José López Alvarez (Lopito) is one of the few Cuban artists, who has remained loyal to the countryside. He is passionate about the hills. Even as a student at the old Academy of San Alejandro, Lopito was a keen enthusiast of the landscape, however he never allowed himself to be caught up in careless and deceptive brush strokes.
As a cameraman for ICAIC, Lopito had the opportunity of experiencing that historical moment as the campesinos of the Sierra Maestra enjoyed a film performance for the very first time. A spectacle that many of them had not even heard of. It should be remembered that this historical event was recorded in the documentary film Por primera vez. From this very work, Lopito created one of his freshest and most vibrant paintings.