Cover Image: Mira Schendel, Objeto grafico (detail), 1967. Courtesy of Ada Schendel. Photo by Oriol Tarridas.



  "Art will not be beauty and novelty,
but efficiency and agitation."

- Excerpt from “The Art of Meanings” - León Ferrari, 1968


The Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO) is a non-profit organization committed to the enrichment of the arts. Over the years, CIFO has earned the respect of the international art world; and is recognized for its rich history in the fostering of contemporary art.

As an art foundation, we’re dedicated to the support of emerging and mid career contemporary artists from Latin America. Since 2002, CIFO has granted more than $1.5 Million to over 120 artists from Latin America and has exhibited their work in our signature art space in downtown Miami — The CIFO Art Space.

CIFO is also the guardian of the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection, one of the most important international collections of contemporary art in the world. Select pieces of this personal art collection are exhibited every year during Art Basel Miami at the CIFO Art Space as well as other well-known art spaces and museums as traveling exhibitions. Many pieces of this collection are on long-term loan at such prestigious museums such as the Tate Modern in London, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston and others.

At CIFO, we believe in forging relationships within the art community. We strive to inspire Latin American artists, nurture their creativity and help them transcend as artists.



  Meet the CIFO Board of Directors

CIFO Founder & Honorary President
Board of Directors

Ella Fontanals-Cisneros




CIFO President


Manuel de Santaren


Claudia Cisneros
Mariela Cisneros-Mestre
Mayi de la Vega
Adriana Gomez Roca
Manuel González
Marianne Hernández
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer
Cuauhtémoc Medina
Lisa Phillips
José Roca
Gloria Sesana



The Advisory Committee


The Advisory Committee is a broad composition of internationally-recognized leading art professionals, curators, and artists from Latin America, the United States, and Europe-working in specific areas of emphasis and specialization.  This honorary committee selects the most challenging and innovative artists working in Latin America and nominates them for the Grants & Commissions Programs. After a rigorous review process, the annual recipients of CIFO grants and commissions are chosen by the Selection Committee and ratified by the CIFO Board of Directors. Click here for the complete Advisory Committee List.



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