About us who we are.

Pablo León de la Barra

Chief officer of the artistic board

Born in Mexico City in 1972, Pablo León de la Barra earned his Ph.D in Histories and Theories from the Architectural Association, London. He has curated or co-curated more than a dozen exhibitions over the past decade, including The Camino Real Arcades (2012), Proyecto AMIL, Lima, Peru; Novo Museo Tropical, Teorética, San Jose, Costa Rica (2012); Microclimas, Kunsthalle Zürich, Switzerland (2012); Marta ‘Che’ Traba, Museo La Ene, Buenos Aires (co-curated with Beatriz López, 2012); Incidents of Mirror Travel in Yucatan and Elsewhere, Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City (2011); Incidentes de Viaje en Centroamérica, Chiapas, Yucatán y otros lugares [Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas, Yucatan and Elsewhere], Centro Cultural de España, Guatemala City (2010), and To Be Political it Has to Look Nice, apexart and Art in General, New York (2003). In London, he was a founding member of 24-7, a collective of artists and curators (2002-05), artistic director of Blow de la Barra Gallery (2005-08), and founder and co-curator of the community art space White Cubicle Gallery (2005-12). He is also the founder of the Novo Museo Tropical, and was the curator of the first Bienal Tropical in San Juan, Puerto Rico (2011). León de la Barra serves on the advisory committees of the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Miami, and the Fundación Luis Barragán, Mexico. In 2012, he received the first Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Travel Award for Central America and the Caribbean.

Albertine Kopp

Director Caribbean Art Initiative

Since 2013, Albertine Kopp has been running the Davidoff Art Initiative, which actively promotes Caribbean Arts through artist exchange programs and international communication campaigns, highlighting contemporary art from the Caribbean. In 2019, Albertine start an independent program, the Caribbean Art Initiative, continuing to champion contemporary art from the region by supporting artists, strengthening art organizations, sharing knowledge and expertise, and more generally fostering cultural engagement between the wider Caribbean and the rest of the world. The aim is to  build long-term relationships with the art scenes across the Caribbean through the delivery  of a range of programs supporting the art ecosystem in the Caribbean. Albertine has been working for over ten years in the arts for global art initiatives such as Davidoff Art Initiative, Deutsche Bank Collection and VOLTA Art Fair.

András Szántó

Chief strategic advisor and president of the patrons

András Szántó is a New York-based, Budapest-born writer, researcher, and Chief Consultant to the Davidoff Art Initiative. The co-author and editor of five books, Szántó is a contributing editor for The Art Newspaper and co-founder of ArtworldSalon. He was previously Director of the National Arts Journalism Program and the NEA Arts Journalism Institute at Columbia University, and has lectured on art business and marketing at the Sotheby’s Institute of Art. He advises leading museums, foundations, and corporations worldwide and is a moderator of the Art Basel Conversations series.


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