Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento is an arts lawyer and scholar interested in the relationship between art & law, with a focus on tangible and intangible property, copyright and appropriation, complex contracts and negotiations, moral rights, freedom of expression, and artists’ legacies.
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, CalArts, 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.
In 2010, Sarmiento founded the Art & Law Program, a New York-based colloquium 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, and currently maintains a private art law practice. He lives in New York City and Austin, Texas.