J. Tomas Lopez

J. Tomas Lopez is a Professor of Art, Fine Art Photographer and Cooper Fellow in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Miami.

Professor Lopez has degrees in Psychology and Philosophy from Fordham University, a Master of Media Arts in Film and Video and a Master of Fine Arts in Photography and Modernist Theory from the University of South Florida.

He has been a ‘Keynote Speaker at many conferences and photography seminars. He has lectured extensively on how images function as signs and symbols within the language of photography and participated in and moderated discussion panels and seminars internationally. He lectures on the historical impact of photography- how 19th Century image-makers and early struggles to perfect the image have influenced and impacted image-makers in the 21st Century.

Bulb: the ephemeral beauty of death

Lopez was the Editor for “Contemporary Issues” Focal Encyclopedia of Photography, Fourth Edition: Digital Imaging, Theory and Applications, History and Science. He has written essays on photographers and photography: Miquel Salom: The Tintype in the 21st Century; Through the Lens: Essay for Lowe Museum Photography Exhibition; and The Photograph Collector’s Guide, Bullfinch Press, among others.

J. Tomas Lopez has been awarded the Florida Individual Artist Grant, the Cintas Foundation Fellowship and a Cooper Fellowship, and other national and international grants and fellowships. He is recognized for his large-scale digital prints of diverse subject matter: AIDS/ArtReach, a portrait project; underwater photographs of the nude figure; politically charged iconic flags; riders and architectural studies in the Metro systems around the world; portraits of artists and writers with their eyes closed and most recently a study of dead flowers in gardens and cemeteries as a ‘memento mori’.

Homage to Anna Atkins: Memento Mori

Professor Lopez has exhibited his work in over 375 group exhibitions and 40 solo exhibitions. His work is included in many prestigious collections: The Library of Congress, (DC) The Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American Art, La Biblioteque Nationale de France (Paris), The International Museum of Photography, the Museum of Modern Art, (NY) and in over thirty other museums and private collections. His work has been exhibited across the United States, Europe, South America, China, Japan and in numerous publications.

He has been at the University of Miami since 1994 where he lives and works with his wife, artist Carol Todaro.

Miquel Salom: The Tintype in the 21st Century- essay for the Spanish artist’s catalogue and exhibition.

Through the Lens: Essay for Lowe Museum Photography Exhibition: Selections from their permanent collection.

The Photograph Collector’s Guide Bullfinch Press., Chapter: “The Digital Photography Market, Connoisseurship and Esthetics.” Editor, Lorraine Davis. June 2010

Focal Encyclopedia of Photography, Fourth Edition: Digital Imaging, Theory and Applications, History, and Science (Hardcover) Michael Peres, Franziska Frey, J. Tomas Lopez, David Malin, Mark Osterman, Grant Romer, Nancy Stuart, Scott Williams- Focal Press ISBN-13: 978-0240807409 880 pages

“Radical Conventions” Lowe Art Museum, Miami, FL March- July 2022- Six AIDS/ARTREACH Portraits.
Travelling to Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL late 2022

PhotoAlicante, 2022 The Closed Eyes Portrait Series, Alicate, Spain, March 1-March 30, 2022 Solo

Xposure, Sharhjah/Dubai, United Arab Emirates 2019
-The Portrait Series September, 2019 – Solo Exhibition
– Le Metro Series, September, 2019 – Solo Exhibition

Biennale del libro d’artista, Complesso Monumentale di San Domenico Maggiore – Sala della biblioteca
Napoli, Italia, July 5-20, 2019

Museo Brasileo de Escultura, Selections from their Permanent Collection, July-August 2015 San Paolo, Brasil,

Through the Lens: J Tomas Lopez 4 Portfolios, Thirty Years. Art Museum of Ft Lauderdale
July – November 2012. Retrospective – Solo