Director and Chief Curator
Gabriel's timeline looks something like this: La Coruña-London-Aberdeen-Colchester-Madrid-New York-Austin-Porto Alegre-New York. Along the way he picked up an MA in Latin American Studies and Art History and a PhD in Latin American art history. He was founding curator of the University of Essex Collection of Latin American Art; Director of Visual Arts at The Americas Society; Curator of Latin American Art at the Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas at Austin; and Chief Curator of the 6th Mercosur Biennial in Porto Alegre. He writes when he can, lectures when he can't and doesn't get much sleep.
Rafael A. Romero
A native of the Venezuelan Guyana, Rafael has been a Caraqueño since the age of seven. After entering the world of science, graduating as a physician from the Central University of Venezuela (UCV) in 1971, the now Director Emeritus of the CPPC changed his path radically, choosing to travel the wider road of humanities. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts, also from the UCV, and later, a Doctorate in Art History from the Sorbonne in Paris. In that city, he also took a course in Contemporary Museology at the International Council of Museums (ICOM). For three years, Rafael was a researcher in the National Art Gallery of Caracas, and later the Cultural Director of the National Open University, Caracas. In 1989, he returned to GAN, this time as its Executive Director. After years of working in the public sector, in 1998 Rafael entered the private sector of museology as the first Director of the CPPC. There, he undertook the professional organization and structure of programs and the launch of the CPPC’s public activity. A significant part of this activity was a grand international tour of works from the collection throughout museums in Venezuela, other Latin American countries, and the United States that took place over the course of more than a decade. Since 2008, Rafael has been the Director Emeritus of the CPPC, and among his duties, he has organized exhibitions, edited publications, and spoken at conferences. Throughout his life, he has cured both exhibitions and patients.
After studying Art History at the University of Pennsylvania and later Communications at the Annenberg School of Communications, Ileen Kohn produced and directed at the BBC for five years. She later relocated to Phnom Penh, founding MediaTies, and establishing Cambodia’s first independent media center run by women. Ileen then trained Rwandan and Burundian refugees to use video for social change under the auspices of C.A.R.E. In 1997 she returned to New York to form Suitcase Productions, a television production company that created programs for Discovery, A&E and other networks. Ileen joined the CPPC in 2005 where she has worked within every department, established the CPPC imprint and is now Deputy Director.
Director of Operations
Antonio studied Business Administration in Venezuela, and obtained his Master’s in Economics from Washington State University in the USA. He worked at the Banca Comercial and was the Manager of Billing and Payment for General Electric. His vast experience includes various roles as Manager and Director in various of the companies of the Cisneros Group, and he is currently the Administrative Manager for the Fundación Cisneros and the Director of Operations for the CPPC in Venezuela. He loves all expressions of the arts, but is particularly fond of visual arts and music. A sports fanatic in general, Antonio has spent a significant part of his life learning and practicing fencing.
After finishing his studies at the Universidad Central of Venezuela in the late 70s, Rafael began working as a museographer architect in the then just opened National Art Gallery in Caracas. There, in two distinct periods over the course of more than 18 years, he covered all the technical aspects of the Museum’s operations, from the design and production of exhibitions; to conservation; registration; editorial production; and fundraising, becoming the Museum’s Executive Director in the late 90s. Rafael subsequently began working as a curator for the CPPC, where he was involved in the Latin America tour of works from the collection that ended in 2007. He now dedicates himself to the design, coordination and production of exhibitions of the CPPC’s Orinoco collection in Europe. He often jokes with his colleagues that he has 35 years of experience—but it’s true! In his free time, he is an obsessive reader of computer manuals, and for the past 12 years, Rafael has amassed the largest collection of digital recordings in the world.
Sara developed an interest in Latin American art while at the University of Texas/Austin. There, she interned in the department of Latin American art at the Blanton Museum, and studied abroad in Buenos Aires. In 2010 Sara joined the CPPC team, where she manages projects such as exhibitions and the website. She went back to school to receive her MA in art history from NYU and while she loves living under piles of books, Sara is enjoying being out of school for the first time in her life.
Mariana Barrera Pieck
Manager of Communications
Mariana is responsible for the Communications at the CPPC. After graduating from college in Mexico City and working as a research journalist for a local newspaper, she moved to New York City to pursue a Master’s degree in International Affairs and Communications at Columbia University, a degree she thought would help her build The New Republic, Mexican edition. In 2011 a fortuitous coincidence brought her closer to the arts, where she has decided to stay. Mariana is also in charge of daily reminding the rest of the staff about how great Mexico is.
