Carl Lopes’ paintings are a respectful nod to centuries of influential Cape Verdean/African design and tradition. Colors, patterns, and compositions pay tribute to his ancestral heritage and cultures yet maintain a direct contemporary vibe. Masks, portraits, birds, and fish are embellished with geometric motifs and designs that are visually striking. Airbrushed acrylics, holographic papers, glass beads, and jewelry are attached to wood panels and coated with high-gloss poly-resin. His paintings appear as if they are stained glass and lit from behind.