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Maria Bonta de la Pezuela

Art Consultant

Biography

A native of Argentina who is based in New York City, Maria has over 30 years of experience in the international art world. She is an international business development leader who drives substantial revenue growth for global, multi-million-dollar organizations.

Currently, Maria serves as CEO-Americas at Carpenters Workshop Gallery, the leading contemporary design gallery in the world recognized for expanding the boundaries between art and design. Aside from heading the gallery’s operations in its largest market, her energy is focused on matching beautifully crafted and designed functional art with discerning collectors that have a keen eye for quality.

Until 2019, Maria spent 4 years as principal at MBP Consulting, a strategic advisory firm providing consulting services to galleries, museums, and private collectors throughout the world.

For almost 20 years Maria was Senior Vice President and Senior Specialist at Sotheby’s auction house where she led its regional business in North & South America, including a network of 18 representative offices from Canada to Argentina. Her region generated approximately 25% of total net sales annually. During her tenure, Maria was instrumental in several record-setting sales, both at auction and privately, including the first Frida Kahlo painting to sell above US$10 million. She oversaw the launching of Sothebys.com in Florida and headed the expansion of Sotheby’s online ventures throughout Latin America.

Maria is a published expert and lecturer. She has taught and lectured at several institutions including Parsons The New School for Design, MALBA/Fundación Costantini, Denver Art Museum, and Sotheby’s Institute of Art. Maria has also been cited by publications such as The Art Newspaper, Art & Auction, Wall Street Journal, La Nación, and Folha de São Paulo.

Maria has a Master’s degree from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, where her specialization in Chinese Export Porcelain for the Mexican Colonial market led to her award-winning 2009 book that included a catalog of the collection of the Museo Nacional del Virreinato.