The board

CHAIR:

MÒNICA RAMON

Mònica Ramon Navarro (Barcelona, 1969)

She studied at the Eulàlia Technical School in Barcelona. During her university studies in History of Art, she worked in the family antiques and art gallery business, being the fourth generation.

After university, she took two Decorative Arts courses (18th to 20th centuries) at Sotheby’s – London and perfected her English language skills.

Now fully incorporated into working in the family art gallery, she oversees decorative art and furniture sales and carries out the whole process, from restoration of the piece to contact with the decorator for its sale.

She was the manager of the Artur Ramon Art contemporary art space, also creating the programming. Later, she went on to manage another Artur Ramon Art space, which held exhibitions linked to the ancient, modern, and contemporary world.

Regarding the association, she presided over the GAC Awards between 2015 and 2019, leaving the post to become Chair of the GAC in April 2019.

DEPUTY CHAIR:

VICTÒRIA CORTINA

Victoria Cortina (Barcelona, 1976)

Bachelor of Communication from Barcelona University, and Master’s in Business Communication and New Technologies from Pompeu Fabra University. Since 2006, Victoria Cortina has fully devoted herself to the art world and is currently the director of the Cortina Gallery inaugurated in 1981 by her mother Mª Ángeles Munuera. Specialising in Modern Art, her passion for art comes from childhood.

SECRETARY:

MARIBEL NAVARRO

Maribel Navarro (Barcelona, 1966)

Bachelor of Humanities from Pompeu Fabra University; Post-graduate degree in Cultural Management and Administration from IDEC.

She has worked at various galleries in Sitges and Barcelona, and currently also works as an exhibition curator in different cultural spaces.

What she likes most about her work is its connection with culture. And what she likes most about culture is its etymological meaning: cultivation of the soul.

TREASURER:

JOAN PI

Joan Pi Andreu (Barcelona, 1966)

MEMBERS:

JORDI BARNADAS

Jordi Barnadas i Rull (Barcelona 1966)

Studies in Economics, Barcelona University.

1993. Bachelor of History of Art, Barcelona University. 1995. Business Development Strategies Course, ESADE.

Since 1992, director of the Jordi Barnadas Gallery, Barcelona.
Since 2013, artistic director of Barnadas-Huang Gallery, Singapore.
1999-2003. Deputy Chair of the Union of Galleries of Spain.
2007-2009. Chair of the Union of Catalan Art Galleries.

Founder of the Relleu Foundation.
Founder of the Hayek Group.
Founder of the 2nd stage of FNEC.

1998. Finalist for the Best Young Entrepreneur of Catalonia award.

CARLES CASALS

Carles Casals Casals (Tordera, 1962)

He studied Economics for five years at a private centre, and started studying for a History of Art degree, which he did not complete. Co-founder of the L’Arcada art gallery in Blanes (Girona) in 1991 together with Lluís Pascual y Castaño. He participated in the Artexpo art show in 1996 and 1997, and in Frankfurt (January 2015). He has been called several times to be a member of the panel of judges in various painting competitions. He has participated as a listener in Talking Galleries, an international meeting of gallery owners held in Barcelona since 2011. He is a regular visitor to art fairs, museums, and exhibitions. He combines his passion for art with an administrative job in the mornings

Always linked to cultural activities since his youth, at 12 years old he founded the magazine Junts (1974-1982) with a group of friends; he was one of the founders of Radio Tordera in 1982 and a presenter of a weekly programme until 1990. Organiser of series of concerts in Tordera church (1988-1989), organiser and Chair of the Music Festival in Esperança since 1991, where four concerts are still held on Fridays during the month of May in the Esperança Chapel. Art and culture, his passion.

BENITO PADILLA

Benito Padilla Chicano (Barcelona, 1949)

Born in Barcelona, he is a Bachelor of History from Barcelona University. He has been a tenured professor of History and History of Art.

In 1989 he created the Mogambo art and culture space in Premià de Mar (Barcelona). In 2007, he founded Imaginart Gallery in Barcelona, where he manages and promotes historical avant-gardes of modern and contemporary art, and advises private collections.

GABRIEL PINÓS

Gabriel Pinós Guirao (Barcelona, 1976)

He studied Business Management and Administration (1995-2000) at Abad Oliba, a centre affiliated with Barcelona University. Member of the second generation of antiquaries and gallery owners specialising in Modernism; he has worked professionally at the Gothsland gallery for thirteen years, which he now manages.

