Flying Under the Radar: Biennial of the Arts    Rio de Janeiro x San Francisco


Board of Directors

David Linger: President, Executive Director

David Linger is a San Francisco artist, writer and educator. He is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and holds an M.F.A. from Mills College. He has taught at both institutions, and has shown his narrative works in porcelain in the Bay Area and across the country. Mr. Linger resided in Rio de Janeiro for seven years during the1970s. In 2013, Mr. Linger addressed the Literary Festival of the Peripheries, which featured young writers from within the poorest areas of Rio. Upon his return to the USA, Mr. Linger resolved to create a local response. Flying Under the Radar/Voando Sob o Radar, a festival featuring emerging artists from both countries, is that response. Contact:

John Zarobell: Vice-President, Associate Producer

John Zarobell is Assistant Professor of International Studies and Program Chair of European Studies at the University of San Francisco.  Formerly, he held the positions of assistant curator at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and associate curator at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  He published an analysis of French colonial imagery from the 19th century, Empire of Landscape, and is a regular contributor to the web-based journal Art Practical. Mr. Zarobell has also written for numerous exhibition catalogues. John is Vice-president of Friscarioca Productions. Contact:

Todd Thomas Brown: Project Director

Todd Thomas Brown is a multidisciplinary artist with 15 years of curatorial experience in music programming. He is founder of San Francisco’s Red Poppy Art House and the Mission Arts & Performance Project/MAPP, a multidisciplinary neighborhood arts festival that has produced over 70 festivals since its inception. Todd is a recipient of the de Young Museum’s Artist Fellowship. Todd is a teacher at the University of Art Academy in San Francisco and continues to work as an independent artist.

Modesto Covarrubias: Secretary, Member of the Board

Modesto Covarrubias is a multidisciplinary artist and native of the San Francisco Bay Area.  Covarrubias studied architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, received a BFA in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute, and earned his MFA in Studio Art from Mills College in Oakland, California. His work has been included in numerous exhibitions across the United States and in Europe.  Covarrubias is an instructor at California College of the Arts, and is the co-director of Studio 5,4 Salon – a salon dinner that features the works of selected artists and brings together guests from the arts community for a lively evening of discourse.  He currently lives in Berkeley, California. 

Mark Sistrand: Treasurer, Member of the Board

Mark Sistrand is an exhibiting San Francisco Bay Area artist and teacher specialized in ceramic art. Mark also worked for the past fifteen years at Access Communications, a public relations firm, where he became Production and Facilities Manager. His duties at Access included budget and supplies management. 

Rena Bransten: Member of the Board

Rena Bransten is the owner of Rena Bransten Projects, a fine arts gallery in San Francisco, and a leading philanthropist.

Advisory Board

Céu: Singer, Songwriter 

Enrique Chagoya: Artist, Printmaker, Professor of Art and Art History, Stanford University

Gilberto Gil Singer, Guitarist, Composer, former Minister of Culture of Brazil

Robert Hass Professor of Poetry and Poetics, University of California, Berkeley. former Poet Laureate of the United States

Julio Ludemir Co-originator of FLUPP 2012, 2013

Hugo G. von Meijenfeldt Consul General of the Netherlands in San Francisco

Luiz Camillo Osorio Chief Curator, MAM (Museum of Modern Art Rio), Professor of Aesthetics,
Department of Philosophy, PUC (Pontifical Catholic University), Rio de Janeiro

Eran Preis Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Programs, Department. of Film and Media Arts, Temple University

Ecio Salles CEO FLUPP 2012, 2013

Luiz Eduardo Soares Political Scientist, Author, Anthropologist, Philosopher, Professor, UFRJ (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro) 

Richard Shaw Artist, Professor, Department of Art Practice, University of California, Berkeley

Caetano Veloso Composer, Singer, Writer, Activist

Hertha D. Sweet Wong Author, Associate Professor of English, Chair, Department of Art Practice, University of California, Berkeley