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Board of Founders

Pilar Pérez


Pilar Pérez-Director

Pilar Perez is a curator, editor, and cultural events producer based in Los Angeles and Puerto Vallarta. She holds an undergraduate degree in Latin American Literature from UC Irvine and a Master’sDegree in Museum Studies. She was the former director of exhibitions at Track 16 Gallery in Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, as well as the managing editor of Smart Art Press. In 2002, Perez co-founded Perceval Press with Viggo Mortensen. She has been involved with numerous cultural projects on both sides of the border, including Mexico Through Foreign Eyes/Mexico visto por ojos extranjeros (Tamayo Museum, Mexico City; traveling show); Distant Relations: Chicano, Irish, Mexican Art and Critical Writing (Los Angeles; Mexico City; Dublin); Double Trouble: The Patchett Collection (MUSA/Instituto Cultural Cabañas, traveling show); Sexta Feria del Libro de la Ciudad de Mexico; Puerto Vallarta: Arte Contemporáneo. She has worked with the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles with the Feria Internacional del Libro de Guadalajara (FIL); ARCO Madrid; and a contemporary art project in Dublin, Ireland. She currently serves on the Museo Centro de Arte Puerto Vallarta committee.

Fernando Sánchez-Founder

Fernando Sanchez is an artist who studied at the Rufino Tamayo Workshop; the Printmaking Workshop of Oaxaca; the National School of Plastic Arts campus UNAM Taxco ; and earned a BFA in Visual Arts from theUniversity of Guadalajara. Sanchez has twice (2003 and 2010) been awarded The National Young Creators Grant from FONCA, as well as a State Council for Culture and the Arts Fellowship in 2007. He has also won ascholarship for production from the Pilar and Joan Miró Foundation, Mallorca, Spain. Individually and collectively, Sanchez has participated in 20 exhibitions outside of Mexico. He is the founder of the Graphic Arts workshop La Raya and member of the collective La Malagua . Sanchez recently participated in the Biennial of the Americas in Denver, CO. He is currently living in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, where he works on his most recent project Taller Pulpo Rojo.

Óscar Morán -Founder

Oscar Moran received hisdegree in architecture from the Instituto de estudios superiores de occidente (ITESO), Guadalajara, and received his degree in Urban Planning from the University of the Southern of California. He is director of the architecture firm RH+OM, based in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco and Los Angeles, California. Moran is also co-founder of the Colectivo Guerrero that organizes forums and exhibitions regarding architectural criticism and the discourse of the city. Currently Moran has several building projects in Mexico, and Urban Planning clients in the United States, Korea, Mexico, Egypt and the Middle East.

María José Zorrilla- Founder

María José Zorrilla is a tourist and cultural promoter. Graduate of ITESM Monterrey in Communication Sciences with a Mastersdegree in Sustainable Development and Tourism from the University of Guadalajara. She has been head of the Department of Culture of Puerto Vallarta, 1998-2003, and President of the Association ofHotels and Tourism, 2004-2005, and Chairman of the Board of the Library Los Mangos, 2005-2010. She co-founded the Vallarta Film Festival, participating in various partnerships and projects of social, cultural and touristic development of the city and is the author of the “Tercera Llamada” column published weekly in Vallarta Opina. She has been a member of the OPC since its inception where she worked in the areas of communication, promotion and public relations.

Davis Birks - Founder

Davis Birks is a visual artist living in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. He graduated from Arizona State University with honors, summa cum laude, receiving a BFA in Studio Art in 1986. His work encompasses projects in sculpture, installation, painting, photography and video and is defined by multiple investigations examining a wide range of interests. He has presented exhibitions with galleries, museums and cultural institutions in Mexico, Europe, the United States, and Asia. His work can be found in the collections of The Museum of Latin American Art (MoLaa), Long Beach, California; The Museum of Fine Arts, (MFAH), Houston, Texas; The Santa Barbara Museum (SBMA), California; Museo de Las Artes, Guadalajara; and Instituto Cultural Cabañas, Guadalajara; among others. Davis Birks has dedicated time to the development of contemporary art in Puerto Vallarta since 1987.

Sayuri Sánchez- Subdirection

Sayuri Sanchez has been the Assistant Director of OPC since 2022. From 2019 to 2022, she was responsible for the Education Department at
the Museum of Arts at the University of Guadalajara. She also served as Coordinator of Educational Content for the exhibition “At Home with
Monsters” by Guillermo del Toro (2019) at the same venue. Sanchez was also awarded the Hugo Gutiérrez Vega State Literature Award for her
2021 poetry book Bas Jan Ader. Portrair of A White Worm,” published by Editorial Sindicato Sentimental. Her poetry has been published in literary
magazines such as Gatopardo, Luvina, and Letras Libres. She was also the recipient in 2021 of the PECDA Jalisco grant.
Sanchez was also the coordinator and founder of the poetry and arts festival “Des/encuentro poético” in 2022, that was part of the activities of

GDL World Capital of Books, with the support of the Secretariat of Culture Jalisco.

Melissa Delgado Gloria- Executive Assistant

Melissa Delgado Gloria has been the Executive Assistant of OPC since 2023. Also, she was a former intern at OPC in 2017. Graduate of the Bachelor's Degree in Visual Arts from the University Center of the Coast of the University of Guadalajara. She served as project assistant at the AR Gallery with the artist Arturo Mendoza "Elfeo" in Todos Santos. Her work has been exhibited at the AR
Gallery in Baja California Sur.

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