August Uribe joined Sotheby's in July 1991 as an assistant vice president of the Latin American Art department in New York. Before joining the firm, he worked for four years with Mary-Anne Martin/Fine Art, a gallery specializing in Latin American Art. As director, he was responsible for all aspects of the daily operations of the gallery including expanding the gallery's Latin American client base.
In November 1991, Mr. Uribe was responsible for the sale of Jos Mar a Velasco's Valle de Mexico which sold for $2,420,000, the first Latin American painting to break the $2 million barrier. This record was broken in May 1995 when Frida Kahlo's Autorretrato con chango y loro fetched $3,192,500, an all time record for any work of art by a Latin American Artist.
Mr. Uribe helped organize several major Latin American art exhibitions in museums in New York, Madrid, Tokyo and Barcelona. In 1993, Mr. Uribe was appointed to the Advisory Board of the Mexican Cultural Institute of the Consul General of Mexico in New York. An active promoter of Latin American culture, Mr. Uribe frequently gives lectures and serves as a panelist for round table discussions. Some of the venues for his lectures include the San Antonio Museum of Art in Texas; San Diego Museum of Art; Archer M. Huntington Gallery, University of Texas at Austin; Lowe Art Museum, Miami; Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Monterey as well as the Museo de Arte Colonial, Caracas.
Mr. Uribe is an active auctioneer at Sotheby's presiding over sales in both the Decorative Arts and Paintings division. A graduate of Princeton University with a bachelor's degree in politics and Latin American studies, Mr. Uribe is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.