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FACULTY

The teaching staff of The Altos de Chavón School of Design comes from around the world. The professors have been selected from among a community of artists and designers dedicated to academic excellence in art and design.


The teaching staff of The Altos de Chavón School of Design comes from around the world. The professors have been selected from among a community of artists and designers dedicated to academic excellence in art and design.


 

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ANGELO VALENZUELA
 

A graduate of The Altos de Chavón School of Design, he heads the Southern Cultural Project on Fine Arts, which develops the talent of young artists throughout the region, especially San Juán de La Maguana. In January 2005, he presented his artwork Mythology of the South at the Museum of the Dominican Family.

CARLOS MONTESINO
 

A Dominican visual artist and graduate of The Altos de Chavón School of Design, he completed his bachelor’s degree and earned a Master of Fine Arts degree at Parsons The New School for Design, in New York. A former Academic Dean at The School of Design, he also teaches at the Universidad Autónoma and the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes, in Santo Domingo.

GINNA OZUNA
 

A graduate of the Altos de Chavón School of Design in Fine Arts and Illustration, she recently underwent professional training at Parsons The New School for Design. Since 2007 she has been an active member of The School of Design’s Continuing Education program in the area of digital design. She is director of the GO Creative Studio, in Santo Domingo, and has developed projects in both communication design and fine arts and illustration.

IRENE RODRÍGUEZ
 

A graduate of the Universidad Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña in Design and Interior Decoration, and of The Altos de Chavón School of Design in Graphic Design, she holds a Technical Degree in Design and Sale of Crafts from the Ministry of Industry and Energy in Madrid. Her professional experience includes interior design projects for both residential and commercial (corporate and hotel) clients. At Altos de Chavón she teaches art history, and for many years she has taught continuing education courses in interior design at The School of Design in Santo Domingo.

JACINTO LAM GONZÁLEZ
 

He graduated from the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes, San Alejandro, Cuba, his native country, as a teacher of drawing and painting. He earned his Bachelor of Visual Arts degree, with a specialty in painting, from the Instituto Superior de Arte in Cuba. From 1976 to 2006 he taught various art and illustration courses at the Instituto Superior de Diseño Industrial, in Havana. At The School of Design he teaches Integrated Two-dimensional Design. He also teaches drawing and illustration at the Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo, and at Lux Mundi he teaches visual arts to grades 7–12.

MARK LINEWEAVER
 

A North American visual artist, he is a graduate of the New York Academy of Art. He has lived and studied art in France and in Siena, Italy and has taught sculpture and drawing of the human figure, composition, and mold making. He was chosen to create the posthumous sculpture of Malcolm Forbes, and the Council of Arts of New Jersey selected him to create a sculpture for the New Arts and Science Building, designed by Michael Graves, in Pomona. He has lived in the Dominican Republic since 1993, when he arrived as an Artist in Residence in Altos de Chavón.

FINE ARTS

HUGH WILSON
 

Born in Detroit, Michigan, Hugh Wilson joined the Otis College of Art and Design in 2001 and got his masters in Fine Arts at the New York Academy of Art. He lived in Northern Africa and Argelia with the Tuareg nomads, an experience that served as a source of inspiration. Hugh was featured in “Painting John”, a short documentary that earned the award for artistic excellence in the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival of 2012.

JONATHAN SCHMIDT
 

A Fine Arts and Illustration graduate of the Altos de Chavón School of Design and Parsons The New School for Design, he received a scholarship to study art and illustration at The Studio School, in New York, and participated in the Altos de Chavón Artists in Residence program. He has worked on diverse children’s book projects developed by the Dominican Department of Education and designed and illustrated the cover of the Penguin Young Readers Group, Series 2005–2006.

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MARK LINEWEAVER
 

A North American visual artist, he is a graduate of the New York Academy of Art. He has lived and studied art in France and in Siena, Italy and has taught sculpture and drawing of the human figure, composition, and mold making. He was chosen to create the posthumous sculpture of Malcolm Forbes, and the Council of Arts of New Jersey selected him to create a sculpture for the New Arts and Science Building, designed by Michael Graves, in Pomona. He has lived in the Dominican Republic since 1993, when he arrived as an Artist in Residence in Altos de Chavón.

