Catherine Asquith is a highly educated and experienced arts professional. A former Melbourne-based gallerist, Catherine has an academic background in Art History, extensive international travel and residency and, in excess of 20 years working within the Australian art market, and more recently, the Asian art market, across both the primary and secondary sectors. Catherine has curated exhibitions, nationally and internationally; published catalogues; has been invited as a guest speaker for gallery exhibition openings, as well as exclusive corporate events; provided reportage on international art fairs; collaborated with auction houses on selected exhibitions; and has placed numerous artworks with significant institutional and corporate art collections, in addition to private art collections located, across the globe. A former member of the Australian Commercial Galleries Association (ACGA) throughout the tenure of her eponymous commercial art gallery, (appointed State Chair 2010), Catherine is currently a Board Member for the Sydney Art Zone and a member of the Art Consulting Association of Australia (ACAA). Providing bespoke art advisory services, Catherine remains a passionate advocate for bridging the gap between the Australian arts sector and the global art market.
San Francisco / LA
Alex Ray gained a BA Honors Degree in Fine Art at Central St. Martin’s in London, England, and an MA in contemporary art at Sotheby’s Institute in London. Alex, began to focus on projects that would integrate contemporary art into both corporate and residential spaces. She has been responsible for contemporary art acquisitions for numerous corporate art collections and individual purchases of blue chip and emerging works, both in Europe and the USA. Having relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area she now focuses primarily on European Contemporary art and emerging American art. More recently she has been staging luxury homes with original art to enhance its chances of a successful sale.
Alexandra Schafer, the driving force behind VELVENOIR and the international network. She brings her passion for contemporary art and hospitality into the company. Her 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. Throughout the years, she worked for companies such as Four Seasons, David Jones, Merivale, HSBC, Sportsworld, The Star Sydney and many other boutique hotels
London & Milan
Spain & France
Claire Alliot Soto
With three decades of collecting experience, Marla is passionate about its rewards and sensitive to its complexities. As an art specialist, Marla’s expertise is wide-ranging, having curated museum exhibitions ranging from POP – ‘The Art, Inspiration, and Appropriation of Andy Warhol,’ to celebrating the pioneers of new media art in ‘RAM: Rethinking Art and Machine.’ She also shares perspectives and an in-depth analysis of contemporary art as an arts contributor at the Canadian publication the ‚Bay St Bull.‘ Marla was recently invited to join the prestigious Association of Professional Art Advisors (APAA).
Jennifer Klos is President of Collector House Inc., an art advisory firm that assists private collectors, interior designers and institutions in United States in the acquisition of fine and decorative arts from modern to contemporary works. She was Curator at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art for eight years, organizing national and international exhibitions, expanding the presentation of decorative arts and design, and contemporary art installations. Jennifer earned her master’s degree in the history of decorative arts, design, and culture from the Bard Graduate Center NYC and her bachelor’s degree in Art History and French from Vanderbilt University. She is a graduate of the Inchbald School of Design, London and Christie’s Education, London.
Magdalena is an Austrian Dubai-based design and art consultant specialized in creating corporate interior experiences. As a brand management specialist and design leader, she successfully implements brand & design projects in the retail, automotive and hospitality industry for start-ups as well as large companies at international levels. With a proven track record within the marketing and design business sectors and a profound know-how in planning and curating, Magdalena brings over 15 years of experience as a design management professional.
AUSTRALIA / NY
Miriam is an Australian, New York-based art consultant and appraiser specializing in Australian Aboriginal art. Miriam brings a fresh and intuitive approach to collecting Aboriginal art, matching the values and identity of the client, collection or space with artworks and artists that reflect these. Working closely with art centres and individual artists, Miriam follows strict ethical standards on the acquisition, handling and sale of Aboriginal art. Miriam earned her master’s degree in Arts Administration and her bachelor’s degree in Art History and French from the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney. Miriam is a member of the Art Consultants Association of Australia and a qualified appraiser in North America.
Holly Baxter is a creative, dynamic and visionary art professional with over 15 years experience working in public, private and non-profit organizations. She is Principal in Holly Baxter & Associates, and is also Chief Curator for the Human Rights Foundation’s international art program. Since 2001 she has provided comprehensive art advisory services to private collectors, interior designers, corporations and institutions. HB&A assists clients in forming sophisticated collections of modern and contemporary art, with a focus on art that is intellectually and conceptually bold as well as technically accomplished.
NY / LA
Founder at Mercer Contemporary – based in New York. Nicole Bray follows 12 years of working with corporations such as Apple and Visa Inc. in the Creative Arts, Nicole received her Masters in Contemporary Art (Hons.) from Sotheby’s Institute of Art, New York. She was the recipient of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Emerging Curator Fellowship 2015, and has worked at both an Auction House and for a distinguished private family’s collection.
KIEV & BEIJING
Myroslava’s unique approach fuses art business and academia. With a strong background in international relations, Myroslava recognizes the potential art has to shape identity and build dialogue across borders and cultures. Her international art dealership, based on her family’s extensive collection of paintings, brings Eastern European fine art into a global context. Her experience includes shaping collections for high-net-worth individuals in China, consulting government agencies in Ukraine, and working on international cultural projects with embassies and NGOs. Myroslava is a Research Associate at the Centre for International Studies, University of Oxford (UK), and a Cultural Leader with the EU-Eastern Partnership Culture and Creativity Programme.
