Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento is an arts lawyer and scholar interested in the relationship between art & law, with a focus on tangible and intangible property, appropriation, contractual agreements, authorship, freedom of expression, and outlaw 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 has lectured and taught on art law matters in a wide range of institutions, including Harvard University, Cornell Law School, Yale Law School, Yale School of Architecture, Columbia Law School, NYU School of Law, Universidad de los Andes, (Bogotá, Colombia), Universidad Torcuato di Tella (Buenos Aires, Argentina), Fundación Cisneros, Cour de Cassation, Grand’Chambre (Paris, France), University of California-Irvine School of Art, and Brown University School of Art. 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, Law Text Culture, Unbound: Harvard Journal of the Legal Left, The New York Times, and Art Asia Pacific. His art projects have been exhibited nationally and internationally.
From 2006 to 2012, Sarmiento was Director of Education and Associate Director for Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts in New York City. In 2010, Sarmiento founded the Art & Law Program, a New York-based seminar/colloquium with a philosophical focus on the effects of law on cultural production and reception. He currently maintains a private art law practice and teaches art at the School of Visual Arts and art law at Fordham Law School. He lives in New York City and Austin, Texas.