Mariela Saad (she/her) is the Production and Development Director of Open Scene.
A Lebanese-Venezuelan, she was born in Caracas and, in 2015, moved to the United States.
She is a lawyer by profession specializing in Private International Law. She has a master's
degree in French Literature.
Saad speaks five languages and is a person with a deep humanistic character.
Since she was young, she has always been surrounded by a world rich in art and culture,
dedicating much of her time to studying art and its different movements as well as looking for
other ways to deepen her knowledge and to actively get involved in activities and initiatives in
favor of the art and culture.
In 2014, on one of her family trips to France, she visited the commune of Mougins in the Alps-
Maritimes region, where Picasso lived. The small-town atmosphere captivated her, but she was
especially in love with the small and exclusive galleries, ready to receive the curious eye of their
After the visit to Mougins, a week in Paris awaited her with an exciting plan: fashion week and a
visit to the atelier of the great Master Carlos Cruz-Diez. It was a beautiful and enriching
experience that catalyzed her to turn that dream of founding her gallery into a reality… and it
Back in Venezuela, she began to structure State of The Art, a company dedicated to selling and
promoting art. State of The Art was officially born in 2015. Since then, she has been committed
to serving artists, institutions, and individuals by offering advisory, promotion, and development
services in the artistic and cultural field.
She also hosts and produces the weekly podcasts "En Tarima" and "Te Lo Cuento" for IHeart
Saad is a board member of the Downtown Arts District, the Art & History Museums of
Maitland, the Acquisition Trust of the Orlando Museum of Art, the Venezuelan Endowment
for the Arts, and Orange County's Public Art Council