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Collecting 101 @ Bortolami, 39 Walker St.

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About Stefania Bortolami

Stefania Bortolami graduated from Universtity of Torino in 1986 with a degree in Art History. At Sotheby’s Institute in London she got her Post-Graduate degree in Contemporary Art. Shortly after graduation she worked in the Sotheby’s London Valuation and Communication Departments while studying to receive her Master’s degree in Cultural Studies from Middlesex University. In 1991 she opened a cutting-edge contemporary art gallery in Barcelona, Spain called the Backspace Gallery. In 1995 she was offered a director’s position at Anthony d’Offay’s London gallery, where she stayed until 1998 when Larry Gagosian offered her a position at his flagship gallery on Madison Avenue in New York City.  In 2005, she and another Gagosian director opened a newly renovated ground floor gallery in the Chelsea District of New York City called Bortolami Dayan. Ms. Bortolami took sole ownership of the business in 2007, which has since relocated to the Tribeca neighborhood in New York City.  For 10 years Bortolami Gallery has been successfully staging exhibitions, represents 20 internationally renowned artists, and participates in at least 7 International art fairs per year. 

About Paul Leong

Paul Leong is an investment banker focused on the real estate industry. Mr. Leong has been an art lover for many years and actively collects contemporary and emerging artists across all mediums. He is an Officer of the Contemporary Arts Council of MoMA and the Co-chair of the FCA Friends at the Foundation for Contemporary Arts.