Liz Yisun Kwon
Liz Yisun Kwon is a curator and writer based in New York. She is a Founder / Director of LYK Art Projects LLC, a curatorial agency working for public and private sector clients on a variety of international art and design projects. Liz holds Master’s degrees in Art Theory from Seoul National University, and in Arts and Cultural Management from the Pratt Institute. She has developed many research projects on art museums and has gained experience in both the curatorial and management areas of art organizations. Working as a gallery director in Chelsea NY for the past years, she organized numerous exhibitions and educational programs. In addition to consulting the private and corporate collections, she is an avid art writer whose publications include Museums make New York Peculiar. Liz is also currently on the board of uJung Art Center and uJung Foundation.
Cultarture was founded by Henrietta (Heni) Y. Xie. From Budapest to Shanghai, Heni is Chinese-Hungarian who holds an MA from Durham University, United Kingdom and has completed her studies at Sotheby’s Institute of Art (New York) on art collection management and art history. She specialises in Modern/Contemporary art and has her own perspective on the contemporary art market of the two worlds – the East and the West. Heni can speak English, Hungarian, Chinese, conversational Korean and French.
Köln / Düsseldorf
Desislava is an independent art advisor and consultant for tailor-made solutions for art collecting and placement. Her multicultural background and dedication to contemporary art destinations have paved the way for her involvement in creating and promoting innovative international collaborations for the next generation such as interdisciplinary art projects and exhibitions, institutional cooperations, city sister ships, artist residencies and public – private partnerships in the arts sector. Desislava holds a Magistra Artium degree in art history, media science and modern Japanology from Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf and brings over 20 years of international experience and networking in the art world.
Jules Lambe runs is an independent Art|Design Consultancy Firm based in Hong Kong & Greater Asian Region. She works with various art and design consultants together to curate, source, budgets, design – develop & facilitate bespoke public art programmes including lighting & tile installation,Studies @ Sothebys Institute London covering 20th Century Design. She curates more than 30% of her annual workload such as Venice Biennale 2013, 2015. Furthermore, Jules sits on board MOCA Museum Beijing. In decorative Arts she has a strong interest & work with NGO‘ & Artisans to contemporize traditional Crafts within sustainable development. Jules brings over 14 years of experience as an Art & Design professional throughout the Asia Pacific Region & America and has developed strong relationships with other art professionals including Art Law to assist Corporate & private clients.
Ruud has a passion for art and loves to support Dutch artists to bring their artwork to professionals in the international luxury marketplace. He studied physics and business administration and became an entrepreneur after he worked for Philips and Unilever. Ruud also participates in Dutch technology companies where he supports management with business development. From this he got in contact with Dutch Design and Art. He gained experience and insights in how to develop Art projects together with professionals like: project developers, gallerists and interiors for private as well as public projects. He specialized in Dutch art and art consultancy to select the best art for the project at hand.
Stefanie Bergot, arTbridge co-founder and director has over 15 years experience in the art world in London. Starting her career as sales director at Waterhouse & Dodd on the notorious Cork Street, then further expending her knowledge at the Halcyon Galleries, she started her own consultancy practice in 2006 sourcing art for her clients between London and Paris. Combining her love of interiors, architecture and art, she co-founded arTbridge in 2010. Using her unique combination of flair, expertise and resources, Stefanie, with the help of her team, will deliver the transformational power of art wherever you are.
New York City
With over ten years of experience in contemporary art, art writing, and design, she is an art consultant to private collectors, corporations, hospitalities, and architects, nationwide, and internationally. She is the founder and art consultant for Christine Lee Art Advisory, providing a comprehensive service for her clients in selecting artwork/s or building a collection for their residences, corporations or public environments. She offers a tailored approach, specific to each collector, collection, and space, working on all aspects of the collecting process including research, identifying and accessing artworks, negotiating acquisitions, curating, framing, installations and deaccessions. Christine earned a Masters in Communication Design from Pratt Institute, a BA in Comparative Literature from Rutgers University, and a Certificate in Modern and Contemporary Art, Connoisseurship and the Art Market from Christie’s Education, NY.
De Roussan Art Projects
De Roussan Art Projects relies on their sharp experience and significant curatorial skills as art gallery directors to offer a strong perspective and coherent artistic atmosphere to their clients´ living or/and working spaces.Based on a wide international network, DRAP provides a broad range of artworks in accordance with your budget and cultural aspiration.Living with art is a way to support creation. DRAP ensures the best of their expertise to develop « tailor made » concepts for your company: strategy of collection, artistic ograming etc… Because working alongside artworks allows your company to anchor in the present, each project is unique and reflects your company’s vision. Whether you wish to create a personal atmosphere, involve your employees or offer an engaging experience to your clients, we build together the perfect strategy
Anastasia Petrovskaya and Maria Korolevskaya
Anastasia Petrovskaya and Maria Korolevskaya both hold art history degrees and strong background in developing private collections. They have over 5 years experience in the art world from researching and sourcing to art consulting and collection management. Together they founded The Art Partners in 2015 in London, providing full range of art related services for new and established international collectors. They solely represent client’s interests, treating all inquiries with tailor-made solutions and on a case by case basis.
Tiina Koivulahti, our partner for RECENART®, the European art research center in Finland. She and her team offer unique on-site, as well as portable, analytical services for the art world. RECENTART built on the infrastructure of the University of Jyväskylä, RECENART® has its foundation in the synergy of experienced art historians and innovative scientists. We provide concrete and unbiased research results about works of art, ceramics and archaeological objects.