Assistant to the Director Emeritus
Born in Caracas, Katiuska graduated with an Advanced Technical degree in Business Administration specializing in Human Resources. She began working at a young age, and in 2005 was hired to be Dr. Rafael Romero’s assistant in the CPPC, a responsibility she holds to this day. Katy also assists with other departments and projects within the Fundación Cisneros.
Donna Wingate is the founder and executive editor of Artist and Publisher Services, a New York City-based consultancy that facilitates the publication of monographs, exhibition catalogues, and artist books for museums, foundations, galleries, universities, artists, private collections, publishers, and other institutions. Since 2009 she has served as East Coast creative director for the Seattle-based art book publisher Marquand Books. Together with CPPC Deputy Director Ileen Kohn, Donna is co-editor of the CPPC's Conversaciones series.
Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy
Curator of Contemporary Art
Sofía is the curator of contemporary art for the CPPC, a position she has held since 2011. In the past decade, Sofia was Director of the Museo Tamayo in Mexico City, and held curatorial positions at Art in General and Americas Society, the latter two in New York. She has curated exhibitions for Kadist Art Foundation in Paris, MALBA in Buenos Aires, Center for Contemporary Art in Vilnius, and MUSAC in León. Sofía was an agent for dOCUMENTA(13), 2012, in Kassel. She was also the artistic director and chief curator of the 9a Bienal do Mercosul | Porto Alegre, which took place from September 13 to November 10, 2013, in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Sofía writes regularly for exhibition catalogs, magazines and in the blog she initiated, Sideshows.org.
Curator of the Orinoco Collection
Zuleima began her career as an assistant for the photographer Stella White in 1991, working in the photographic archives of the Ethnographic Collection from the Amazon. In handling objects from the collection, Zuleima discovered a skill for restoration, and was asked to join the team of the collector and ethnographer Edgardo González Niño and curator Andrés Ortega from who she received her initial training. From then on she was in charge of the collection’s registration on The Museum System, tracking the conservation, crating, assembly and disassembly of the works throughout the many exhibitions that have taken place in major museums and institutions of Europe. Zuleima is now the Curator of the important legacy of the CPPC’s Orinoco Collection from the Venezuelan Amazonas region.
As Collections Manager of the CPPC, Skye dedicates her work to the preservation, documentation and archiving of the Collection. She cares for artworks as they enter the Collection, and as they go out on loan to museums around the world, often traveling with them to ensure safety and proper handling. Born and raised in the Western United States, she studied art history and Spanish language at Wheaton College in Massachusetts. In 2007 she moved to New York City and will likely stay there forever. Skye is an avid collector of pretty dresses, appreciator of good neighborhood watering holes, part-time window shopper, and karaoke connoisseur.
Manager of Storage and Installation
As a drummer in a rock n’ roll band, John “daylighted” as a curatorial assistant and art handler at the Blanton Museum of Art working under curators Mari Carmen Ramirez and Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro. Once he relocated to New York, he worked in a wide array of galleries and high-end residences as an art handler. It was then that Gabriel, now director of the CPPC, invited him to join the CPPC’s registrar team where his work is focused on facility management and installation.
Eddy was born in the Dominican Republic and has spent most of his life in New York City. Eddy’s fascination with art began during a family vacation to Europe when he was a young teenager. His interest in Italian Renaissance art and architecture led him to study art history and Italian at Hunter College, graduating in 2013. While at Hunter, Eddy had the opportunity to study in Italy and to travel between Florence, Paris and Barcelona. After internships at art galleries and at MoMA in New York, he joined the CPPC as an assistant registrar. When he’s not helping to keep the collection in tip-top shape, Eddy can be seen in cafes reading tech blogs and drinking way too much coffee.
Head of Information and Technology
Satoshi was born in Southern California and moved to New York City in 2000 for his undergraduate studies at NYU in Linguistics and Africana Studies. While a student there, he had opportunities to travel to Spain, Cuba, and South Africa. He later received his MSLIS (Master of Library and Information Science) from Pratt Institute and in 2008, joined the CPPC team as its Librarian and Special Projects Manager. Yes, he catalogues and organizes his own books at home.
Carrie is a word wrangler for the CPPC who also looks after the CPPC’s wonderful interns. She has a BFA from Pratt Institute, an MFA from Queens College, NY, and attended the Whitney’s ISP. Carrie has lectured and taught at the Whitney Museum, Pratt Institute, the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and the New England School of Art and Design at Suffolk University. She is an artist and a writer who daydreams in her spare time. Carrie lives on a remote island in New York Bay and takes two delightful boat trips daily to and from work.