Mariana and Robert Debes


Mariana and Robert Debes

Art psychologist, gallerist and collector of modern and contemporary Mexican art, Mariana Valdes Debes has worked since 1999 in the creation ande development of projects that promote the understanding and cultural value of Mexican art.

Mariana’s commercial and promotional acivity in the USA and Mexico is highlighted by the many curatorial and exhibition projects she has been involved with, such as the Williams Tower exhibition in Houston 1999-2000, the co-fouding of Recinto Project Room in Mexico City and the Navarro-Valdes Gallery in Valle de Bravo that operated between 2010 and 2012.

Interested in rescuing and fostering traditional artistic practices, her curatorial focus has been centered in recent years on presenting projects which reimagine the past through daring works of contemporary art.

Since 2014 her activities have expanded towards an individual’s sensory experience whose mission is to support an artistic and transformative consciousness in those taking part in it.

An attorney of 27 years, Robert is a partner with the employment law firm of Shellist Lazarz Slobin, LLP, with offices in Greenway Plaza.  His practice centers on representing executives in compensation matters, as well as employees in the context of wage and hour violations.  He is an active speaker at local and national bar association conferences on wage and hour issues.

A native Houstonian, Robert has witnessed first-hand as Houston has embraced artistic and cultural diversity.   Fascinated by the shear number of “silent collectors” in Houston, he is also encouraged by the City’s growing interest in public art installations.