Brief Bio

Since its start in 2017, the photographic series Saints & Martyrs has been selected into exhibitions by curators such as Yasufumi Nakamori (now, chief curator of photography at Tate Modern), Bryan Barcena (MoCA, L.A.), and Nicholas Barlow (LACMA). It has also been selected for residencies at Helycon, Turkey (2018), MassMoca (2019) and at MacDowell Colony (2019).

New York-based Brazilian artist 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 other international venues. His work has been curated by artists such as Lygia Pape, Janine Antoni, and Luciano Fabro, and by art critics such Paulo Herkenhoff (formerly a curator at MoMA) etc. 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 Centro Nacional de Cultura in Lisbon, Portugal, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, the Salford Museum, in Manchester, England, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, FL, the Centre del Carme Cultura Contemporanea, in Valencia, Spain, and Oi Futuro Center for Art & Technology, in Rio, Brazil.

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 (Rio), the London Project, etc.

Lopes is an associate professor of photography at John Jay College / the City University of New York. He also teaches in the low residency M.F.A. of the Americas in Poetry in the ExpandedField.


1. Recent Solo Exhibitions

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

Curator: Alberto Saraiva.

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

2018        Inconvenient Spectrum, Kedi Art Gallery, Izmit, Turkey.

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.

2013     Queer is Where the Heart Is, Samtökin 78, Reykjavík, Iceland


3. Recent Performances (with poet Terri Witek)

2019        The Cosmogonists, Centre del Carme Cultura Contemporanea, Valencia, Spain

2018        Chance & Violence, with poets Laura Mulen, Ronaldo Wilson, and Terri Witek. &Now Festival for Experimental Writing, Notre Dame University, IN

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

2013        Translations, Backstage, Rome, Italy


4. Selected Awards

2018/15/13/11            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, MassMoCA, MacDowell


6. Current Employment

Associate Professor, Deputy Chair of the Art Dept, John Jay College / CUNY Founding Professor of Stetson University’s M.F.A. of the Americas in Poetry in the Expanded Field. 


Folded Portrait, 1998, Centro Cultural São Paulo