Josefa Gonzalez Mariscal Fine Art Appraiser & Consultant
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Maria Josefa González Mariscal
(Formerly Maria Josefa Velazquez)
Professional Profile

Maria Josefa González-Mariscal is a fine arts appraiser and consultant specializing in Fine Art. She grew up and studied in Mexico City and now resides in Houston, Texas. She is a former Cultural Attaché for the Mexican government. Maria Josefa has lectured and published both in the USA and abroad. She has worked identifying artworks in legal cases, for US Customs and the FBI. Maria Josefa does consulting on foreign patrimony laws and provenance issues. She has helped in the repatriation of illegally imported artistic and cultural artifacts to their country of origin. Maria Josefa is an alumna of the NYU appraisal studies program. She is an accredited member of the International Society of Appraisers and a certified member of the Appraisers Association of America. She is in Board of Directors of the Appraisers Association of America.

Fine and Decorative Arts Appraisal Program                        New York University     

 Appraisal Studies Core Courses                                                    ISA in conjunction with the
 International Society of Appraisers                                           University of Maryland,

Uniform Standards of Professional                                             Appraisers Association of
 Appraisal Practice                                                                                America - NYU
 Art History Degree                                                                              Universidad Iberoamericana
                                                                                                                         Mexico City

Fine Arts: 16th to 21st century
  • European
  • American
  • Latin American art

Professional Experience
Velazquez Fine Art Consultants                                                    Houston, Texas

Morton Auctioneers & Appraisers                                               Houston, Texas

 Art Appraisals Services International                                      Houston, Texas

Cultural Attaché for the Consulate                                                                          
Generalof  Mexico                                                                                 Houston, Texas

Historic Archives and Museum. Colegio de                                                       
las Vizcainas Catalogued the 200 Spanish                                                        
colonial art collection                                                                         Mexico City     

University Center for the Liberal Arts                                                                
Claustro de Sor Juana                                                                          Mexico City     
Taught several art history courses                                                                       

Universidad Iberoamericana                                                          Mexico City     
Taught several Spanish colonial art course                                                    

International Museum of Contemporary Art                        Mexico City         
Rufino Tamayo                                                                                                                
Registrar Department                                                                                                  

Museum of National History                                                          Mexico City
Research assistant for the Curator General                                                   

Historic Archives of the                                                                                           
National School for the Visual Arts                                             Mexico City
Archives cataloguer                                                                                                  

National School for the Visual Arts                                                                       
Substitute teacher for the class Research                                Mexico City
Methodology in the Arts                                                                                             

  • Appraising Art: The Definitive Guide the Definite Guide to Appraising Fine and Decorative Arts. Appraisers Association of America, 2013.
  • Grail …A Search (Selections from the Camilla Blaffer Royall collection) 2006
  • Los Vascos en Mexico y su Colegio de las Viscainas (Catalogue of the collection included) First Edition 1987. Second Edition  2006.

Professional Affiliations
International Society of Appraisers - Accredited Member
Gulf Coast Chapter of the International Society of Appraisers – Past President
Appraisers Association of America - Certified Member
Appraisers Association of America – Past Southwest Region Representative
Appraisers Association of America - Member of the Board of Directors
Appraisers Association of America – 2014 Director’s Award Recipient

Sample of Professional Courses or Seminars Attended
Appraising for Moving and Storage Damage
Claims                                                                                 American Society of Appraisers
Expert Witness Course for Appraisers             International Society of Appraisers
Assets. Annual Conference                                     International Society of Appraisers
Annual Art Law Symposium                                  NY University
Annual National Conference                                 Appraisers Association of America

Selected List of Donee Museums, Institutional and Commercial Clients 

Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Texas
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Immigration & Customs Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security
Douglas W. Morse Antiques & Fine Art, Pasadena, California
Bucksbaum Center for Arts Faulconer Gallery, Grinnell College, Iowa
Houston Museum of Natural Science
Warwick Hotel (ZaZa Hotel), Houston, Texas
Sicardi Gallery, Houston, Texas
Morton Auctioneers & Appraisers, Houston, Texas
Robert Wittman Inc., Security, Recovery of Art Investments, Chester Heights, PA