in the work of Benjamín Orozco López. Digital art suddenly dominated the print media. Gone were the times when it was essential to know how to paint to collaborate in publications. Paradoxically, he never stopped enjoying painting and was not willing to give up the brushes, so he decided to turn his action around, because long ago, in parallel to his work as a draftsman and illustrator, he enjoyed field assignments of oil portraits that eventually reached him, so now the way was clear: Dedicate full- time to oil portrait painting.

Little by little the name of Benjamín Orozco López was gaining height as a renowned portrait artist, embodying on his canvases the faces of great personalities from politics, industry, military, teaching, religion, etc. But beyond the prestige and significance of the celebrities he paints, he brings a rebirth of the noble craft of painting.

Eternal student of ancient techniques literally forgotten during most of the 20th century, he renews in his paintings the love for painting, patience, the technical virtuosity of those who dominate materials at will, drawing on the wisdom of the old Masters. For this reason, he has had the opportunity to participate in such important projects as the so-called "Living Portraits" for the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation, painting nine portraits, among which the portrait of “Benito Juárez García” one of the most important leaders of mexican history. They are on permanent display in the building of the current seat of the Court.

Thanks to the distinctive technical and artistic quality of his work, Master Orozco was selected by the Federal Government of Mexico to make fifty portraits of our national heroes on the occasion of the celebrations of the Bicentennial of Independence and Centennial of the Revolution, in order to refresh their images a bit, being advised for this purpose by expert historians from the “INEHRM” (National Institute for Historical Studies of the Revolutions of Mexico). The oil paintings before mentioned were used in multiple applications and media during the 2010 celebrations, appearing throughout the year on tickets issued by the National Lottery, as well as banners, events, audiovisuals, agendas, books, newspapers and magazines and since then they have been freely used and owned by the people of Mexico.

Similarly, the Mexican Navy Secretariat elected Master Orozco in 2010 to make a portrait of Lieutenant “José Azueta Abad”, which was a gift from the Government of Mexico to the Dominican Republic, delivered on board the “Cuauhtémoc” School Ship, and which is located in the pavilion dedicated to Mexico in the “Faro a Colón” museum of “Santo Domingo” in that country. The Navy also commissioned eight large-format pictorial works (Oil / canvas 240x108 cm.) alluding to important figures of the Independence and the Revolution on the occasion of the Bicentennial and Centennial celebrations, which are found in the 3rd.Military Naval Zone in Veracruz.

That same year, the work of Master Orozco was also widely recognized and required by such important publications as the Military Magazine "ARMAS", an informative organ that serves as a link between the military and the civil world, presenting oil works on their covers for a period of six years, contributing with his works to enrich the cultural heritage of Mexico with 34 military-themed pictorial works and presenting these works in magnificent exhibitions in the Heroic Military College of Mexico, in the Chamber of Deputies (Legislative Palace of “San Lázaro”) and the facilities of the Mexican Air Force.

On the other hand, he also creates works in small formats, reviving the complex art of the "Trompe l'oeil" (Trap for the eye), in paintings that literally deceive the human eye when representing images and objects. Pictures where the oil painting technique is taken to the extreme of precision to achieve textures and dimensions that make us doubt whether it is a "collage" or a painting.

Thanks to his refined technique, the many facets of his pictorial work and his long career, Benjamín Orozco López is a Mexican painter who has been accepted as a member of the world-renowned International Guild of Realism (2007-2014) IGOR by its acronym in English. Likewise, he also belongs to the “SOMAAP”
(Mexican Society of Visual Artists) organization that represents the authorial interests of the plastic artists of Mexico.

Currently, the pictorial works of Master Orozco are in private collections as well as in the special precincts of Institutions, Societies and Companies, among which are: the Mexican Academy of Surgery, the “CANACO” (National Comerce Chamber of México City), the Chamber of Senators, the College of High School graduates, the Free School of Lawyers, the Government of the State of Mexico, the General Hospital of Mexico, the Heroic Military College of Mexico, the “IMSS” (Mexican Institute of Social Security), the National Institute of Cardiology, the National Institute of Perinatology, the National Institute of Neurology and Neurosurgery, the “Grisi” laboratories, the Ministry of Communications and Transportation, the Ministry of Energy, the Ministry of National Defense, the Ministry of the Navy, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare, the Federal Electricity Commission, the Latin American University of America, including very important sites as the National Palace of Mexico among many others.