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Faustino Quintanilla
Executive Director

Mr. Quintanilla, a native of León, Spain, received a B.A. in philosophy from the Monastery of Santa Maria, Burgos ( Spain ), an M.A. in theology from the Pontifical University , Rome ; a B.A. in art from Wagner College , and an M.F.A. from Pratt University . He is currently pursuing a doctorate in canon law and liturgical studies at Ignatius University.

Balancing work as an artist, curator, and educator, Mr. Quintanilla is a former master printer for Wagner Graphics Studio in New York; founder and co-editor of Artview , a Staten Island arts magazine; founding director of the Elizabeth Anne Seton Memorial Gallery in New Brunswick, New Jersey; and an adjunct assistant professor of art (printmaking) at the College of Staten Island. Currently, he is writing a monograph with catalog raisonné on Peruvian master Jaime Vazquez.

Mr. Quintanilla's works have been exhibited in solo shows at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Springham Gallery (Matawan, New Jersey), Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital; Pratt Institute; Kade Gallery, Wagner College; and in group exhibitions at ARCO Gallery, Huesca, Spain, the Metropolitan Museum, New York; and Hanson Galleries, New York. In 1989, he was selected to represent the United States in a show of contemporary art at Salon des Nations, Paris.

For his contribution to and support of Spanish culture, Mr. Quintanilla received the University Seal from the St. James of Compostela University Foundation, and the University Seal from La Coruña University . He is also listed in the Encyclopedia of Living Artists in America , American Artists: An Illustrated Survey of Leading Contemporaries; and Who's Who in the World. From 1992-1999, he served on the board of directors of the Council on the Arts and Humanities, Staten Island . In 1999, he served on the New York City 's Mayor's Commission on Middle Eastern Religions. In 2002, he served as a Non-Governmental Organization Representative to the United Nations (Malankara Syrian Orthodox Church). Mr. Quintanilla currently serves on the board of directors of the Randy Barceló Foundation ( Puerto Rico ) and Soho 20, and is a theological consultant to the International Orthodox Institute, Los Angeles.

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