Retired U.S. Army Sgt. Mario Lopez is a wounded warrior and talented artist whose eclectic and colorful landscapes, abstract, objects, stylized designs and photographs have been featured in art shows around the country. Motivated by the September 11 attacks, Lopez left his home in Alice, TX and joined the army in 2003.
While on mission in Afghanistan in 2008, he was seriously injured when an improvised explosive device, or IED, detonated.
He sustained burns over 54% of his body and lost his right arm, vision in his right eye, and four fingers on his left hand. During his recovery, he turned to painting as part of his healing. Over the last 12 years Mario has painted works of art that have been featured in many places- the DFW Airport, the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha Nebraska, SAMMC Medical Center Lobby, and in many other cities, homes, and places of business around the country. Mario has one other talent- the gift of sharing his story. He is a self-published author of the book entitled, How I Know: A Story to Strengthen Your Faith, which was published in 2017 and has sold hundreds of copies.
Despite great adversity, Mario has a positive attitude toward life. He considers it a privilege to share the hope of Jesus to others who might be struggling- and uses his time and talents as a platform to do so. He and his wife are very active in ministry at their local church in New Braunfels, TX where they currently reside. He has a new motto,
“Life is worth living!”