JARBAS LOPES finds the materials for his artworks in everyday life contexts: seemingly trivial objects become the starting point for an investigation into its functions and symbolic language. In doing so, his works enter into a dialogue with public and social spaces: Lopes is primarily concerned with the idea of accessibility of aesthetic experience and social interaction. However, Jarbas Lopes does not act as a political artist but rather as an artist who produces art in a political manner. In 2013 Lopes presented a solo show at A Gentil Carioca, his third at the gallery. Other solo shows include one at the Tilton Gallery, NY (2010) and one at the Luisa Strina Gallery, São Paulo (2009).
Highlighted group shows include: High Jungle, Lehmann Maupin, NY (2010); 7th Gwangju Biennial, South Korea. (2008); 27° São Paulo Biennial (2006); Gambiarra – New Art from Brazil, Gassworks, London (2004); Unbound, Parasol Unit, London (2004); and the 8th Havana Biennial (2003). Highlighted public collections: TBA21 Collection, Tate Modern, MoMA, New York and Inhotim, Minas Gerais. In 2007 he held a solo expo “New Utopias” at the Museum of Modern Art Aloisio Magalhães in Recife, Brazil; “Cicloviaérea” at the ASU Museum of Art, Phoenix, USA. In 2008, “Clicloviaérea station” was in Sao Paulo Cultural Center, and in 2009 exhibited “Padedéu” at Galeria Luisa Strina, São Paulo, Brazil; “Com Piada”. Lopes graduated in Fine Arts at the UFRJ-Rio de Janeiro and, in 2004, awarded by the Cisneros artist residency. In 2017, Jarbas held a solo show at CRAC Alsace, France.