Our Founder Michael Collopy
Well known for his commissioned portraits of a variety of world figures and celebrities ranging from seven U.S. presidents and Pope Francis to Frank Sinatra and Matt Damon, Michael Collopy is unparalleled in his ability to capture his subjects’ spirit and heart with his images. The humanitarian vision that drives his art focuses on the virtues of humility, kindness and compassion, which have led to his work with forty-two Nobel Peace Prize winners, including Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his decades long relationship with Saint Teresa.
For forty years Collopy has been engaging in projects to bring the work of peacemakers into focus. Several books, worldwide awards, inspirational exhibits, a documentary film and unifying talks have helped countless individuals find a path to peace. In 2008, Collopy formed The Architects of Peace Foundation to share the wisdom and images he collected while photographing pioneers, icons, artists, explorers, and activists throughout the world. The Foundation offers hope through the words of those dedicating their lives to the right fight, for humanity, sustainability, and equality.
Today, Collopy continues to deepen his commitment, courageously speaking about the process of peace making, exploring curriculum development to encourage students to study and act with kinship, and leading us all to the humanity of service, so critical in our world today.