RAÚL MIYAR
 

A Fine Arts graduate who holds a master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati, Raúl has taught visual arts and art history in The Lovett School, in Atlanta, Georgia. He has participated in art programs in Spoleto, Italy; Bangkok; Ecuador, and in the south of Italy, and in various group and individual shows in the United States. He is currently a permanent member of the faculty of The School of Design and director of the major.

YOEL BORDAS
 

Born in Dallas, Texas in 1980, artist Yoel Bordas has lived in the Dominican Republic since 1983. Winner of the Price Colección Patricia Phelps Cisneros at the 24th edition of the Centro Leon’s Biennale in 2012, with his paintings “Retirement Plan”, he was later selected for the 27th Biennale of the Museum Of Modern Art MAM in Santo Domingo in 2013 with his installation “No Bulto” (Dominican slang for No Posers/Fakers). Among his accomplishments, he’s had two solo shows in the Dominican Republic and two group shows in Argentina. After studying Advertising at UNAPEC, he graduated in 2003 from the Altos de Chavon School of Design with a Fine Arts and Illustration degree. He then taught illustration workshops at the Dalvero Academy in New York City in 2007.

FASHION DESIGN

JULIO MARCANO
 

A fashion designer, he graduated from The Altos de Chavón School of Design and earned his Bachelor’s degree from Parsons The New School for Design, in New York. He later gained experience working in the fashion industry of that city, and became head of the Fashion Design major in The School of Design during the ‘90s. Today, after 20 years with his own haute couture company of great local reputation and participation in many international fashion weeks, he rejoined The School of Design as director of Fashion Design.

KATIA RIOS
 

Designer and fashion merchandiser, she is a graduate of The Altos de Chavón School of Design. She received training in textiles in the College of Textiles of the University of North Carolina and in the mills of Burlington Mills, North Carolina. She was a product and merchandising manager for Grupo M Industries until 2005, managing accounts for product development (design) and manufacture for brands such as Marks & Spencer, Hugo Boss, Abercrombie & Fitch, Nordstrom, Ashworth, Callaway, Carters, Hanes, Gap, Nike, Ralph Lauren, Ralph Lauren Kids, Liz Claiborne, and DKNY. She was textile consultant for the National Council on Competitiveness and the Inter-American Development Bank of the Dominican Republic. She also has her own brand of business uniforms, No Laborable.

MARITZA SOTO
 

A graduate in industrial patternmaking from the Instituto Tecnológico Superior Mercy Jácquez, she has been a professor since 1993. She worked for Manutex as a patternmaker for the Karla Reid line, and was in charge of patterns for the Gourdin studio. She did freelance work in grading for various companies and also directs her own haute couture studio.

COMMUNICATION DESIGN

GINNA OZUNA
 

A graduate of the Altos de Chavón School of Design in Fine Arts and Illustration, she recently underwent professional training at Parsons The New School for Design. Since 2007 she has been an active member of The School of Design’s Continuing Education program in the area of digital design. She is director of the GO Creative Studio, in Santo Domingo, and has developed projects in both communication design and fine arts and illustration.

LUIS VALVERDE
 

A graduate of the Altos de Chavón School of Design’s Communication and Digital Design programs, Luis speciallized in video production, Motion Graphics and Stop Motion. He is the co – founder of “La Pixelería”, a studio design agency that services audiovisual projects in the entertainment industry, as well as “Outsource”, which develops content in design and animations for mappings, interactive presentations and reels in the Argentine market. He is currently a full-time professor at the school and runs the Communications Design program at Altos de Chavón.

MATILDE CAPITÁN
 

Born in Barcelona, she has lived in Santo Domingo since 1975. She worked in advertising until the end of 1987, in different agencies and communication media, achieving management positions. Since 1998 she has taught various advertising courses in the Universidad APEC. On several occasions she has been recognized as a meritorious teacher. She joined the School of Design faculty in 2005 to teach Advertising and Advertising Creativity.

SANTIAGO GARCÍA
 

A graduate of the Altos de Chavón School of Design’s Communication and Digital Design programs, Santiago furthered his studies in Editorial Design at the ENAP of Mexico. He is the co – founder of “La Pixelería”, an agency that provides design services and animation for mappings, interactive presentations, as well as branding, editorial and web design. He is currently a full-time professor at the school and runs the Communications Design program at Altos de Chavón.

