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Passion meets professionalism

“Collecting art is different to just buying art – acquiring art cultivates the way we see, explore and live.”

We recognize, each project is unique therefore we provide comprehensive project management for our clients. Over the years, we have built professional relationships with artists, galleries,art consultants and art dealers across the world. Through our international network, we are able to offer various mediums, based on understanding and appreciation of each artist’s individual practice.

From budgeting and concept planning to procurement and installation, VELVENOIR and its network of art consultants is a comprehensive art consultancy firm focusing on enchanting exceptional residential, commercial and hospitality interior designs with well-conceived and fully realized art collections. Independent art consultancy firms around the world, working together on various international projects to ensure the work is met beyond client´s expectations. Each partner brings in an exceptional expertise, know-how and passion for art.

(c) Merten Riesner_Alexandra Schafer

Alexandra brings her passion for art, travelling, interior design, hospitality and extensive background to every aspect of her work.
She grew up in Salzburg, Austria. Within the last 6 years, she studied and worked within the event & hospitality industry in London and Sydney. Alexandra´s exposure to richly diverse cultures informs her entire approach and unique ability to translate each client´s desire into a tailored art collection proposed by her and her team. She gained invaluable experiences and insights throughout her years living in London and Sydney and brings those unique elements and inspirations within her work today.

Alexandra Schafer
Managing Director / Art Consultant
Eva Leopoldi _ Velvenoir PR

“My passion for art – drives me to develop mesmerizing concepts with the team to exceed our client’s expectations.”

Eva Leopoldi
PR Manager
Merten Riesner

Our in-house photographer Merten Riesner, loves his job. Each project, he adds his knowledge, passion and attention to detail in each image. He lives for what Velvenoir stands for and loves the various concepts designed by the team and capture them with his unique perspective – to make each art and interior stand out of his image.

 

Merten Riesner
Interior/Architecture In-house Photographer
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Claire Alliot Soto

Claire Alliot Soto has collaborated with different recognized contemporary art centres, galleries and cultural magazines since 2010. She gained her consultancy experience at Laurence Dreyfus Art Consulting in Paris, managing a number of high profile private collections and dealing with blue chip galleries and established artists. Now based between France and Mallorca, she established her own art consultancy: Paris Palma art advisory. With a focus in contemporary and emerging art, Claire sources unique artworks for her private and corporate clients. In Mallorca, she collaborates with Swedish real estate and interior company Palma Markets, and introduces exclusive artworks to the brand’s unique interior projects.
Claire Alliot Soto
Art consultant & Advisor
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Ariane Belisle

Ariane is a Canadian London-based art advisor specializing in post-war and contemporary art. She established AIB Art Advisory after her many years of first-hand experience in the primary and secondary art markets. Ariane has worked closely with several major private art collectors, corporate collections and foundations, advising on their acquisition and consignment strategies. Since receiving her MA from the Courtauld, Ariane has curated projects for Haus der Kunst, Hillary Clinton Action Fund, Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, Ingram Art Foundation, The Marrakech Museum of Photography and Visual Arts, Sotheby’s, Tate, V&A and The Courtauld Gallery.

Ariane Belisle
Art Consultant & Advisor London & Toronto
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Karolina Blasiak

Karolina is an independent art consultant and advisor based in Paris, working collectively with team members and clients in strategizing, growing and supporting their existing collections and helping constitute new ones. Graduated magna cum laude from Adam Mickiewicz University with a Master  of Arts in linguistics and art history. She also has a Masters in Business Administration from the Montpellier Business School. Her prior research focused on art market pricing in relation to artist’s branding. Capitalizing on her past experience with contemporary and modern art galleries in New York and Paris she is focusing on expanding advisory services for artists, estates and foundations as well as luxury hotels and private clients. Karolina speaks fluently French, German, English, Polish and Russian.

Karolina Blasiak
Art Consultant & Advisor Blue Chip Art - Europe
Alexander Collins_VELVENOIR Intern

Alexander Collins

Alexander joined our VELVENOIR team to assist the consultants behind our international network on various art consultancy and art collection management tasks. He received a BA in History at Royal Holloway, University of London and completed his Master in Decorative Arts and Historic Interiors at the University of Buckingham. Alexander specialized in the history of art collecting, patronage and the eighteenth-century Grand Tour. He has assisted with historic building conservation and heritage consultancy projects, and worked as Editor for an architectural cataloging project with the Archbishops’ Council of the Church of England.

Alexander Collins
London Art Consultancy - Intern
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Luna

Luna
Our additional art Support in the office

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