Barbara Perucka has been living for more than five years in Madrid. She earned her Ph.D. in Art History, as well as her Bachelor’s degree in Italian Philology, at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań (Poland). Her research interests focus on medieval painting, art at European courts, and travel literature. Her doctoral thesis was dedicated to the decoration of a French manuscript "Livre des merveilles" (Book of Wonders, Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, ms. fr. 2810). She has published papers about late medieval tapestries and medieval illustrated accounts of a journey, and was a professor of art history at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań and Nebrija University in Madrid. She also received several research grants in Paris, Dijon, Vienna, Pisa and Brussels.
Maxon is an artist and educator born in Northern California. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature, and then a BFA in Painting and Drawing, at California State University Chico. In 2008 he was offered a full-time merit fellowship in the Painting and Drawing program at the Art Institute of Chicago, one of the most prestigious art programs in the United States. Upon completing his Masters of Fine Arts degree he moved to Madrid, where he has worked as visiting artist at the Thyssen Bornemisza museum. Maxon is a working artist and has exhibited in many institutions internationally and in Madrid, this gives him a unique insight into the museums, galleries, and art spaces of this culturally rich city.
Michael is a practicing artist and Ph.D. candidate with his research focusing on humor in contemporary art at the University of Coimbra in Portugal. He received his B.F.A. in sculpture from the University of Illinois at Chicago and M.F.A. in painting at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he was the recipient of the SAIC Graduate Fellowship. He has worked as an instructor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an advisor at the School of Visual Arts in New York. He has exhibited his work across the US as well as Cologne, Thessaloniki, Coimbra, and Madrid. He recently moved from New York to Madrid to conduct his research and explore all of the amazing history and art the city has to offer.