FASHION DESIGN

ANNY ABATTE
 

She is a graduate of the Altos de Chavón School of Design. The Abatte & Asociados studio specializes in the creation of corporate apparel nationally and internationally. Her wide experience has included projects for such brands as BHD, Dewar’s, Pizarelli, Orange, Nokia, Grupo León Jimenes and its various brands, and Amet. She feels a passion for teaching, exercising this vocation in The School of Design’s Continuing Education program, where she teaches the basic principles of fashion design work. She has also taught illustration workshops in Colombia. A fashion analyst, she writes for work local publications reviewing runway shows and local fashion events.

INÉS SOFÍA TEJADA
 

A Dominican jewelry designer, she is an Advertising Communications graduate of the Universidad Iberoamericana. She studied jewelry design at the Altos de Chavón School of Design and continued at the Instituto Europeo di Design, in Milan, specializing in visual merchandising and fashion product management. On finishing her studies she worked for two years with the acclaimed jewelry historian Deanna Farneti Cera in the Galleria Ornamenti D’Autore, where she was in charge of repairing vintage jewelry and creating prototypes inspired by historical jewelry for various Milan fashion houses. She returned to the Dominican Republic in 2008.

IRENE FREUNDT
 

A Fashion Design graduate of The Altos de Chavón School of Design, she earned a Master’s degree in Styling, Communication Media, Publicity, and the Runway from the BAU Escuela de Diseño Superior of Barcelona. She has served as a wardrobe assistant for television commercials, music videos, and photography sessions on various national projects. In October 2010 she won Dominicana Moda’s Manos a la Moda Competition, representing the country with two feminine/masculine pieces inspired by Pedro Mir’s poem “Hay un país en el mundo.”

JOSELO FRANJUL
 

Exchanging marketing for the glamorous world of fashion, he has gained national recognition for his work as fashion editor of the Listín Diario’s publications and as image director for Ossygeno Models Management. His clients include BCBG República Dominicana, MAC Latino América, Liz Claiborne, Zara, Farux, Benetton, and Sony Music International. He is an image adviser for Miss República Dominicana Universo. For Dominicana Moda and RD Fashion Week he has served as stylist for various Dominican designers, including Miguel Genao, Luis Domínguez, Damaris Rubio, Modesta Castillo, and Lara Salcedo. He has created special projects at the Istituto Marangoni and the Nuova Accademia di Belli Arti, in Milan.

LUIS HIDALGO
 

A Fashion Design graduate of The Altos de Chavón School of Design, he has more than 10 years of teaching experience in fashion design and illustration. He has created costumes for dance, theater, movies, and various promotional events and has written and illustrated articles on fashion for local and international publications. In 2009 he had his first one-man show, “Disturbia”, at the Centro Cultural de España in Santo Domingo.

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MARITZA SOTO
 

A graduate in industrial patternmaking from the Instituto Tecnológico Superior Mercy Jácquez, she has been a professor since 1993. She worked for Manutex as a patternmaker for the Karla Reid line, and was in charge of patterns for the Gourdin studio. She did freelance work in grading for various companies and also directs her own haute couture studio.

GRAPHIC DESIGN

ABIGAIL GARCÍA FAYAT
 

She is a graduate in Cinematography for TV of the Escuela Internacional de Cine y TV de San Antonio de los Baños, Havana. In 2008 she took a course in radio production at Radio France Internationale. Her art career began in the field of art photography alongside her father, the photographer Mario García Joya, and she has participated in many group photography and art shows in Cuba, her native country, as well as in Canada, Mexico, the United States, and Europe. She has worked in still-photography, camera and video operation, direction, production, and script writing. She began her direction and production work in 1991 at the Instituto de Radio y Televisión de Cuba, and in 1998 came to live in the Dominican Republic. Locally she has developed projects for Publicitaria Interamérica, Viva FM (now Fidelity 94.1), Basanta y Cia., Canal 4, Teleradio America, Amé Canal 47, and Orange Dominicana. In 2005 she created the company Collage Producciones together with the musician and music producer Julián Fernández. She has taught classes and workshops in Cuba and Peru, as well as The School of Design.

ÁNGEL MARTE
 

A Communications Design graduate of The Altos de Chavón School of Design, he has professional experience in art direction for the most distinguished advertising agencies in the Dominican Republic. Currently he is partner and design director for Brandinc., the first Dominican consulting firm specializing in the management and development of brand value.

