Renée Vara is the Founder and CEO of VARA ART with over 25 years of art market and advisory experience specializing in 20th century, contemporary and emerging art and design.
She is also an award winning Certified USPAP Appraiser tested in 4 areas of fine art specialization. She currently serves on the Advisory Council and was a two term Board Member for the Appraiser’s Association of America. She regularly lectures and has published based on her expertise for more than 50 organizations and institutions. She has curated more than 40 international emerging art shows at fairs and venues, including Art Basel Miami and Istanbul Biennale. Renée has served as an art legal expert for significant cases, including the landmark VARA litigation, 5Pointz v. G&M Realty L.P.
She is an award winning faculty at NYU for Art Market Studies, Art Business, Collection Management, and Art History for over a decade, and served as an Appointed Lecturer at the Guggenheim (NY) and Sotheby's Institute. She has been cited in more than 40 major media outlets including The Art Newspaper, Forbes, ARTnews, The New York Times, The Guardian and The Wall Street Journal. Renée's decade of experience as the National Fine Arts Specialist at Chubb Insurance brings a balanced approach to her clientele of collectors, corporations, institutions, and artists. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in art history.
Dana Rodriguez is the Art Adviser Research Assistant at VARA ART. She holds an undergraduate degree in Art History and is currently completing her Masters at Columbia University in Modern Art: Critical and Curatorial Studies. Previously, she graduated with undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Art History and a minor in Hispanic Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research and travel studies have included Spain, Italy, as well as living abroad in Paris, France for a year.
Her research interests include the intersection of gender and race including her thesis on artist, Nina Chanel Abney, under the advisory of the esteemed Dr. Kellie Jones. She is currently exploring sports culture as a micro system and metaphor for the present African American condition. She has held positions at various museums in Raleigh, North Carolina and St. Louis, Missouri and worked in research positions at Columbia University. She has garnered art market experience from her work at prior art advisory and art consulting firms in New York City.