Jairo Lopez was born in Colombia. He was ordained to the Roman Catholic priesthood in 1994 and currently serves as a parish priest at St. John’s Catholic Church in Marble Falls. Two of his sculptures are on display at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Fr. Lopez also created the permanent sculpture at the Marble Falls Visitor Center – this piece combined the magic of his mosaic glass with metal from our old bridge that was blown up on March 17, 2013.
From an article in the Statesman:
“Since I attended seminary, I’d visited churches in Mexico and Italy that had all this beautiful mosaic art. I was interested because the art lasts forever,” he said. He studied art at St. Edward’s University and the Mosaic Art School in Ravenna, Italy.
Eventually, his art and his work meshed. “It’s become part of my prayer life, my spirituality,” he said. “Sometimes it’s best being almost in the dark and looking at something you’ve created. What can you change to improve it?
“When you meditate, you see the beauty of God in the materials, the colors and textures.”
He compares a mosaic to his church community. “The colors, textures and materials of a mosaic, that’s my parishioners. They are all of different styles, sizes and cultures. The community is one big mosaic. Without one piece, the image isn’t finished,” he said.