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Conversations with Jonathan Lopes

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jonathan Lopes.

Hi Jonathan, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself
I am a full time artist and a published author. I work within the art medium of LEGO bricks. My story is not unlike many others; I had a full time career that I found fulfilling but I also had a need to be creative on my own. After a number of years of pursuing a side gig as a musician, I started creating art with LEGO bricks. My art career had grown to the point that I felt I wanted to pursue it at a higher level. This came shortly after a time where I changed jobs within my career and ended up working for a company that was less fulfilling and not the right fit for me. The decision to break free from that company was easy and doing so provided me with the full time bandwidth to pursue my art at a much higher level. This is where I am today: leading a creative lifestyle, exhibiting my works across the country, creating custom works as a commissioned artist and attending conventions and conferences as an artist in residence as well as leading creative classes and sessions for corporate events. I am busier than ever and happy about it. I also feel that I am giving back to society and inspiring others to be creative and possibly follow similar paths.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
My art career grew and evolved organically and the growth has been a relatively uneventful. Balancing a full time career as my art business grew was the biggest challenge. I am a hard worker and made it work but eventually, I concluded that to keep pace with my growing art career I needed to allocate more time to it. This necessitated me exiting the corporate workforce.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am an artist who works within the medium of LEGO bricks. LEGO bricks are the equivalent of clay to a sculptor and paints to a painter. Additionally, I am a published author and have a book entitled New York City: BRICK BY BRICK that showcases my New York City themed LEGO works and also talks about my creative process and inspiration for this body of work. My work takes me across the country to exhibitions and conventions as an artist in residence. Additionally, a large part of my business is creating custom LEGO sculptures for clients. I create anything and everything for people from creating a LEGO version of their house to creating full botanical landscapes as well as conceptual art for corporate installations. I am also available to lead building sessions for corporate events as well as camps and schools that are more child-focused.

We’d love to hear about how you think about risk taking?
Taking risks is paramount to success, in my view. We’ll have some hits and some misses along the way but we will learn and grow from them all. I’ve taken many risks in my business, but by far the largest risk I took was exiting the corporate world. Breaking free from the programming that is instilled in many of us; that we need a corporate job or career. I exited in early 2020, right before the Covid pandemic hit the United States and shut down the country. It was a concerning time, but I used the time to focus on my work and ended up creating a full exhibit based on “LOVE”. Something I think we all needed in that time.

Contact Info:

  • Email: jonathan@jonathanlopes.com
  • Website: jonathanlopes.com
  • Instagram: @jonathanlopesofficial


Image Credits:

Laura Brown Photography

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