The Museum of Art and Origins – MOAO – is inspired by the original concept of the Brazilian art critic Mario Pedrosa who in 1978 affirmed that to be primitive or contemporary is equal. The collection includes Classical African art, Modern and Contemporary art, works on paper from East Asia and First Nation arts of The Americas. The collection also includes photography and 18th-19th century European Prints. In February 2006, The Museum of Art and Origins in New York City became a reinvention of the concept originated at the Museo National de Belas Artes – Rio de Jenero, Brazil in 1990 under direction of Heloisa Aleixo Lustosa, with the technical assistance of Professor Dinah Papi de Guimaraens.


George Nelson Preston
Founding Director & Chief Curator

Aay Preston-Myint
Co-founding Director

Fernanda Figueiredo, Frank Stewart
Associate Curators

David Baberski

Sarah Escarraz

Donna Thompson Ray