Following her art studies, she becomes in 1970, the assistant of the Brazilian filmmaker Nelson Pereira dos Santos, father of Brazil's Cinema Novo. She learns lighting and photographic techniques, develops a long-term attachment to the avant-garde cinema and is attracted to all forms of artistic improvisation. In 1975, she decides to dedicate herself to photography and does her first one-woman exhibition at Dartmouth College in 1977. In 1980, she moves and settles in New York with her husband, the sculptor Alain Kirili. In 2004, two major retrospectives of her work are exhibited in the Museum of Grenoble, France, and at the IVAM in Valencia, Spain. In 2008, the New York Studio School presents a retrospective of her most recent works. In 2014, Ariane Lopez-Huici and Alain Kirili showed their work in dialogue for the first time in "Parcours croisés" at the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Caen.
Her work focuses on the human body, transgressing the conventional canon of beauty. Accentuating the shadowy areas of the human adventure, she uses black and white photography with a pronounced grain and deep blacks. Her series Aviva, Dalila, and Holly shows her passion for Rubenesque bodies. Her african series Adama&Omarand Kenekoubo Ogoïre develops her interest for any kind of physical and sensual expression. Her series Rebellesand Triumph deal with a group of voluptuous women asserting their majesty. Her series Hecate, 2009-2010, with an handicapped model, claims in the Rodin’s tradition for the true beauty and personality of the fragmented body. After photographing the naked body for many years, it was an unusual challenge to work with Shani Ha, 2013-2016 and her wearable textile sculptures, Ariane's most recent work.
Connected to the incredible rich world of the free jazz improvisation, she records in depth many of the most talented musicians, publishing for example the serie the flying hands of Cecil Taylor.
Ariane Lopez-Huici exhibits in Parcours Croisés a duo with Alain Kirili at the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Caen in France. It is the first time they show together revealing a lifetime committment of a shared artistic life.
Ariane Lopez-Huici exhibits her most recent series on a handicapped model Priscille, in the joint exhibition Ariane Lopez-Huici and Marilia Destot: The Fragmented Body, at the French Institute-Alliance Française in NewYork. Guy Sorman writes the text “Free Bodies” for the exhibition catalogue.
First screening of the film The Body Close Up at the Maison Française of New York University in NY.
The photographer and multimedia artist Marilia Destot makes the “photographic” film The Body Close Up, a retrospective documentary which reveals the evolution and artistic challenges of Lopez-Huici’s photography from abstract to figurative art, to a jubilant celebration of the body. The film mixes the artist's photography and her verbal commentary, with musical quotes from writers and musicians close to her work ; and shows for the first time, the live and intimate creation in studio with her models.
At the New York Studio School, the artist shows a selection of her nudes, especially her most recent group seriesRebelles and Triumph, with a catalogue written by Carter Ratcliff.
Exhibits her jazz pictures at the Vision Festival, New York.
In Paris, begins Rebelles, a series of nudes in groups.
Shows the African Wrestlers at the Bowery Poetry Club, New York.
One-person exhibitions at the Musée de Grenoble, France, and at IVAM (Institut Valencià d’Art Modern), Spain. Carter Ratcliff and Edmund White write for the respective catalogues.
Was named a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres in Paris.
Travels to West Africa, photographing the African wrestlers Adama and Omar in Dakar, the Master of Ceremonies Keneboubo Ogoire in Mali, and Les Élégantes from Saint Louis du Sénégal.
Following her series In Abstracto, she starts a series of calligraphies on Polaroid titled Attaques.
At FIAC, in Paris, Gallery Frank exhibits a collection of photographs of her favorite models: Aviva, Dalila, Mother and Son, Femme à la toilette, and a new model from New York, Bill Shannon, a paralyzed hip-hop dancer.
First Paris exhibition on the Aviva theme at the Galerie Frank. Arthur Danto writes the catalog for this exhibition. During the show, encounters Dalila Khatir, a future important model in her work.
Second exhibition at the AC Project Room, New York : Aviva. This event becomes a crucial stage in Lopez-Huici’s search for the transgressive body.
To mark her fiftieth birthday and in solidarity with her models, Lopez-Huici places herself before the camera, dancing in the nude, in the 20minute film TOAK.
Exhibition of Solo Absolu, a series on male masturbation, at the AC Project Room Gallery. In conjunction with this show, publication of “A Conversation Between Julia Kristeva and Ariane Lopez-Huici.”
She participates to the group-show “Fragments, Parts, Wholes : The body and culture” at White Columns, New-York, curated by Saul Ostrow, on the theme of the body, and where she presents the male eroticism. Following the show, the critic Jeanne Siegel writes about male sexuality seen by women artists.
Creates the series In Abstracto. Meets dancer Daniel D., who will model for Solo Absolu.
Travels in Italy and develops the series Corps à corps (Body to Body).
At P.S.1 in New York, exhibits a series of photographs taken in Istanbul, entitled The Tombs of Suleiman the Magnificent.
Exhibits at the Los Angeles Photography Center.
Settles into a loft on White Street in Tribeca, New York.
On her second trip to India, she visits and photographs the famous erotic temple of Kajuharo, creating the series Indian ecstasy.
Marries sculptor Alain Kirili.
First one-woman exhibition at Dartmouth College (New Hampshire).
Decides to dedicate herself to photography.
Meets and becomes assistant to Brazilian filmmaker Nelson Pereira dos Santos, widely regarded as the father of Brazil’s Cinema Novo. Travels between France and Rio de Janeiro for five years. Learns lighting and photographic techniques. Develops a long-term attachment to avant-garde cinema and all forms of artistic improvisation.
Studies at the School of Fine Arts, Perugia (Italy) and at the Arts School of the Musée Nissim de Camondo in Paris.
Born in Biarritz, France. Her father, Eugenio Lopez-Huici, is Basque-Chilean; her mother, Evelyne Belly, is from Lorraine. Her great-aunt Eugenia Huici Errazuriz is a patron of the arts, a friend of Stravinsky and Picasso, and the subject of a well-known portrait and series of drawings by Picasso.