Founder and CEO
An art historian, curator and art collector, Joan Robledo-Palop graduated Summa Cum Laude in the History of Art from Universitat de València, Spain, where he received a National Award for Excellence in Academic Performance. He received a Master’s Degree in Contemporary Art and Visual Culture from the Autonomous University of Madrid in a joint program with Universidad Complutense and Museo Reina Sofia. He also holds an MA in European Studies from Yale University, where he wrote his dissertation on the art of Francisco de Goya.
In addition to his graduate studies, Robledo-Palop has been a Research Fellow at the Institute of History in the Spanish National Research Council – CSIC, and a Visiting Scholar at New York University. As a well-known scholar of modern and contemporary art, he has published, taught and given public lectures at Yale, The School of Visual Arts in New York, University College Cork, Ireland, The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, Centre Pompidou Málaga and The Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid.
Joan Robledo-Palop’s early career was defined by a pioneering research-based approach to the production of exhibitions of modern and contemporary art. He has held curatorial positions at The Fundacion Chirivella Soriano, Valencia, where he curated two ground-breaking exhibitions on Spanish art: Blanco/Negro: Sujeto, Espacio, Percepcion (2009) and Pintura, Expresionismo y Kitsch. La Generacion del Entusiasmo (2010). He has also worked for curatorial departments at the Yale University Art Gallery and the Yale Center for British Art, where he expanded his previous museum experience into the field of Photography and Museum Education.
At Zeit Contemporary Art, Joan Robledo-Palop merges his experience as a scholar, curator and art market specialist to build world-class collections of modern and contemporary art inspired by innovation and connoisseurship.
With an MA degree from New York University and several decades of professional experience, Luz oversees the management of Zeit Contemporary Art. She brings to the company her experience and leadership both in the worlds of business and art.
Maria Nicole Tonelli
Maria Nicole Tonelli is an art historian who recently received her Masters in the History of Art and Visual Culture from the University of Oxford (UK). She is a native of the Los Angeles area and has previously lived in Europe working at the Ashmolean Museum (Oxford, UK) and Medici Archives (Florence, Italy). Prior to her graduate degree, Maria Nicole spent several years working in corporate America adding extensive business management to her art historical education.
Podcast Host and Producer
An art historian based in New York City, Samuel Shapiro has worked at numerous art museums including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, and Harvard Art Museums. A graduate of Harvard, where he obtained a degree in History of Art and Architecture and Social Anthropology, Shapiro is soon to begin his doctorate in the history of art.