About Gloria Velandia, Art Conservator


Gloria Velandia, Art Conservator - Chief Conservator for Art Basel Miami Beach

Art Gallery

GV Art Conservation is a private-practice conservation studio that provides conservation and restoration services for Modern and Contemporary artworks. With a team of conservators that hold diverse specializations, we offer in-depth expertise on paintings, sculptures and mixed media artworks.

Our studio works with the world’s leading galleries, auction houses, private/corporate collections, art advisors, art appraisers, fine art storage facilities, museums, insurance agencies and international contemporary art fairs such as Art Basel Miami Beach, Frieze NY, Frieze LA, The Armory Show, and Zona Maco. Our staff is able to travel locally and internationally to examine and treat artworks.

Our team incorporates the latest findings in conservation science and research as well as ethical principles in their practice. We contribute and participate in the ongoing discourse on Modern and Contemporary art conservation by publishing articles, giving talks and delivering lectures. By respecting the artist’s intention and each artwork’s unique nature we generate individually tailored, professional condition reports, treatment protocols and collection management concepts. When appropriate, we consult directly with the artist or their foundation to implement treatments consistent with their intent while also providing advice on materials or methods to extend longevity.

Gloria Velandia Ludmer, Chief Conservator

Gloria Velandia Ludmer is the founder and Chief Conservator of GV Art Conservation. Her private practice was established in 1989 in Miami, Florida where she became involved with important Latin American and Contemporary collections in the U.S.

Along with Sam Keller, Gloria created the Art Basel Conservation Department and continues since 2002 to serve as the Preferred Conservator of Art Basel Miami Beach.  She is also a guest lecturer at venues such as Sotheby’s, Christie’s, Philips De Pury, Appraisers Association of America, art fairs worldwide and an advisor for numerous renowned contemporary artists and collections.

Colombian born, and a former French resident with a conservation practice in Paris, Gloria is able to converse with clients in English, Spanish, and French.

Gloria earned her Master in Conservation and Science and Bachelor in Fine Arts from the School of San Fernando, Spain. She studied Chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania and holds a Master in Chemistry for Conservation from Tufts University. She continues her learning via courses and professional seminars to stay on top of the latest technologies and trends in conservation.  

Member: AIC- American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, Associate Member since 1993; IIC – International Institute for Conservation

Nina L. Engel, Conservator

Nina joined GV Art Conservation in 2016 after working as an Associate Conservator in NYC for four years. She holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in conservation from Bern University of Applied Sciences in Switzerland. She received her MA in the conservation of paintings and sculptures in 2011 with the master thesis “Evaluation of Inpainting Medium for Acrylic Emulsion Paint”. Nina worked as a conservator for a variety of private conservation studios in Switzerland and New York City as well as different institutions including the Kunstmuseum Basel, the Museum of Fine Arts Bern, the KKL Lucerne in Switzerland and the Glasgow Museums Resource Center in Scotland. She has taught conservation students on the subject of filling, inpainting and airbrushing as a co-teacher for the NYU Conservation Center in New York. Nina is specialized in the conservation of modern and contemporary paintings and has published a number of papers on that subject.

Jitka Kyrian, Conservator

Jitka studied conservation at the Chair For Restoration, Art-Technology and Conservation-Science at the Technical University of Munich, (Germany). After 5 years of studies, she graduated in 2005 with the title Diploma Conservator University.

With the specialization in paintings, sculptures and objects she worked in private conservation studios and institutions in Germany, the Czech Republic, Croatia and Canada, amongst others at the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum/Museum Ludwig (Cologne/Germany), the Bavarian Institute For The Preservation Of Historic Monuments (Munich/Germany), the Conservation Institute Ludbreg (Croatia), the Vancouver Museum (British Columbia) and the National Gallery of Prague (Czech Republic).

From 2008 to 2015 she worked in the Museum Five Continents Munich, which houses one of the biggest collections of ethnological art and objects worldwide. Her last 2.5 years at the Museum Five Continents, she worked in a granted research, conservation and restoration project on oversized so Thai temple paintings.

Robert Jack, Studio Manager

Robert has been in the arts since 1997 as both an artist and in organizational roles. He has worked for several galleries in Registrar and Studio Management roles, taking on a wide range of tasks from installations of exhibitions, to planning for art fairs. Robert holds a BSLA from City College of New York in Landscape Architecture with a minor in studio arts.

Walter Egan, Preparator / Conservation Technician

Walter received his BFA in Printmaking from the University of Tennessee Knoxville. After relocating to New York he worked for several years as a sign painter/muralist before moving to Phillips auction house, where he worked as registrar and property manager. He has been working as a Preparator and Technician for GVAC since October of 2015.