Managing Director - Christie's Spain, Head of Private Sales
Born in San Sebastian (Spain) in 1962. Law degree from University of Complutense, Madrid.
Varez completed a two-year MA in Art History at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, specializing in Spanish Old Masters Art between the XVI and XVII centuries. During his second year he specialized in “The portrait of European Courts in the sixteenth century”, taught by Professor Lorne Campdell, who conducted his dissertation “The Court portrait of Elizabeth of Valois”.
Juan Varez first joined Christie's in 1991 as an Old Masters specialist. In 1997, Varez moved to Christie’s New York to work at the Old Masters department, also collaborating with the Latin American Art department and becoming, in 1999, head of this department.
In February 2000, Varez moved back to Spain after being appointed Managing Director of Christie’s, the position which he still holds today.
He has taught Art and Market classes for postgraduate students at the “Instituto de Empresa” and “Instituto IArt”, both in Madrid. In addition to this, he has lectured on the art market several times in institutions such as the “Circulo Ecuestre” of Barcelona.