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Alexandra Schafer, the driving force behind the international brand – VELVENOIR. A hospitality and marketing professional who brings her passion for contemporary art into the company. Having worked over 10 years within the field of hospitality, events, marketing and PR – she decided to build a company which not only makes contemporary art accessible at a global level but also has a personal and professional approach as part of the entire art experience. Through her entrepreneurial and hands-on approach, she has built a firm that breaks the boundaries of today´s art world and targets strategically niche industries. To make art acquisition a personal experience and an exciting journey for her clients. Alexandra has been acquiring, curating and installing contemporary art from emerging to established career artists sourced from leading art galleries and art fairs as well as from artists to place within various residential, hospitality and commercial projects to create unique art experiences around the world together with a global network of experts, she selected and vetted to join her on the journey to transform her clients collection and spaces.
A clear understanding and passion for international collaborations have led Alexandra to partner with the best in class experts across the globe, who share the same belief and philosophy, about the power art has and how it cultivates a culture within any estate. Through her global network, she is able to bring in experts when needed but also supports her clients from the initial meeting until a bespoke communication strategy tailored to the art collection, brand as well as the estate to highlight the art investment as its own unique selling point.
Alexandra´s exposure to richly diverse cultures informs her entire approach and unique ability to translate each client´s desire to acquire contemporary art with a personal service allowed her to offer global access for her HNWI to acquire top-notch art for their private collection or project. She gained invaluable experiences and insights throughout the last 10 years while living in London and Sydney. Throughout the years, she worked for companies such as Four Seasons, David Jones, Merivale, HSBC, Sportsworld, The Star Sydney and many other boutique firms. Since 2014, she has been developing the brand VELVENOIR to an art concierge with three essential departments (the V Agency, The Blue Chip Brokerage and the Art Consultancy / Advisory) to ensure she can cater for any client who requires contemporary art or firms who are looking to incorporate contemporary career artist within their branding strategy.
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Catherine’s expertise rests with a working knowledge of contemporary art practices inclusive of painting, sculpture, photography, and works on paper, in addition to a nuanced understanding of the unique Australian Indigenous art practices. Specialist areas include Australian Art (Impressionist, Modernist, Contemporary), Aboriginal Art (Pintupi / Papunya Tula), and Asian Contemporary Art.
Over the years, Catherine collaborated with auction houses on selected exhibitions; and has placed numerous artworks with significant institutional and corporate art collections, in addition to private and institutional art collections located across the globe.
Angelika has developed a passion for art and architecture since her early childhood while living in Tuscany. After meeting and marrying the artist and sculptor Christian Peschke, she dedicated her life not only in developing and running her own firm within the luxury jewellery distribution within Italy, Germany and Austria. – she also supported her husband with his international exhibitions and sales throughout his career.
Her latest accomplishment was the publication “Christian Peschke” where she developed a book about his life’s work. Together with her husband, she designed and built the “Peschke House” in Flintsbach – Bayern, which opened in 2015 as a gallery. Since the passing of C.P in July 2017 she manages the entire estate from her husband and works with international artists to make art accessible and educate aspiring collectors on the importance of investing in an artist. She recently opened up the Peschke House as a private event location, where clients and companies can meet in a unique and artsy ambience to discuss and celebrate various functions.
Angelika, advises and supports clients within the DACH region (Germany, Italy and Austria) and supports Alexandra Schafer where she can with her know-how and connections.
Isabel Tapp, the CEO of AllDetails Middle East has been a major player in the luxury travel market for over 30 years. Working with international brands such as the Jumeirah Group, Rocco Forte Hotels, the renowned Glion Hospitality Management School in Switzerland, the Mandarin Oriental Group, VisitBritain, Expedia as well as private island resort North Island in Seychelles, Isabel is one of the GCC Region’s leading high-end luxury lifestyle experts.
A board-level strategic consultant, Isabel’s well-rounded communication expertise includes PR, Marketing, Sales and Events. Commencing her successful career as Director for Sales and Marketing for Corinthia Hotels, Isabel then moved to Switzerland to help the Marketing and Communications department for the renowned Glion Hotel School. She was then snapped up by the Jumeirah Hotels and Resorts group to set up their Public Relations department, swiftly being promoted to the Head of Marketing, PR & Communications for this prestigious hotel group. After an auspicious stint as Director of Sales & Marketing for Rocco Forte Hotels, Isabel was itching to break out on her own and, armed with a wealth of experience, set up AllDetails Middle East.
PR & Marketing Specialists in Luxury Lifestyle, Travel & Hospitality, AllDetails is an award-winning integrated PR and Communications agency based in Dubai and operating across the GCC region. Working with some of the world’s most recognizable brands on product and service launches as well as profile building, communications strategies and long-term awareness, the team’s global experience blends the best of traditional and digital PR to help brands tell engaging stories that stimulate conversation and influence consumer behaviour.
