Enlighted By Cuban Art
Founder and CEO of Art Zealous, New York City

As a resident art and events connoisseur based in New York City, Kristina Lopez is a passionately unconventional polymath who brings art-focused content to the millennial generation with an unorthodox approach. Visionary and insightful – an egghead working with zeal that comes from deep within herself – Kristina has tailored her expertise into a thriving kind of protean digital platform and launched Art Zealous in 2015 with the piquant aim of providing comprehensive event listings and art happenings to a broad audience. Becoming one of a handful of high-flyers, Kristina is also the chair of the American Folk Art Museum young patrons group, exploring contemporary self-taught outsider art.

We had the privilege of chatting with Kristina about her enlightenment by Cuban art, her divine French-born Roger Vivier graffiti flats, and how she regrets purchasing a vintage Courrèges black pleather miniskirt that she never wears.

Kristina Lopez

My ideal working outfit looks like:
I work out of Soho House a lot, so for me there’s nothing better than a white tee and A.P.C jeans.

Heels or flats…Which brand of style?:
Chic flats! I just got these Roger Vivier flats that have graffiti on them. They are divine.

My favourite art-related blog/app:
I have this thing for interior design and architecture, so I’m obsessed with Instagrams like @interior123 and @architizer.

The last thing I bought and loved was:
A piece of artwork by Gabriel Shuldiner.

Most ridiculous thing I ever bought:
A vintage Courrèges black pleather mini skirt that I never wear.
Kristina Lopez

My necessary extravagance is:
Wine and hotels. I splurge for both.

Three things/products I always need to have in my purse:
Rosebud lip balm, Moleskin notepad, and vitamins.

My ultimate beauty secret after long working hours:
A really hot shower followed by a Sisley face mask.

My favorite work of art is:
Las Meninas by Diego Velázquez. There’s just something about that painting. Every time I look at it, I see things I’ve never noticed before.

In the art world currently I find most exciting:
The Cuban art scene.

Art makes me:
Want to travel the world and see all the art I possibly can.
Kristina Lopez

My next art trip/travel will be:
Amsterdam, Cuba, South Africa.

The most arty city:
New York City. There is no other art city like it! The new Whitney Museum should be on everyone’s must-see list when visiting.

The perfect art-world gentleman is:
Daniel Arsham. A genuinely nice human being dedicated to his family and his work. Plus his style is always on point.

Artists we should have on our watch list:
Oh, this is hard. I would say Jordan Eagles, Jamel Robinson, Nic Rad, and Chris Ahalt.

Instagram: @kristinal0pez and @artzealous
Photos: by Lexie Moreland, Tiffany Bloomfield, and Travis W. Keyes