Transy Lopez

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Transy Lopez was born and raised in the town of Chapala, in Jalisco, México, next door to his uncle, Vicente Montano, who was a pre-Colombian art sculptor and dealer.  Transy played there as a child with his cousins in the big house that seemed more like an art museum than a house, and began working with his uncle as an apprentice in the sculpture workshop when he was 18 years old.  At that time, there were 17 people, mostly family and friends, making pieces that resembled pre-Colombian sculptures.  This is where Transy assimilated the art of sculpture.  His uncle was the master and teacher running the workshop.
 

A couple of years later, he moved away and started working at San Juan Cosala for Sergio Cuevas.  Sergio was a successful businessman, art gallery owner, sculptor, and art dealer at that time.  He created abstract sculptures out of wood, metal, marble, and ceramics.  They experimented constantly with ceramics, fire, and glazes.  Transy learned a lot from him as he helped him with his projects.  It was there that Transy learned contemporary sculpture and pottery.  Sergio displayed and sold Transy’s pieces in his gallery.

In the nineties, Transy moved to California where he studied ceramics and sculpture at the college of San Mateo and participated in different art exhibitions.  He also entered the ceramics contest at the San Mateo County Fair where he won first place.  Later, he moved to Virginia, where he  mostly made miniature art pottery, and then to Iowa, where he created large, architectural sculptures for buildings as well as small sculptures, drawings and paintings. In Iowa he spent two years taking drawing and painting lessons at the Des Moines Art Center.

In 2013 Transy moved to Arizona and opened TL Gallery/Studio in Cottonwood, Arizona.  He also has been doing art shows around the country and is currently displaying his pieces in the Woodman/Shimko Gallery in Palm Springs, California, The White Bird Gallery in Cannon Beach, Oregon, Your Art’s Desire in Minnetonka Minnesota, and the Jerome Artist's Cooperative in Arizona.  In the spring of 2017 he won first prize in Ceramics at the Tempe Festival of the Arts in Arizona and in the summer of 2018 he won the award of Excellence in the BAM ARTSfair (Bellevue Art Museum) in Washington state.

The artists that he admires most are the three Mexican muralists; Orozco, Rivera, Sequeiros, as well as Michelangelo, Rodin and Picasso.