Jorge Lopes is a Portuguese painter born in 1981 in Lisbon. In his paintings Lopes achieves a temporal quality that is simultaneously thought out, reflected upon, but which embraces the unintentional. His preferred medium is oil, though he has also worked with acrylic or Indian ink in works on paper.
After his Bachelor Degree in Painting and his Master Degree in Visual Arts at the University of Arts and Design (ESAD), Caldas da Rainha in Portugal, Lopes got a grant from the European Program Leonardo da Vinci to do an artist in residence. He was a resident artist and a member of the Künstlerhaus Dortmund between 2005 and 2006. Lopes was nominated for the Fidelidade Mundial Young Painters Award in Lisbon in 2009 and two years later he got the Jury’s second prize.
Since 2011 he works together with the conceptual artist Steffen Kasperavicius under the name ETAW. By an alternate and simultaneous formal rearrangement or scenic process of wooden or metallic found objects from the street, junk yards or road works, ETAW examines the essence and value of outcasted and nonfunctional materials. The focus firmly lays in close collaboration through interchange, discussion, composition and installation, to combine artistic talents and experiences in a common work series, contrary to the conventional attitude as solo artist.
Since 2012 Lopes gives lectures at Media Design Hochschule in Berlin. In 2013 he was guest professor at the Tverrfaglige Kunstinstitutt in Oslo. Artist’s work is represented in various public and private collections in Denmark, England, Germany, Norway, Portugal and Japan.
Since 2006, he lives in Berlin with his wife, the photographer Viola Lopes, and their children Julie and Noah.