"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 founded in 2002 by Ella Fontanals-Cisneros and her family to foster cultural exchange and 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 promoting Latin American contemporary art.


The foundation’s mission is to support and advance cultural understanding and educational dialogue among Latin American artists and global audiences. CIFO is a platform for emerging, mid-career and established Latin American artists through the Grants & Commissions Program, Traveling Exhibitions Program, The CIFO Collection, and other related art and cultural projects in the U.S. and internationally. Since 2002, CIFO has granted more than $2 Million to over 150 artists from Latin America and has exhibited their work.


CIFO is also the guardian of the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection, one of the most important international collections of modern & contemporary art in the world. Many pieces of the EFC Collection have been on long-term loan to 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.



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