Experts in handling the public image of a company – whatever that may entail – AllDetails are specialists in raising a company and product awareness. Isabel has built AllDetails into a market leading and internationally awarded agency with a GCC footprint and now supports VELVENOIR globally with her expertise and know-how.
Alexandra 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. Born in Los Angeles, her family moved to London where she grew up and received her formal education. After college, she went on to have a successful career as an editorial photographer for magazines worldwide. In 2002 she launched Five Senses Interiors, an interior design company, with an art advisory add- on service, whose guiding philosophy was to stimulate the senses through color, visual art, texture, sound and customized scents.
Due to her earlier training in Fine Arts she began to focus on projects that would integrate contemporary art into both corporate and residential spaces. Alex Ray also began dealing privately in art in London at the pinnacle of the exploding British Art scene in the late 90’s and dealing has been a passion ever since. 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 in 2006, she set up Five Senses Art Consultancy on the West Coast, focusing primarily on European Contemporary art and emerging American art. 2016 saw the change of her consultancy name to Alexandra Ray Art Advisory. She currently serves as a member of San Francisco MOMA’S SECA (Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art) BAMFA, Artadia, and is a board member for StART Up Art fairs in L.A and San Francisco.
She currently hosts and curates pop up exhibitions, showcasing new talent every few months in the Bay Area and supports VELVENOIR throughout various hospitality, residential and commercial projects within the West Coast Area.
Jules Lambe 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 & works 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.
Inês Valle is a transcultural curator, art consultant and writer based between London (UK) and Lagos (NIG); specializing in African and Aboriginal contemporary arts, international social engaged art practices, art and communities, and in intercultural dialogues. She is a Founder / Director of the CERA PROJECT, an itinerant art platform for art that falls outside of Eurocentric and Western narratives, which encourages critical engagement with contemporary global issues, fosters conversation between artists, curators, writers, scientists and collectors.
Valle holds a BA in Visual Arts and a MA in Curatorial Studies both at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon. She has collaborated with art organizations across the world, including in Argentina, Australia, Congo, France, New Zealand, Nigeria, Palestine, Portugal, Rwanda, United Kingdom, and Zimbabwe. Currently, she is working on a major museum exhibition of the Argentinian artist Marcelo Brodsky at Berardo Museum in Portugal, as well as to the first edition of FRAT– the first Art and Technology Festival in West Africa, that she co-founded with the HFactor Collective in Nigeria.
Inês Valle supports our VELVENOIR AFRICA/AUSTRALIA advisors with various residential, hospitality and commercial projects with her curatorial expertise and know-how as well as supports our clients with our VELVENOIR services throughout the entire development process.
Claire Alliot Soto
Claire Alliot Soto,has worked extensively in the art world since 2010. Since completing a BA in Culture, Curation and Criticism at Central Saint Martins, College of Art and Design, London and a BA in History of Art at the Sorbonne University, Paris, she has engaged with the contemporary art scene, working both for the private and public sector. First working at the FRAC Ile-de-France / Le Plateau (Regional collection of contemporary art in Paris), 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.
Back then, she engaged closely with the work of internationally acclaimed artists Olafur Eliasson, Anish Kapoor, Anselm Reyle, Robin Rhode and Tomás Saraceno among others. She also collaborated with respectively British and Romanian art magazines Art Review and All Hollow. Since 2016, Claire supports VELVENOIR with her expertise and know-how on various projects.
Anna Chatzinassiou founded Ach Art Advisory in 2007, identifying the need for a discreet and professional art advisory service, regarding works of modern and contemporary art, for institutional, private and corporate clients. In the framework of Frieze London, Frieze Masters and Frieze NY VIP programme, she coordinates art trips for collectors to the art fairs, including a wide variety of visits to private collections, artists’ studios, museums and galleries. She is also working as an art journalist for the Greek edition of Artnews. Since 2010, she is the chief curator at the members club Salon de Bricolage (Athens). She was responsible for Art Athina‘s (International Contemporary Art Fair of Athens) VIP Guest Relations for international collectors (2015 & 2016).
In addition, Anna Chatzinassiou has curated a number of art exhibitions in art institutions and galleries with more recent: the group exhibition titled “Daybreak” at Art Athina 2018, the group exhibition titled “Creatures of a Day” during Art Athina 2016, the photography and video group exhibition titled “Final Destination” at the Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos (October 2015 – January 2016), the group exhibition titled “No More Tricks” during Art Athina 2015, the photography exhibition titled “Crossings: Panos Kokkinias – Nikos Markou – Yiorgis Yerolymbos” at the Municipal Art Gallery of Hania, Crete (April – June 2015) and the group exhibition titled “Staging the Domestic” at the Hospital Club, London, UK (October – December 2014), which was inaugurated parallel to the Frieze Art Fair.
