Bios Panelists BURST Art Dialogues
BA in Sociology , Andrés Bello Catholic University (Venezuela) and MA in Arts Administration, New York University. Her professional career has being related with the fields of visual arts, museums, corporate social responsibility, corporate collections, sociocultural projects and cultural management. Has occupied executive positions in private and public institutions and as a curator participated in national and international exhibitions. Her writings are published in specialized art magazines, journals and digital magazines.
Paco Barragán (Oviedo, Spain) is an independent curator and arts writer based in Madrid. He is Associate Editor of ARTPULSE Magazine (USA) and curatorial advisor of the Artist Pension Trust (APT), New York.
He served as co-curator for the International Biennale of Contemporary Art (IBCA) at the National Gallery in Prague in 2005; and the Bienal de Lanzarote in 2009.
Some of the shows he has curated are “The End of History-and the Return of History Painting”, Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem (MMKA), Arnhem, The Netherlands, 2011; “Patria o libertad. The Rhetorics of Patriotism” for Miami Dade College, Miami, 2010, and COBRA Museum, The Netherlands, 2011; “Cinema X: I Like to Watch” for the MoCCA in Toronto, 2010; “Drawing the Line” for Galeria EDS, Mexico City, 2010; “When a Painting Moves… Something Must Be Rotten” for the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico (MAPR), Puerto Rico, 2009, and the Stenenser Museum, Oslo, 2011; “The Non-Age. The Rebel of Age.” for the Kunsthalle Winterthur, Wintherthur, Switzerland, 2010, and Museum voor Moderne Kunst (MMK), Arnhem, The Netherlands, 2012.
He is author of “The Art to come/El arte que viene”, 2002, Subastas Siglo XXI, and “The Art Fair Age” released by CHARTA in June 2008; and editor of “Don’t Call it Performance”, 2004, Fundacion Salamanca; “Sustainibilities” (CHARTA), 2008, and co-editor with Selene Wendt of “When a Painting moves…Something Mustbe Rotten!”, 2011, (CHARTA).
Ariel Jiménez is a historian and curator of modern and contemporary art. He studied art history and archeology at the Sorbonne University (Paris) and has curated numerous exhibitions in public and private institutions in Venezuela, Latin America and the United States. He is currently Chief Curator of the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros art collection (Caracas) and of the Jesus Soto Museum of Modern Art in Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela.
Jimenez has published, among other titles: The primacy of color (Caracas: Monte Ávila Publishers, 1992), I have lived through the eyes. Correspondence Alejandro Otero / Alfredo Boulton. 1946-1974 (London: Alberto Vollmer Foundation and Fundación Museo Alejandro Otero, 2001), Conversations with Jesus Soto (Caracas: Fundación Cisneros, 2001), Soto (Caracas: Fundación Jesús Soto and Fundación Banco de Venezuela, 2007), Alfredo Boulton and his contemporaries. Critical Dialogues in Venezuelan art. 1912-1974 (New York: Museum of Modern Art, New York and Fundación Cisneros, 2010), Carlos Cruz-Diez in Conversation with Ariel Jiménez (Caracas: Fundación Cisneros, 2010).
Ricardo Pau-Llosa has been publishing art criticism and poetry internationally for over 35 years. As a curator, he has served on numerous group projects and juried various international exhibitions. He has also been instrumental in discovering new talents and helping launch their careers, as he has done most recently with GUILD, a group of eight Miami painters
Pau-Llosa was born into a working-class family in Havana. In 1960 Pau-Llosa fled Cuba with his parents, older sister, and maternal grandmother — all of whom emerge in his autobiographical poems of exile and remembrance. He graduated from Belén Jesuit Preparatory High School in Miami in 1971, and went on to major in English (literature) at various universities, among them Florida International University (BA, 1974), Florida Atlantic University (MA, 1976), and the University of Florida (1978–1981) .
His first book of poetry, Sorting Metaphors (Anhinga Press, 1983), won the first national Anhinga Prize. He published a second book of poetry in Bread of the Imagined (Bilingual Press, 1992). His third book of poems, Cuba (Carnegie Mellon U Press, 1993), was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. His latest collections are Mastery Impulse (2003) and Parable Hunter (2008), both from Carnegie Mellon.
Dr. Roc Laseca
RocLaseca holds a PhD in Art Theory and Cultural Prospective. Trained as a musicologist and on semiotics of art at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and Helsinki. Since 2002 has developed extensive work as a consultant in artistic and cultural cooperation between Spain and the U.S
Since 2006 he occupies a researcher position at the University of La Laguna in Canary Islands.