CAROLINA HERNÁNDEZ
 

A graphic designer and graduate of The Altos de Chavón School of Design and Parsons The New School for Design, she has studied advertising, animation design, corporate identity design, and tropical landscaping. Her professional experience includes almost 10 years as a designer for the Chips Comunicación Integrada advertising agency, where she works as art director and event producer. In 2009, she founded the design studio Woods Design Group and published her first bilingual children’s book, Fairy Shoes, published by Santuario, for which she is credited with the story, illustrations, and design. In 2011 she managed the corporate image of Barrick Pueblo Viejo, as well as Fundación Tropicalia, among others, part of the international company Newlink Group.

FIDIAS MORA
 

A graphic designer and graduate of The Altos de Chavón School of Design, he has taught in various academic institutions in Santo Domingo. He also works on the newspaper El Caribe. Currently he is head of the creative department and graphic arts at the design agency Carpeta Creativa.

GRACE REYES
 

A Graphic Design graduate of The Altos de Chavón School of Design, in 2007 she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Design and Visual Communication from the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas of the Universidad Autónoma de México, where she also earned a Diploma in Branding and Corporate Identity. In 2010 she joined the faculty of The School of Design, where she teaches workshops in editorial design and Adobe Indesign. She currently works in editorial design and on brand development and corporate identity for various Dominican companies.

MARÍA ISABEL TEJEDA
 

A graduate of The Altos de Chavón School of Design, she is a professional graphic designer and Adobe Certified Expert for Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, and Acrobat. Connected with The School of Design’s academic program for more than a decade, she currently teaches continuing education courses. She also teaches in the multimedia department of the Instituto Tecnológico de Las Américas (ITLA), working on virtual and actual education projects. She participates in the OpenCourseWare program of the ITLA associate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with the course Publication Design using Indesign. She has taught workshops and participated in conferences in various Dominican universities. For more than 14 years she has been a teacher and adviser for thesis projects in the Universidad Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña. She has also worked on local projects such as Connections El Eme and Arte Urbano Sarmiento.

MATILDE CAPITÁN
 

Born in Barcelona, she has lived in Santo Domingo since 1975. She worked in advertising until the end of 1987, in different agencies and communication media, achieving management positions. Since 1998 she has taught various advertising courses in the Universidad APEC. On several occasions she has been recognized as a meritorious teacher. She joined the School of Design faculty in 2005 to teach Advertising and Advertising Creativity.

MILTON ORTIZ
 

A Dominican designer and illustrator and graduate of The Altos de Chavón School of Design, he works with various advanced computer programs. Before opening his studio he worked in important national advertising agencies and television companies. He frequently teaches various digital graphics workshops for The School of Design. He is certified by Apple as an instructor of Final Cut Pro for Latin America.

VÍCTOR GONZÁLEZ
 

A graphic designer and graduate of The Altos de Chavón School of Design and Parsons The New School for Design, he has had design and advertising work published in Cosmopolitan, Connoisseur, Good Housekeeping, and Grupo Univisión’s magazine Más, among other magazines.

PHOTOGRAPHY

DILIA OVIEDO
 

Interested in photography since childhood, she switched from culinary arts to the camera. She took basic courses at The Altos de Chavón School of Design and studied general photography at the Escuela Superior Universitaria de Imagen y Diseño, in Barcelona, where she later took courses in photojournalism and advertising photography, working in modeling agencies in Barcelona and freelancing. In 2010 she studied fashion photography at the postgraduate level with Miguel Arnal, one of the most important figures in her education. In 2012 she collaborated on coverage of New York’s Fashion Week for the online platform “Faces of New York Fashion Week.” She ended her stay in Europe in July 2012 after having worked for four years with agencies in Barcelona and collaborating with agencies in Paris, Berlin, Brussels, and New York. She currently develops projects in the Dominican Republic.

FERNANDO & VÍCTOR
 

Víctor Santos is an advertising communications graduate of the Universidad Iberoamericana, and Fernando Nicolás studied fashion and advertising photography at the CEV Barcelona. Both men took a workshop in urban photography at The Altos de Chavón School of Design in Santo Domingo. Later they studied fashion and advertising photography at Fotodesign, fashion photography at Espacio Buenos Aires, and lighting and creative photography at Motivarte, all in Buenos Aires. Having finally returned to the Dominican Republic, in 2009, they have worked with various designers and most of the magazines in Santo Domingo. They had their first show, called “Sed,” in 2009. They continue to work for fashion magazines, designers, and the entire image (photographs and styling) for the store Sema.