Anna Chatzinassiou organized the major part of Costa Navarino’s private art collection in Messinia (2010 – 2011). Furthermore, she was a lecturer in History of Modern and Contemporary Art at Theocharakis Foundation (Athens, Greece) and was the official advisor to the President of the Cultural Organization of the Municipality of Athens (2007 – 2009).Prior to founding Ach Art Advisory, Anna Chatzinassiou worked for several years at Xippas Gallery (Athens – Paris) where she advised a number of private and institutional collectors. Furthermore, she was responsible for VIP Guest Relations at Dakis Ioannou exhibition titled “Monument to Now“, which was held in Athens, Greece (2004). Previously she was part of Sotheby’s 19th Century European Paintings & Greek Art Sales team (London, UK). Her training was gained at the Louvre Museum and the Musée d’ Orsay in Paris where she held various positions.
Anna Chatzinassiou holds a master’s degree in Arts Management from City University (London, UK) and a bachelors degree in Art History from AUP and Sorbonne-Paris VI (Paris, France). She now manages, all VELVENOIR enquiries within Greece and supports clients through the entire art concierge process in collaboration with the global VELVENOIR team.
Magdalena is an Austrian Dubai-based design and art consultant specialized in creating and implementing corporate interior experiences. As a brand management specialist and design leader, she successfully implements brand and design projects in the retail, automotive and hospitality industry for start-ups as well as large companies at international levels. With a strong background in corporate design management, Magdalena focuses on authentic and integrated design development – strengthening brands in redesigning their showrooms, creating art and interior concepts and implementing design strategies. With a proven track record within the marketing and design business sectors and her Masters in Design and Product Management, she brings over 15 years of experience as a design management professional. Magdalena worked several years for Porsche, shaped retail design projects as Managing Director of a design and brand communication agency and had the lead of versatile retail consulting projects.
Magdalena manages the V-Agency for VELVENOIR – more here
Lou Anmella is an Art Project Manager specialized in Chinese contemporary art. She is a co-founder of ACA project non-profit organization and the founder of Maison Jade art agency.
Lou holds a BA in Art History and English Literature and Civilization from the Paris Catholic Institute (FR), a MA in Art History from the Pantheon-Sorbonne University (Paris, FR) and a MA in Cultural Management from the Cergy-Pontoise University (FR). She began her career in 2015 at the luxury department store Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche in Paris (FR) where she helped manage the art and design collection, and organize exhibitions with international artists such as Martin Parr, Ai Weiwei, and Chiharu Shiota. Passionate about cultural exchanges and eager to facilitate the circulation of artistic creations from Asia to Europe and vice-versa, in 2015 Lou co-founded the non-profit organization ACA project, an online platform aiming to provide knowledge and understanding about Asian contemporary art to a French and English-speaking audience. Following a collaboration curating photographic exhibitions with the M97 gallery in Shanghai China in 2017, Lou is now based in Paris France. She recently launched the contemporary art agency Maison Jade and works with artists and galleries, offering curative direction, exhibition coordination and logistical support, to help bring their projects to fruition.
“I am very excited to become a part of the prestigious and international company VELVENOIR. Joining this passionate and exemplary team is a unique opportunity for me to take on new challenges and enrich my expertise. Collaborating with clients and collectors in Paris, we will move forward together: by engaging in dialogue and obtaining a clear vision of their direction, I will make sure to offer them a relevant and creative tailor-made service.”
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 studied Art Education from Korea University, and 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. Her exhibitions and writings on contemporary art have bridged the New York and Korean art worlds.
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 ‘Art for All: Public Art in New York 모두의 미술, 2017’, ‘Museums make New York Peculiar 뉴욕의 특별한 미술관, 2012’.
Liz supports our VELVENOIR NYC advisors with various residential, hospitality and commercial projects with her curatorial expertise and know-how.
Antoinette Genevieve Williams
An independent art consultant, curator, and writer, Antoinette is an enthusiast for the art of all media. Currently based in San Diego, she has participated in organizing exhibitions in the US and abroad. She earned her BA in Art History from the University of Nevada Las Vegas and gained her MA in Fine and Decorative Art from Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London. Antoinette is currently a contributing writer for Rise Art, Or Does It Explode Magazine, and Vanguard Culture. She previously penned articles for Fresh Paint Magazine [now Create! Magazine] and Artfetch [merged with Rise Art].
Antoinette runs all VELVENOIR activities and works with clients throughout San Diego and Southern California, she aims to offer brilliant options to collectors and commercial clients both in the region and abroad.
Equipped with an academic curriculum in Art History and Art Business developed between Italy and the U.K. and after successful, relevant experiences in both major international auction houses (Christie’s and Sotheby’s) as well as private galleries in London, Enrico subsequently decided to set up his own company and founded Hippeus Art Brokerage in January 2016. With a specific focus on the Italian secondary market, spanning from Old Masters (17th and 18th Century, in particular) to the Post War period (artists such as Fontana, Bonalumi, Castellani, Burri and Scheggi) Enrico proficiently advises his clients on every delicate aspect surrounding the purchase – or sale – of valuable, high-quality artworks.