My name is Sulai Lopez. I gain inspiration from change, nature, living situations, travel, airbnbs, objects, props, and costumes. The work I create is an exploration of the directionless moments of nothing and nowhere, solitude, relationships, identity, journey, modern nomadic culture, and what connects us.
I was born in Santa Cruz California and grew up in San Miguel De Allende Mexico, St. Agatha Maine, and Chicago. I studied acting, film, clown, visual art and photography in NYC and received my Bachelor's degree from the CUNY BA program in a self created major called 'Performance and the Visual Image.'
I moved to Los Angeles in 2008, joined LA Casting, became a certified massage therapist and kundalini yoga teacher, lived in a trailer on a mountain and fell into a little start-up called Maker Studios--later to be bought by Disney for 900 million dollars. It was at Maker Studios that I began my career as a costume designer working on various wonderfully ridiculous youtube videos which eventually lead me to become costume designer/art director of award winning viral series Epic Rap Battles of History and received 2 streamy awards for "best costume design on the internet." I have done the Improv training program at the Groundlings, continue to explore clown with Deanna Fleysher's (Butt Kapinski), and starred in two William Leavitt feature films.
In fall 2017 I will be attending an art residency in Washington creating environment inspired performance art with natural dyed textiles and fiber costumes.