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Prof. J Tomas Lopez

J Tomas Lopez is a photographer and educator who lives and works in Miami, Florida. His work and life is a balance between thematic explorations of visual semiotics, which includes The “Water Series”, “Les Manifestation Series”, “Le Metro Series” and most recently the “Portrait Series” and being a professor of Art and Art History at the University of Miami, lecturing on how images function as signs and language. His work is included in the permanent collections over thirty museums and private collections.

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Un Reve Parisienne - S Train NYC

J. Tomas Lopez is Professor and Chair of the Department of Art and Art History and the Head of Electronic Media at the University of Miami. He has degrees in Psychology and Philosophy from Fordham University, a Master of Media Arts in Film and Video from the University of South Carolina and a Master of Fine Arts in Photography and Modernist Theory from the University of South Florida.

Professor Lopez has been showcased nationally and internationally in over three hundred fifty group exhibitions and thirty-five solo exhibitions. His work is included in many prestigious permanent collections: The Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American Art, the Library of Congress in Washington DC, La Biblioteque Nationale de France, Paris; The International Museum of Photography, The Museum of Modern Art in New York and numerous other public and private collections.

J Tomas Lopez sample of work
de Passy - crossing the Seine on the Metro in Sun Shower

Professor Lopez’s work has been exhibited across the United States, South America, Europe, China, and Japan as well as featured in numerous publications. He is known for his large-scale digital prints ranging from underwater photographs of the nude figure, a series documenting the riders on the subways of London, Rome, Paris, Madrid and New York and his most recent project of studio portraits in the style of 19th-century artists.

Lopez is the recipient of the Florida Artist Grant, the Cintas Foundation Fellowship, and the National Endowment for the Arts Award in the Visual Arts as well as other national and international fellowships. In 2013, he was honoured with the University of Miami‘s Provost Award for Scholarly Activity, one of the highest recognitions the university awards and in 2014 was named a Cooper Fellow, the highest recognition in the College of Arts and Sciences.