LUIS MARTE
 

A Graphic Design graduate of The Altos de Chavón School of Design and Parsons The New School for Design, he won a scholarship from the international competition “Quiero ser creativo” (“I want to be creative”) from the Instituto Europeo di Design, Madrid, which enabled him to study photography. Currently he is a portrait, product, and architecture photographer.

INTERIOR DESIGN

ASHLEY ALEMANY
 

An Interior Design graduate of the Universidad Iberoamericana, she is president of Disdeco, S.A., a company with more than 15 years working in interior design, residential and corporate design, etc. She is a member of the Dominican Association of Design Professionals and the Latin American Association of Design. She specializes in event and wedding planning.

www.toyenboda.com

CAROLINA GARCÍA
 

An architect and graduate of the Universidad Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña, she has worked for various design and construction companies such as Lanatti & Asociados, Bichara Khoury y Asociados, Constructora Martínez Burgos, Prats González & Asociados, Constructora KS Investment, and S.A. Indusmetal Blanco Lister. Since 2010 she has worked at Arquitec3d.com creating animations, perspectives, and plans in 2D and 3D. She writes a regular column for the magazine La Casa and collaborates on articles on art, design, and architecture for newspapers and other national publications.

CLARA MORÉ
 

An architect and graduate of the Universidad Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña (UNPHU), she gained experience working in the studios of the well-known architects Miguel Vila Luna, Cristóbal Valdez, Marcelo Alburquerque, Juan E. Pérez Morales, and Gustavo Moré, collaborating on important residential, hotel, and corporate projects. She served as a teacher at UNPHU from 1985 to 2000 in the art, design, and professional ethics programs, and as project adviser in the Master’s degree program in Antillean architecture for the University of Jamaica in 1999. In 1997 she founded her studio, and since 2003 she has headed Moré y Wiese Arquitectura e Interiores, serving as project director. Among her recent commercial projects are La Viña de El Catador, CerArte Proyecto, Stile Showroom, City Wok in Plaza Andalucía, Pizzarelli, Jumbo Luperón, Mustard’s, Paninoteca, 3 Mariachis, and the Hard Rock Café in the Colonial Zone and Punta Cana.

GLORIA VILLAVERDE
 

An architect and graduate of the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo, she works in the department of Architecture and City Planning at the Instituto Nacional de la Vivienda. She has completed residential, educational, commercial, urban, and interior architectural projects and has collaborated with renowned architects. One of her recent projects is the design and creation of the Steve Madden store in the Blue Mall, in Santo Domingo.

IRENE RODRÍGUEZ
 

A graduate of the Universidad Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña in Design and Interior Decoration, and of The Altos de Chavón School of Design in Graphic Design, she holds a Technical Degree in Design and Sale of Crafts from the Ministry of Industry and Energy in Madrid. Her professional experience includes interior design projects for both residential and commercial (corporate and hotel) clients. At Altos de Chavón she teaches art history, and for many years she has taught continuing education courses in interior design at The School of Design in Santo Domingo.

JUAN PABLO BANKS
 

An architecture graduate of the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo with a concentration in design, he has done postgraduate studies in the planning and design of sports and recreational installations and landscape architecture at the Universidad Central de Venezuela. He earned a Master’s in Management and Productivity from UNAPEC and is a candidate for a doctorate in strategic planning at Atlantic International University. He has collaborated on many urban projects as a technical adviser, as well as on landscape, residential, commercial, and institutional endeavors. He has actively participated in research and consultation projects. His works have been published nationally and internationally, for example, in the Latin American Journal of International Affairs, the Conference Assessing Collaborative Global Design Projects among Engineering Students from the US and Latin America, and the Eighth LACCEI Conference for Engineering and Technology Innovation for the Americas, June 1–4, 2010, Arequipa, Peru.

MARIEL TAVERAS
 

An architect and graduate of the Universidad Iberoamericana, she earned her Master’s in Furniture Design at the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence. For several years she worked with furniture designers in New York and Providence, presenting her designs at such international shows and fairs as the International Contemporary Furniture Fair and Model Citizens.

www.marieltaveras.com

RAMÓN EVINS
 

A Dominican fashion designer and graduate of The Altos de Chavón School of Design, he continued his technical studies in patternmaking, production, and exhibition at the Fashion Institute of Technology, in New York. He has worked for such companies as French Connection UK, Bloomingdale’s New York , and Ripley, in Santiago de Chile. He has done independent work for Giorgio Armani, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, and Henri Bendel, in New York. Before returning to the Dominican Republic, he was a visual merchandiser for the H&M chain. He currently works for CCN (Centro Cuesta Nacional).

