Maru Lopez


Contemporary Jewelry

About

From an early age the Puerto Rican designer Maru López has felt the need to create, learning the art of lace making at the age of 6. Piano, dancing and painting were among the diverse things that Maru explored as a teenager while deciding what path to take. She decided to follow her passion for history and obtained a BA in Latin American History from the University of Puerto Rico. After some years working in a cultural institution in PR she became restless and decided it was time for a change and embarked for NYC where she obtained a Fashion Degree from Parsons School of Design. She later returns to her home island in 2003 and actively participates in the emerging independent design scene. With a group of young Puerto Rican designers, she organizes and takes part in various fashion shows and art markets. In 2007, Maru feels the winds of change once more and sets off for Florence, Italy where she completes a 3 year course in contemporary jewelry at Alchimia Scuola di Gioielleria Contemporanea. After finishing her studies she remains at the school as part of the faculty. In November 2012, she decides to move once more and settles in San Diego California, where she still resides. Maru’s work has being exhibited in galleries and museums throughout Europe and the United States. She makes jewelry pieces inspired on everyday things that most take for granted or forget but that are full of memories of moments past and stories lived. From fabric to metal to resin to found objects and vintage finds, her works are colorful one-of-a-kind pieces that reinvent with playfulness the antique jewelry seen in the museums around Italy from which they are inspired.

Maru Lopez

Education

2007-2011 Alchimia Scuola di Gioielleria Contemporanea, Firenze, Italia | Intensive Course, Foundation Course, Advanced Course with Peter Bauhauis, Specialization Course with Manfred Bischoff, Quaternitas with Ruudt Peters
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 20thcentury 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

2013-present Mingei International Museum, San Diego, California | Visitor Experience Associate
2012-present Maru Lopez Jewels, San Diego, California | Jewelry Maker
2010-2012 Alchimia Scuola di Gioielleria, Firenze, Italia | Assistant to Peter Bauhauis and intensive course, Assistant to Doris Maninger | Professor of Technology Class
2004-2007 Maudesigns, San Juan, Puerto Rico | Owner and Designer. Clothing and Accessories
2004-2007 Fundacion Luis Munoz Marin | Museum Guide, Assistant Archivist
2003-2003 Tibi, New York, New York | Fashion Design Internship
2000-2002 Sideshow, San Juan, Puerto Rico | Co-owner, vintage and novelty shop
1998-1999 Oficina del Historiador de Puerto Rico | Historical Researcher

Group Fashion Shows

2007 Novel Designers Group, accessories for Rabia Urbana, Hotel Intercontinental, San Juan, Puerto Rico
2005 Novel Designers Group, Hotel Normandie, San Juan, Puerto Rico
2004 Novel Designers Group, Hotel Normandie, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Group Exhibitions

  • 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
    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
    • Uprising, Raw Artists San Diego, House of Blues, San Diego, California
    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

    2009 Scholarship Alchimia Scuola di Giolleria Contemporanea

    Publications

    2016 Artist profile in the Mingei International Museum's summer shopping guide and front page of their winter guide
    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