Josefina de la Maza (Santiago, 1980) is a Chilean independent researcher currently based in Mexico City. She studied art history at Universidad de Chile before receiving her PhD in art history and criticism from Stony Brook University (NY). Her academic interests revolve around the development of Chilean and Latin American art of the long nineteenth century, the definition of pictorial genres, and the creation of fine art academies and museums. Her most recent publication is De obras maestras y mamarrachos: notas para una historia del arte del siglo XIX chileno (2014). Using the notion of mamarracho (bad or passé art) the book –based on her dissertation work– analyzes the emergence of official and unofficial discourses organized around Chilean painting in the midst of the War of the Pacific (1879–83) and the constitution of the Museo de Bellas Artes in 1880. She is currently interested in studying the critical fortune of the Renaissance in 19th century Chile. In particular, her aim is to investigate how artists, historians, and writers were trying to reconcile colonial art with the art produced in a republican context while having in mind Spanish and Italian artists of the 16th and early 17th centuries. De la Maza’s research and academic work has been supported by the Coimbra Foundation (European Union); the SSRC (DPDF and IDRF programs), the Fulbright Foundation, and the Getty Foundation-CAA (EE.UU.); FONDART and CONICYT (Chile). She worked as an associate professor at Universidad Alberto Hurtado (Santiago) from 2012 to mid-2015, before moving to Mexico City.