ROGER RAFFA
 

An architect and graduate of the Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE) in 1991, he has been a teacher at The Altos de Chavón School of Design and UNIBE since 1998. He won the Excellence in Teaching Prize in 2003 and Honor al Mérito. Privately he has developed various urban architecture projects nationally and internationally. His career is closely linked to the world of multimedia, animation, and video as a means of expressing his ideas and designs.

FINE ARTS

ALMA PEGUERO
 

In 2009 she graduated from Parsons The New School for Design, where she studied based on a scholarship earned from her work in Fine Arts and Illustration at The Altos de Chavón School of Design. That same year she completed studies in the science of yoga, and since then she has dedicated herself passionately to teaching art and yoga.

ANGELO VALENZUELA
 

A graduate of The Altos de Chavón School of Design, he heads the Southern Cultural Project on Fine Arts, which develops the talent of young artists throughout the region, especially San Juán de La Maguana. In January 2005, he presented his artwork Mythology of the South at the Museum of the Dominican Family.

GINNA OZUNA
 

A graduate of the Altos de Chavón School of Design in Fine Arts and Illustration, she recently underwent professional training at Parsons The New School for Design. Since 2007 she has been an active member of The School of Design’s Continuing Education program in the area of digital design. She is director of the GO Creative Studio, in Santo Domingo, and has developed projects in both communication design and fine arts and illustration.

JACINTO LAM GONZÁLEZ
 

He graduated from the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes, San Alejandro, Cuba, his native country, as a teacher of drawing and painting. He earned his Bachelor of Visual Arts degree, with a specialty in painting, from the Instituto Superior de Arte in Cuba. From 1976 to 2006 he taught various art and illustration courses at the Instituto Superior de Diseño Industrial, in Havana. At The School of Design he teaches Integrated Two-dimensional Design. He also teaches drawing and illustration at the Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo, and at Lux Mundi he teaches visual arts to grades 7–12.

JONATHAN SCHMIDT
 

A Fine Arts and Illustration graduate of the Altos de Chavón School of Design and Parsons The New School for Design, he received a scholarship to study art and illustration at The Studio School, in New York, and participated in the Altos de Chavón Artists in Residence program. He has worked on diverse children’s book projects developed by the Dominican Department of Education and designed and illustrated the cover of the Penguin Young Readers Group, Series 2005–2006.

http://schmidtcommunicatio4.wix.com/stoneeyestudio

http://youessay.blogspot.com/

MARK LINEWEAVER
 

A North American visual artist, he is a graduate of the New York Academy of Art. He has lived and studied art in France and in Siena, Italy and has taught sculpture and drawing of the human figure, composition, and mold making. He was chosen to create the posthumous sculpture of Malcolm Forbes, and the Council of Arts of New Jersey selected him to create a sculpture for the New Arts and Science Building, designed by Michael Graves, in Pomona. He has lived in the Dominican Republic since 1993, when he arrived as an Artist in Residence in Altos de Chavón.

RUAHIDY LOMBERT
 

A Fine Arts and Illustration graduate of The Altos de Chavón School of Design, he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Art History and Criticism from the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo and a Master of Science in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage from the Universitat Politècnica de València. For nine years he worked as an assistant in conservation and restoration of art works for Hilab, S.A. Currently he is an independent professional in the conservation and restoration of objects of cultural heritage.

WALI VIDAL
 

A visual artist and graduate of The Altos de Chavón School of Design, he has taken engraving, installation, and video art courses and ceramics and bronze workshops at the Centro León Jimenes, in Santiago, D.R.; the Escuela de Arte San Alejandro, in Cuba; and in La Romana. He has participated in individual and group shows in Santiago, La Romana, Santo Domingo, New York, and New Jersey. On two occasions he won the Eduardo León Jimenes art contest, and the Bienal de Arte Paleta de Níquel contest, in the Museo Cándido Bidó, 2006 and 2008; he has also received other national and international prizes for his artwork.