Ileen joined the CPPC in 2005 as a member of the Collections Management team. In that capacity, she helped to care for the works that comprise the CPPC’s 5 collections of Latin-American cultural patrimony. Next, as Project Manager, Ileen oversaw education programs and exhibitions. Moving into a directorial capacity, as Assistant Director to Subdirector, she worked to establish the CPPC imprint beginning with titles like Constructive Vision and the Conversations/ Conversaciones series and oversaw the development of the CPPC’s digital presence and award-winning video productions. Before coming to the CPPC, Ileen studied Art History at the University of Pennsylvania, Communications at the Annenberg School of Communications, and went on to produce and direct at the BBC for five years. She later relocated to Phnom Penh, founding MediaTies, through which she established Cambodia’s first independent media center run by women and then trained Rwandan and Burundian refugees to use video for social change under the auspices of C.A.R.E. From 1997-2004, she formed Suitcase Productions, a television production company that created programs for Discovery, A&E and other networks.
Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro was Director and Chief Curator of the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros (2008–2018), and Curator of the 33rd São Paulo Bienal (2018). From 2002–2008, he was Curator of Latin American Art at the Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin. In 2007, he was Chief Curator of the 6th Mercosur Biennial in Porto Alegre, Brazil. He holds a PhD in Art History and Theory from the University of Essex, and an MA in Art History and Latin American Studies from the University of Aberdeen. From 2000-2002 he was Director of Visual Arts at The Americas Society in New York. Prior to that he was Exhibitions and Programs Coordinator at the Casa de América in Madrid. From 1993 to 1998 he was Founding Curator of the University of Essex Collection of Latin American Art. He has published and lectured widely on modern and contemporary art from Latin America.
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 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.
Director of Museum Relations and Special Projects
As Director of Museum Relations and Special Projects, Alexa manages the many museum and institutional relationships in the office of Patricia Phelps de Cisneros. Previously she was the Associate Director of Client Services at sokoloff + associates. From 2007-2009 Alexa was the Marketing and Development Director at the Museum of Modern Art in Medellin, Colombia, where she is currently a member of the curatorial committee. In her “free” time, Alexa is co-founder of not.a.collective in New York and moving-desk.com. Alexa has an MA in Visual Arts Administration from New York University.
Mariana Barrera Pieck
Coordinating Director of Communications & Digital Content Producer
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.
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.
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.
Head of Information
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.