Brief Bio

Cyriaco Lopes has exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro, the Museum of Art of São Paulo (MASP), El Museo del Barrio in NYC, the Centre Wallonie Bruxelles in Paris, Casa Degli Artisti in Milan, among many other international venues. His work has been curated by artists such as Lygia Pape, Janine Antoni, and Luciano Fabro, as well as by art critics such as Paulo Herkenhoff.  He is the winner of the NYC World Studio Foundation Award, the Contemporary Art Museum Saint Louis Project Award, the São Paulo Phillips Prize of trip to Europe.

His performances in collaboration with poet Terri Witek have been seen at the National Academy in Lisbon, Portugal, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, the Salford Museum, in Manchester, England, and the Atlantic Center for the Arts, FL. In April of 2017 the duo Lopes-Witek had a large solo show at the Oi Futuro Center for Art & Technology in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Lopes is an associate professor of photography and deputy chair of the Art & Music department at John Jay College/the City University of New York. He also teaches in the Stetson University low residency M.F.A. of the Americas in Poetry in the Expanded Field.

The artist holds two MFAs: one in Imaging and Digital Arts, UMBC, Baltimore (thesis chair: Dr. Kathy O’Dell), and the other in Visual Languages, UFRJ, Rio de Janeiro (Thesis Chair: Dr. Paulo Venâncio Filho). He also attended artist’s residencies such as Skowhegan, Parque Lage and the London Project. 


1. Recent Solo Exhibitions

2017     Minotauros, Oi Futuro Center for Art & Technology, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

2014     Currents/Correntes, Crisp Ellert Art Museum, St. Augustine, FL

2014     All Love is Stolen, Blue Gallery, Chania, Greece

2013     Crimes Against Love (You are the Problem), Kabine Nadire, Istanbul, Turkey

2013     Membranes, Armenian Museum for Contemporary Art, Yerevan, Armenia

2012     Crimes Against Love, President’s Gallery, John Jay College, CUNY


2. Recent Group Exhibitions

2017     The Rule of Law, Thessalonica Museum of Contemporary Art. Greece

2016     TransAmaZonica, Miami Praticas Contemporaneas, Festival Internacional de Arte & Cine Queer, Bogota, Colombia, Curator: Adler Murada

2016     Coisas de Viado, Atelier 397, São Paulo, Brazil, Curator: Yann Beauvais

2014     22nd Seoul International Art Festival, Chosunilbo Museum, Seoul, Korea.

2012     Queer is Where the Heart Is, Samtökin 78, Reykjavík, Iceland


3. Recent Performances (with poet Terri Witek)

2017    Excavations, Atlantic Center for the Arts, FL

2016    Correntes/Currents, National Academy, Lisbon, Portugal

2016    Correntes/Currents, Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts, PA

2013    Ariadne, Salford Museum, Manchester, England


4. Selected Awards

2015/13/11    PSC-CUNY Grant

2007    Hand Award for Distinguished Faculty Achievement, Stetson University

2001    Contemporary Art Museum Saint Louis

2001    World Studio Foundation, New York

2001    RTKL Award, Baltimore


5. Education

M.F.A. in Imaging and Digital Arts, University of MD Baltimore County

M.F.A. in Visual Languages, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

B.F.A.  in Painting, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

Selected Residencies: Skowhegan, The London Project


6. Academic Life

Associate Professor, Deputy Chair of the Art & Music Dept, John Jay College / CUNY

Visiting Professor, Stetson University Low Residency M.F.A. of the Americas,                                in the field of Poetry in the Expanded Field



Folded Portrait, 1998, Centro Cultural São Paulo