TITLE: Rafael Lopez: 2012 National Book Festival
SPEAKER: Rafael Lopez
EVENT DATE: 2012/09/23
FORMAT: Video + Captions
RUNNING TIME: 32 minutes
TRANSCRIPT: View Transcript (link will open in a new window)
Book Festival poster artist Rafael Lopez appears at the 2012 Library of Congress National Book Festival.
Speaker Biography: This year's Library of Congress National Book Festival poster artist is Rafael Lopez, whose work is a fusion of strong, colorful graphic style and magical symbolism. Growing up in Mexico City, Lopez was immersed in the rich cultural heritage and native color of street life. Influenced by Mexican surrealism and myths, he developed a style with roots in these traditions. His illustrations for "Book Fiesta!," written by Pat Mora, were the recipient of the 2010 Pura Belpre Illustrator Award given by the American Library Association to honor work that best portrays, affirms and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in children's books. The 2011 stamps he created for the U.S. Postal Service celebrated Latin music legends Celia Cruz, Carlos Gardel, Carmen Miranda, Tito Puente and Selena.
SERIES: National Book Festival 2012