Co-founder of the Museum of Modernism in Barcelona (2010). Author and coordinator of various specific catalogues on Catalan Modernism. Co-curator of the exhibitions “Cataluña, Tierra Ignota”, Pinnae Foundation, Vilafranca del Penedès, summer 2013 and “Mysteria”, Museum of Catalan Modernism, Barcelona, autumn 2013. Speaker on “Collecting Modernist furniture”, III Series of Conferences, Aesthetics for a change of century, Palau Güell, Barcelona. March 2015, and “The escritoire: from the functionality of the Mediaeval era to the virtuosity of Modernism”, I coupDefouet International Congress, Barcelona University, June 2013.

He is currently studying the Paris stage of the Barcelona artist Joan Cardona y Lladós (Barcelona, 1877 – 1958).

PEPA QUINTEIRO

Pepa Quinteiro Giner (Reus, 1963)

Bachelor of Geography and History from Barcelona University. She has managed the Anquin’s art gallery in Reus since 1992 and managed the contemporary art space Artloft between 2001 and 2012. Anquin’s art gallery was founded in 1973 by Pepita Giner and Antonio Quinteiro, being one of the first galleries to be established outside Barcelona. She organised the Biennial Young Painter Competition (1992-2012) and the May Show exhibition (1992-2012). From 2005 she has taken part in international fairs in France (St’art), Germany (Art Karlsruhe, Art Fair Cologne), Austria (Art Bodensee), Belgium (AAF Brussels) and Holland (AAF Amsterdam).

She has done various complementary courses: Contemporary Art Summer Workshop at Sotheby’s (London), in July 2003; Modern and Contemporary. French art from Impressionism to today, IESA, Paris, in July 2006; Valuation and appraisal of works of art. Methodology and Fundamentals, IART (Madrid), in July 2010.

She has been a member of the Governing Body of the GAC since 2007.

ROSER XANDRI

Roser Xandri Calafell (Sant Guim de Freixenet, 1955)

She studied History of Art at Lleida University, as well as a Master’s in Cultural Management. She took doctoral courses in History of Art at Lleida University. For the last 11 years she has been the artistic director of the Espai Cavallers Gallery.

She has participated in roundtables to debate topics relating to the art world at the Institute for Lleida Studies. She has judged various artistic competitions and has also participated in Quiral of the Vila Casas Foundation. She works with various cultural associations and entities.

MANAGER:

JORDI PIJOAN-LÓPEZ

Jordi Pijoan-López (Tortosa, 1970)

Bachelor of History and Doctor of Archaeology from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. He is currently studying an Executive MBA at the EAE business school.

After many years dedicated to scientific research, in May 2004 he took over the Technical Secretariat of the GAC and in 2015 its management, a post he still holds.

HONORARY CHAIR:

DOLORS JUNYENT

Dolors Junyent (Barcelona, 1942 – 2018)

Graduate of Art from the Barcelona Llotja School of Design and Visual Arts. Academic years 1957-1967.

Always linked to the world of art, in 1978 she founded her own gallery, the Dolors Junyent Art Gallery in Barcelona, specialising in the masters of Catalan painting from the 19th and 20th centuries, the Historical Avant-garde and contemporary artists of international prestige.

In 1993 and 1994, she was a member of the Catalan Art Galleries (the Union of Catalan Art Galleries at that time) and in 1995, she became the Deputy Chair of the association for two years.

Later she was chosen as acting Chair of the Catalan Art Galleries (1997-1999), being the Chair from 2000 until 2007.

From 1996 until 2000, she was a member of the ArtExpo Organising Committee, the Contemporary Art Fair of Barcelona. She was also part of the Organising Committee for the Barcelona Antiques Show from 1997 to 2001.

For eight years (2000-2007) she was a member of the Advisory Council of the Catalan Institute of Cultural Industries of the Department of Culture of the Generalitat (Catalan Regional Government).

From 2002 to 2007 she was a member of the General Council of the Catalan Consortium for Promotion of Catalan Culture of the Department of Culture of the Generalitat.

From 2001 to 2003 she was the Chair of ArtExpo, Contemporary Art Fair of Barcelona.

Since 2007 she is the Honorary Chair of the Catalan Art Galleries.