Paralelo 10 was founded in 2005 by its current partners and works with an expert team in each area of its activities.

María Elvira Escallón, From the serie Nuevas floras do sul (Diptic. San Isidro), 2011

María Victoria Mahecha
Director and Founding Partner of Paralelo 10

Specialist in the history and theory of art from the University of the Andes, her thesis concentrated on Clemencia Lucena and is the first known piece of research on this artist.

She has worked at the Museum of Bogotá, where she was responsible for, among others things, the collection, the acquisition of the photographic archive of Manuel H. Rodríguez and the opening of the exhibition halls of the Archive of Bogotá.

At the Luis Ángel Arango Library, María Victoria worked in the temporary exhibitions section in the registration area. She also worked as a fellow at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice and at the Buonarroti House Museum in Florence in the education section, developing educational content about the collection.

She studied business administration at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana and museum management, galleries and museology at the International University of Art in Florence.

Gloria Cristina Samper
Director and Founding Partner of Paralelo 10

Law graduate of the University of the Andes, she holds a Masters’ in the History and Theory of Contemporary Art from Goldsmiths, University of London.
Gloria Cristina worked as assistant curator and researcher inplastic arts at the Banco de la República, where she was in charge of coordinating temporary exhibitions and the development of special projects using the collection.

She was in charge of the creation and initial management of the Foundation of Friends of the Art Collections of the Banco de la República, the first fundraising exercise for the museum. Gloria Cristina devised programs to generate new audiences and began the first didactic rooms of the museum.

She was professor of art history and project management at the University of the Andes and is interested in research on Colombian art.

Paola Bermúdez P.
Project Assistant

Art and Art History graduate with a minor in Cultural Heritage from Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. She has an emphasis in fine arts with various knowledges in photography and design.

She made an internship at the Bank of digital archive of art in Colombia, in which she worked first handed with the archive of the Colombian artist Eduardo Ramírez Villamizar and forecasted investigations about Colombian art. She has developed interest in the investigation of contemporary art and in the conservation and restoration of Cultural Heritage.

She became part of Paralelo 10 in 2019 as project assistant, supporting the different activities that the firm carry out.

María Alejandra Marroquín
Administrative manager

Business administration graduate with emphasis in finances from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. She has knowledges about corporate social responsibility.

She worked as an intern in the accomplishment of the inventory of the Museum of Modern Art of Bogotá and subsequently worked as an intern at the business development area for Latin America at an ambiental company at Prague, Czech Republic.

Her graduate thesis made part of the national award of marketing Effie College 2018.

She became part of Paralelo 10 in 2019, getting in charge of the administrative area.