Marbella Design offers a unique opportunity to enter one of the most alluring international markets in Europe. As one of the most exclusive beach resorts on the Costa del Sol, Marbella has a large international community composing business men, wealthy Europeans, Middle Easterns and Russians to name a few. Marbella is one of the favourite destinations of the wealthy and this has resulted in the growing of the luxury housing market.
Even though this is Marbella Design’s first edition, the organising team has an extensive and international track record of organising art fairs all over the world (Miami, London, New York).
TEAM MARBELLA DESIGN
CHAIRMAN & CEO: Alejandro Zaia | ARTISTIC DIRECTOR: Manuel Díaz-Cebrian | PARTNER: Sebastián Valdez | ARCHITECT: Othon Castañeda |
PRODUCTION MANAGER: Fortunata Calabro | VIP & COLLECTORS: Pía Rubio de la Rocha | COMMERCIAL MANAGER: José Forriols | CONSULTANTS: Eva Ruiz & Amaya Ortuondo | MEDIA AND PRESS RELATIONSHIPS: Mónica Iglesias | SPONSORS & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER: Anita Lüscher | WEB DESIGNER: Cristina Férnandez | LOGISTICS: Kimiko Tsukame
CHAIRMAN & CEO
Alejandro Zaia, is an entrepreneur and the founder of important art fairs such as PINTA London and PINTA New York, specialized in Latin American, Spanish and Portuguese art, as well as ART MARBELLA and CROSSROADS. Zaia is the director of the MUNDUS NOVUS collection, dedicated to Ibero American contemporary art. He was a member of the international board of MOLAA, Museum of Latin American Art de Los Angeles, and the ART Museum for Private Collectors of the Americas. His work and commitment to culture has been recognized by Observatorio D’Achtall in Spain with its 2015 prize for the promotion of culture.
Manuel Diaz Cebrian, was born in Mexico City and has lived in Rome and New York before settling in London. For 13 years he was the Regional Director of The Mexico Tourism Board for Europe and emerging markets. While in this position he had been a driving force in bringing some of the most impressive exhibitions from Mexico to the UK, such as The Aztecs at the Royal Academy of Arts, Frida Kahlo at the Tate Modern, Tina Modotti at the Barbican and Revolution on Paper at The British Museum.
One passion of Manuel’s is his love of design. In 2012 he created and curated Pinta Design, which showcased contemporary Mexican and Latin American designs at the Pinta Art Fair. He continued to curate Pinta Design until 2014. In 2016 he curated the design section at Crossroads Art Fair.
Upon leaving the Mexico Tourism Board in 2013, Diaz Cebrian opened his own consultancy firm, 110 perCEB Ltd which focuses mainly on design, tourism and culture. He is also one of the leading figures in the development of Mexican arts and culture in the UK.
In 2015 he was the official consultant for the extremely successful “The Year of Mexico in the UK”, focusing primarily on culture and gastronomy.
Sebastián Valdez , is an entrepreneur with more than 25 years of experience in banking, private equity and finance in companies in Latin America, USA and Europe. He is a founding partner and CFO of Mundus Novus, the Ibero American contemporary art collection, and a partner at ART MARBELLA and CROSSROADS.