About the Artist

John Bloom was born in Providence, RI, in 1948. His undergraduate degree from University of Rochester was in Studio Arts and Psychology. It was in Rochester, NY, wandering the galleries of the International Museum of Photography at the George Eastman House, that his interest in photography grew in connection to the broader world of painting and the visual arts. He then went on to study and teach in Toronto at Ryerson University before moving to Albuquerque, NM, for graduate studies in photography and the history of photography. He received an M.A. (1979) in art and an M.F.A. (1981) in photography from the University of New Mexico. His dissertation focused on the nature of "Transformative Visions". It was during his time in New Mexico that he began painting on large-scale photographs. With his young family he moved to San Francisco where he taught studio photography classes, and history of photography at multiple Bay Area universities. He was also instrumental in helping to found PhotoMetro magazine where he became senior editor, while also contributing to numerous other art publications.

During the 1980s and 1990s he actively showed his work throughout the United States. His work is in the collections of SFMOMA, ICP New York, Detroit Institute of Arts, The Museum of Art at RISD, and the IMP in Rochester among others, and is included in numerous exhibition publications. A more complete list of exhibitions and publications can be found in the attached resumé. His critical writings on photography culminated in the publication of Photography at Bay: Interviews, Essays and Reviews (UNM Press, 1993).

During the mid-1990s, while he continued actively making art, he became much less involved with the art scene, and began to focus his creative and transformative vision elsewhere as he developed innovative philanthropic programs in the field of social finance. He is currently vice-president, organizational culture at RSF Social Finance in San Francisco. He has found remarkable parallels between working creatively with paint and other media and working with organizations—moving from chaos to order through emergent processes.

He has worked with over one hundred non-profits in the last seven years in the areas of capacity building and culture change, also leading workshops and lecturing. As part of his work at RSF he frequently writes for the blog Reimagine Money, where he lends insight into the next economy. In October 2009, he published a second book, The Genius of Money: Essays and Interviews Reimagining the Financial World (SteinerBooks, MA). A third book, Slow Investing, for which he served as editor and wrote the introduction, was published in late 2012. A further collection of his essays, Inhabiting Interdependence: On Being in the Next Economy (SteinerBooks, MA) was published in 2013. Inspired by transformation, Bloom’s work is permeated with innovation and evocation. He lives in San Francisco.

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