Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento is an arts lawyer with a primary focus on copyright, rights of publicity, complex contracts and negotiations, moral rights, freedom of expression, and artists’ legacies. His legal experience includes advising visual artists, artists’ estates, art galleries and public charities on matters involving appropriation, licensing and protection of intellectual property (copyright, right of publicity), artist-gallery disputes, negotiating and drafting complex contractual agreements, public art commissions, authentication disputes, moral rights claims, free speech controversies, and business structuring.

Sarmiento has lectured on and taught art law as well as studio art and seminars on contemporary art in a wide range of institutions, including Harvard University, Cornell Law School, Yale Law School, Yale School of Architecture, Columbia University, NYU School of Law, Universidad de los Andes, (Bogotá, Colombia), Universidad Torcuato di Tella (Buenos Aires, Argentina), Fundación Cisneros, and the Cour de Cassation, Grand’Chambre (Paris, France). He has also published art and law essays in the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy, Texas A&M Law Review, Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities, Perspecta: The Yale Journal of Architecture, Unbound: Harvard Journal of the Legal Left, Law Text Culture, and The New York Times.

In 2010, Sarmiento founded the Art & Law Program, a New York-based intensive seminar that focuses on the study of law as a linguistic system, institutional force, and power structure, with a particular focus on how the discourses and practices of law and visual culture impact each other, self-governance, history, and culture.

He received his BA in Art from the University of Texas-El Paso, an MFA in Art from the California Institute of the Arts, and a J.D. from Cornell Law School. He currently maintains a private art law practice in New York and Texas. 

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