Veronica Pesantes has over 25 years experience in the fields of art and design. From her beginnings as a researcher at the Prado Museum (Madrid), she ventured on to manage the international art and education programs at the Guggenheim Museum (New York), where she also trained docents and led public tours. She earned an MA in Art History from the University of Chicago, and she has published and lectured about art in the US, Latin America and Europe. She is also the recipient of numerous honors and grants, including a Fulbright to study Quechua in the Andes.
In 2004 she moved to Miami where she has continued her work in both fields both as a consultant to Miami-based arts organizations including CIFO and Locust projects as well as a liaison between international galleries and Art Basel. In addition she founded Spruce, an interior design firm specializing in stylish upgrades to private and commercial properties. During these years she has worked with numerous private clients in acquiring and hanging art for their collections.
In 2015 she started The Onikas, a lifestyle brand inspired by the romance of travel, the magic of artisan-made goods and the mindful pursuit of dreams.
Their products are hand-crafted by artisans who work with traditional methods that have been passed down through multiple generations. Collaborations span the globe, from expert block printers who hand-stamp exclusive art work onto fine cotton voile in India; to an indigenous women’s textile cooperative that naturally hand-dyes Andean yarns to weave on antique looms in Ecuador. Dedicated to preserving the artistic process, the Onikas support ethical, sustainable production and noble materials.
Product categories include scarves, apparel, hand loomed ponchos to loungewear and jewelry. The line is available at specialty boutiques like RTH in Los Angeles, Solid Gold in Austin and Coral Sands in Harbour Island, as well as theonikas.com.