Tanya Capriles Brillembourg was born in Caracas, Venezuela, to an important family in the field of media communication. She studied journalism and social volunteerism. Involved in philanthropic causes of health and welfare for children in Venezuela, Mrs. Capriles Brillembourg established the Friends of Children with Cancer Foundation in the 1980’s. In 2003 Mrs. Brillembourg founded and is the current chairman of the SaludArte Foundation, consolidating its activities in several countries like USA, Spain, Colombia, Peru, and Venezuela, with headquarters in Miami, Florida.
An avid art collector and one of the major Latin American art patrons, Ms. Capriles Brillembourg opened in Miami, Ideobox, a gallery exhibition space in the Wynwood Art district, where SaludArte Foundation is headquartered. Offering a broad and extensive developmental programing in Latin American contemporary art, Ideobox has become a referential local spot with works from both renowned and emerging artists. Tanya is also the owner of the Brillembourg Capriles Collection, composed by an excellent selection of important Latin and Central American artists, which is currently exhibited at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Latin American Department, including important pieces from luminaries like Diego Rivera, Fernando Botero, Wifredo Lam, Roberto Matta, Joaquín Torres-García, Emilio Pettoruti, Armando Reverón, Rufino Tamayo, Antonio Seguí, Armando Morales, among many others.
Educated to show profound conscience and social responsibility, Mrs. Capriles Brillembourg built the first shelter for mothers of children with cancer in Venezuela in 1985 and today with the SaludArte Foundation she is working to engage and increase audiences and participants, in the visual and performing art fields, as well as facilitating its access for everyone, promoting positive social transformation and equality for all.
Over the last two decades Ms. Capriles Brillembourg has supported a vast number of art related activities and cultural programs and festivals like "SYNERGY" a dance show based on the richness of interaction and cooperation of artists with diverse skills and languages. Other projects include "More Than Culture" with the Youth Orchestra and Chorus of the Community of Madrid, The Orchestral Social Projects, The Madrid Me Suena Festival in 2011, the Spain-Venezuela Festival In 2008 and 2009, the Tour In Honor Of José Antonio Abreu In 2008, the staging of Spanish Zarzuela Luisa Fernanda at the Arsht Center with the FGO, LiVE: Connecting the world through music and the PhilarMIA Orchestra, Viola and most recently “Viola Meets Mozart” featuring Julian Rachlin and Bill Viola and The Global South: Visions and Revisions, selections from the Brillembourg Capriles Collection.
Tanya Capriles Brillembourg, has served since 2010 as a Member of the board of trustees of the Museum Fine Arts in Houston, since 2012 as Member of the board of Trustees of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, and since 2015 Member of the International board of Trustees of the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid.