Maru Lopez


Contemporary Jewelry

Artist's Statement

I am inspired by the extraordinary of the ordinary, by the laziness of long lunches, the excitement of new places, and the universe that is a book. I look to everyday objects, ancient jewelry, ceramics and textiles for sparks that ignite my imagination and I thrive and grow from the community of people that I call friends.

Maru Lopez

Bio

Maru Lopez is a Puerto Rican jewelry artist currently based in San Diego, California. Her bold and colorful pieces have been exhibited in galleries and museums through Europe, Latin America, the United States and her home island of Puerto Rico.

Education

2007-2011 Alchimia Scuola di Gioielleria Contemporanea, Firenze, Italia| Specialization in Contemporary Jewelry
2002-2003 Parsons School for Design, New York, New York| A.A.S in Fashion Design
2000-2002 Centro Moda, Escuela De Diseño Lisa Thon, San Juan, Puerto Rico | Specialization in Fashion Design
1999-2002 Universidad De Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico | Graduate Studies in 20th century History, Concentration in media studies and consumer culture
1993-1997 Universidad De Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico | B.A. Concentration in Latin American History

Professional Experience

2012-present Maru Lopez Jewels, San Diego, California | Jewelry Designer and Maker
2013-2018 Mingei International Museum, San Diego, California | Visitor Experience Associate, Bilingual Gallery Educator
2010-2012 Alchimia Scuola di Gioielleria Contemporanea, Firenze, Italia | Instructor and Assistant to the Director
2003-2007 Fundacion Luis Munoz Marin | Archivist

Group Exhibitions

2018
  • Back Again, Forever 37th Annual Jewelry Show, Freehand Gallery, Los Angeles, California
  • Vecinos, II Latin American Biennale of Contemporary Jewelry, Joyeros Aregentinos, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2017
  • Jewelry Pop-up, Mingei International Museum, San Diego, California
  • Vinte e Tres: Joalharia Contemporanes na Ibero-America, PIN, Lisboa, Portugal
  • Minimal to Bling, Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, Massachusetts
2016
  • Tribute to Manfred Bischoff, Munich, Germany
  • American Craft Weekend, solo trunk show and live demo, Mingei International Museum, San Diego, California
  • Jewelry Artist Mart, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Objects D' Art, Galeria Embajadada, San Juan, Puerto Rico
2015
  • Alchimia: An Anthology, The Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Subamos los Colores, Galeria Silvestre, Tarragona, Spain
  • Alchimia Alumni Collective, Joya 2015, Barcelona, Spain
2014
  • La Frontera, Houston Center for the Contemporary Craft, Houston Texas & Kokomo Gallery, Indiana University, Kokomo, Indiana
  • Art Above San Diego, San Diego, California
  • Surf's Up Trunk Show, Collector's Gallery, Mingei International Museum, San Diego, California
2013
  • La Frontera, Museo Franz Meyer, Distrito Federal de Mexico, Mexico & Velvet Da Vinci Gallery, San Francisco, California
  • Art Above San Diego, San Diego, California
2012
  • Premio Fondazione Cominelli per il gioiello contemporaneo, Brescia, Italia
2011
  • Jewelry is a metaphoric view of the world, Lalaounis Jewelry Museum, Athens, Greece
  • Joya 2011, Semana de la Joyeria Contemporanea, Barcelona
  • Taste just like chicken, Quaternitas Mostra, Firenze, Italia
  • Rings, Galerie Maniglod, Leipzig, Germany
2010
  • Jahresrückblich, Galerie V&V, Vienna, Austria
  • 1x1 Collection, Firenze, Italia
  • VI Giornata del Contemporaneo Rogo della Vanita, Firenze, Italia
  • Grassimesse, Lipzia, Germania
  • ArtOrnamento, Alternatives Gallery, Roma , Italia
  • Joya, Semana de la Joyeria Contemporanea, Barcelona, España
  • Abwandlungen,Umwandlungen,Verwandlungen, Galerie V&V, Vienna, Austria
  • Final Year Exhibition, Antonella Villanova Gallery, Firenze Italia
  • Orecchini, Galerie Manigold, Leipzig, Germany
  • Inhorgenta 2010, Munich Germany
  • Quinta Giornata del Contemporaneo, Firenze, Italia
2009
  • II Anno, Final Year Exhibition, Alchimia Scuola di Gioielleria Contemporanea, Firenze. Italia
2008
  • I Anno, Final Year Exhibition, Alchimia Scuola di Gioielleria Contemporanea, Firenze. Italia

Workshops

2014
  • Wax carving workshop, Jay Whaley
2012
  • Textile techniques on metal with Doris Manninger
  • Medieval embroidery techniques with Ulrika Wennerstroem
  • Daily life in the contemporary jewelry creation with Estela Saez
  • Creative wax with Catalina Brenes
2010
  • Workshop with Robert Smit
  • Workshop with Deganit Schocken
  • Workshop with Ruudt Peters

Awards

2010 Scholarship Alchimia Scuola di Giolleria Contemporanea
2009 Scholarship Alchimia Scuola di Giolleria Contemporanea

Publications

2017 Pacific Magazine
2016 Collector's Gallery Lookbook, Mingei International Museum
2015 Sunset Magazine
2014 Artist profile in the Mingei International Museum's summer shopping guide and front page of their winter guide
2013 La Frontera, Exhibition Catalog
2012 Premio Cominelli, Exhibition Catalog
2011 Contemporary.com, Noi 9, Interview #4, Maru Lopez
2010 El Vocero
2007
  • San Juan Magazine
  • Clothspin
  • El Vocero