He is the author of curatorial programs for museums and art institutions in Europe, USA and Latin America, with special emphasis on agreements on long-term international cultural collaboration. Among his latest curatorial highlights are; the first solo exhibition of Bill Viola "Liber insularum" on peripheral images at theMuseo Municipal de Tenerife, 2011, also the group show "Shadows of Silence [SOS]" on current imaginary residues (Ideobox Art , Miami, 2010) and "The Spanish Swing", rehearsing the different degrees of internal tension which tilts the contemporary image (Ascaso Gallery, Caracas, 2011).
His lectures and seminars on sound art and cultural theory include the Cervantes Institute in Paris, Valencia, Rome, Seville and Lisbon, as Visiting Professor at the National University of Lanus (Buenos Aires), Mar del Plata and at Miami Dade College .
Part of hiswork on contemporary semiotics has been published by the University of Rome Tor Vergata, Sevilla, as well as by the Instituto de Estudios Canarios and the Atlantica Magazine of History and Culture. His two latest books, Alien and The Island Baroque Viola have been published by the Government of the Canary Islands. Laseca is currently Secretary for the Arts Illustrious Atheneum in Laguna (Canary Islands) and Director of the Spanish in Venezuela Biennium 2011 / 2013. In 2008, Mayor Carlos Alvarez and the Board of Commissioners appointed him Miami Dade Distinguished Visitor due to his efforts in promoting global intercultural dialogue.
Amable López Meléndez,
Recognized art critic and curator Born in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic Chief Curator –of the Museo de Arte Moderno, Dominican Republic. Caribbean History & Geography graduate of the in Santo Domingo Catholic University, UCSD-1986: member of theorganizing team of the First Caribbean and Central American Painting Biennial , Museum of Modern Art. 1993: Co-author and editorial coordinator of "Paseo de las Artes, The New Urban Image of Santo Domingo", published by the Secretary of State for Public Works and Telecommunications. 1999: Curatorial Committee member of the XXI National Biennial of Visual Arts.
Throughout the past years he has conducted a series of dialogues under the title "When Critics…", as part of the National Visual Arts Biennials, in Dominican Republic and his lectures on polysynthesis Painting in Santo Domingo and “Art Market Ethics and the Critique” continue to be presented .
In 2001: the Dominican section of the International Arts Critics Association awards him for his art citic work in the newspaper TODAY. 2003: Member of the Awards Jury of the XXII National Biennial of Visual Arts in Dominican Republic. 2006. The Dominican Association of Art Critics awarded Lopez Melendez in 2007 as the best art critics work in the Media and the Award for best Curatorial Labor in year2006. President of AICA-Dominican Republic from 2006 -2009.
He has curated numerous solo and group exhibitions of established and emerging artists in major galleries, museums, cultural centers and alternative spaces in the Caribbean and Latin America. He is currently Chief Curator of the Museum of Modern Art, Santo Domingo. For over a decade he has kept the Areito Contemporary Art section, the cultural supplement of TODAY newspaper in Santo Domingo. Art critic at Arte Al Dia International, ARTNOTES International-Miami/Buenos Aires and Santiago de Compostela / Barcelona / New York.
A key player of the 1st Caribbean Art Triennial in 2010.
Jorge Luis Gutierrez
Through decades, as a dynamic visual arts institutions manager and curator has developed an extensive experience running museums, collections, art organizations and college art galleries. Gutierrez has guided exhibition programs engaging a spectrum of curators, scholars, critics and diverse audiences in its activities; displaying a broad historical, cultural, and aesthetic range of visual and related arts.
Gutierrez holds a BA in Architecture from Universidad Central de Venezuela, his training and education also includes a Master of Arts and Doctoral studies in Visual Arts Administration at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, at New York University. Graduate courses on Collection and Conservation of art collections at Columbia University, NY, and photography education and training at the Parsons Institute of Design, NY.
Among others, he has served as curator of the National Photography, Film and Video Collection in Venezuela; Director of the National Document Conservation Center in Caracas, Venezuela; Advisor for the Organization of American States in South America and the Caribbean on museum and archives practices; Executive Director of the Office of Cultural Affairs. National Library of Venezuela; Director of the National Museum of Visual Arts,Venezuela; Director and Chief Curator of the Miami Dade College Art Gallery System, Interim Executive Director of Miami Biennial Inc. and at present he coordinates the Triennial Miami 2013 project. Gutierrez has curated and guided ambitious exhibition programs, curated many major exhibitions, is the author of several essays, book introductions and forwards, catalogs and books on art and photography.