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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.
Dalia Padilla joined Christie's Iberica team in 2004, after six years working in the art world in London and Paris. In Madrid she coordinated the Spanish Sale in 2006 and 2007, helping to achieve historic results in both auctions. Dalia became the Business Manager of the Madrid sale in 2007 and now serves as Director of Spain.
María García Yelo is Director of the Post-War and Contemporary Art Department in Madrid. She joined Christie’s in March 2008 and was previously the General Deputy Director of Conservation, Investigation and Diffusion at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Madrid, Spain), from 2005 until 2008, where she was responsible for Collections, Exhibitions, Education, Publications, Library and Archives. She has curated various exhibitions on Contemporary Art in both public and private institutions, and is also the author of numerous articles and essays, published in specialised media and research institutions. She has also been an art critic for the cultural supplement of the Spanish newspaper ABC. With a degree in History of Art from the Complutense University of Madrid (U.C.M), María completed her postgraduate program specializing in Contemporary Art and obtained a degree in Advanced Studies (D.E.A) in 2003.
Yolanda Muñoz joined Christies in April 2006 as assistant of the Art Department, collaborating with the experts at the Madrid office. After an intense year working in the Art Department she has progressed to coordinator of of Valuations and is starting as a Junior Specialist in the field of decorative arts and furniture. Yolanda completed her studies in History of Art at the University of Sevilla. She further specialized in Cultural Management and the Market and Taxation of Art, specializing in Contemporary Art at The Instituto Universitario Ortega y Gasset and The Instituto Superior de Arte de Madrid.