Board of directors
Henrietta is the founder and co-president of the Hong Kong Art Gallery Association and the owner of Galerie Ora-Ora, one of the leading galleries in Hong Kong for Chinese and Western contemporary art. Since inception, Ora-Ora has grown to manage nearly forty veteran artists worldwide, including Europe, North America, Australia, Asia, China and Hong Kong. Henrietta is an expert in Contemporary Ink Art and curates state-of-the-art exhibitions in Hong Kong approximately once every two months. Her gallery participated in numerous Art Fairs inclusive of Art Basel Hong Kong, Art HK, Fine Art Asia, Art Asia Miami, Art Singapore, Young Art Taipei, etc. Henrietta’s background is multi-disciplinary. Before she took up her passion in art, she spent eleven years in the banking industry with Citigroup and HSBC, with specialisation in corporate finance, public sector, real estate and top-tiers local corporations. Currently, Henrietta is completing her PhD degree in Art Critic and Theory in China's Academy for Art Industries, Shanghai University. She also holds an MBA degree from Kellogg Business School, Northwestern University, and undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Economics from Queens University. She is a member of the Entrepreneurs’ Organisation Hong Kong. Throughout her childhood, she was immersed in art and was trained in different media including oils, pastel, Chinese painting and sketching. Due to her unique background in business and art, she has been widely invited to speak and write academic papers on Contemporary Ink, art market, art investments, valuation, art licensing and art finance.
Katie de Tilly
10 Chancery Lane Gallery
Katie de Tilly is a founding member and co-president of the Hong Kong Art Gallery Association. She opened 10 Chancery Lane Gallery in 2001 with the aim to explore the rich historical, social and cultural context of the region. 10 Chancery Lane Gallery focuses on art from the Asia-Pacific. The artists represented come from India, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, China, Hong Kong, Japan and Australia, some who have exhibited at major international institutions such as Tate Modern, MoMA NY, and M+ HK. The gallery is dedicated to exploring the development of art from the lesser-known art movements of Myanmar, Cambodia and Vietnam. Katie sits on the board of the Tate APAC committee and the Programme Advisory Committee (PAC) of RMIT University.
Contemporary by Angela Li
Angela Li is the founder of Contemporary by Angela Li, representing emerging and established artists from China, Hong Kong and worldwide since its establishment in 2008, with a strong focus on photography and new media art. Since its establishment, the gallery has gained considerable attention and has become one of Hong Kong's top galleries for contemporary art. The gallery's carefully curated exhibition programme consistently challenges and brings surprises to the local and international art scene. Angela holds a degree in Business Mathematics & Statistics from the London School of Economics, University of London. She was a banker at HSBC and in 2000 set up her own art consultancy company. She was the host of 'Museum of Art', a weekly art programme on Now TV's News Channel between 2010 and 2011 and still regularly contributes to local magazines.
Art specialist and dealer, Adriana Alvarez-Nichol founded Puerta Roja in 2010, the only gallery in Asia Pacific to specialise in Latin American and Spanish Art. Born in Mexico, but spent her working life in London and around the world, Adriana is a founding Board member and Vice President of the Hong Kong Art Gallery Association. Prior to becoming an art dealer, Adriana’s long career in investment and private banking took her to Europe, Asia Pacific, USA, Africa and the Middle East. Adriana is an Economist from ITAM and holds an MBA from the London Business School. She was also a recipient of the prestigious British Chevening Scholarship and named as one of the “Top Ten Most Powerful Mexican Women Abroad” by CNN. Under her guidance, Puerta Roja collaborates with a wide network of renowned galleries from Latin America, Asia and Europe, independent art exhibition venues, innovative art fairs, international art dealers and non-profit art organisations. The gallery invests in the primary market, arranges for commissions, sources specific mandates and intermediates in the secondary market, primarily between Asian and Latin American private collectors.
Yas Mostashari Chang
Community Service Chair
Yas Mostashari Chang is a trained architect with a Master in Architecture and Urban Design from the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. She was born in Iran and has lived in Canada, UK, France and China before moving to Hong Kong in 2010. Prior to moving to Hong Kong, She had her own Architecture practice in London and Shanghai, designing luxury hotels and commercial and residential projects worldwide. She is a keen art collector with a focus on Middle Eastern Contemporary art and calligraphy In 2015 she joined Jane Chao Lee as a partner in Galerie Huit in the new location in Soho 189. The gallery promotes international contemporary art and seeks to promote international established and emerging artists in Hong Kong.
Kwai Fung Hin Art Gallery
Born in Hong Kong, Ms Catherine Kwai founded Kwai Fung Hin Art Gallery in 1991 and from there, she has established three more companies with different specializations in art, namely Kwai Fung Art Consultants, Kwai Po Collection, and Kwai Fung Art Publishing House. Alongside devoting herself in building up a successful career, Ms Kwai has also been actively involved in charity works and public services. She is currently the Board Member of Lord Wilson Heritage Trustees, Member of Board of Directors of Association Culturelle France-Hong Kong Ltd. (Le French May), and the Member of the Academic Committee of the 7th and the 8th Shanghai Biennale. Her contribution in cultural exchange between China and France has earned her the award “Knight of the National Order of the Merit” by the French Government in 2011.
Axel Vervoordt Gallery
Events & Special Projects Chair
Originating from the UK Joanne has spent the last 16 years working and travelling in Japan, Singapore, Germany and for the past 10 has made Hong Kong her home. Originally starting her career working for IBM, Joanne moved on to work at an international bank. After taking some time out to travel and study Art History while overseas, an opportunity fell into her lap to work for one of the world largest international galleries, at that time opening up a new space in London. Working alongside them she was offered the chance to move to Hong Kong. With her background in European and Modern 20th Century Art, moving to Asia represented a terrific opportunity and a steep learning curve to absorb herself in Asian Art and what was particularly hot in 2006 – Chinese Contemporary Art. After 5 years, she moved on to a Chinese Hong Kong-based gallery to further her knowledge in Chinese Contemporary Art, until more recently joining the Belgian Gallery, Axel Vervoordt, as their Hong Kong Gallery Director. With intimate and carefully-curated shows and being a strong supporter of Zero and Gutai art movements from its inception, Axel Vervoordt’s vision has gradually evolved into contemporary art with a special interest in the concept of the void, the process of the creation and in the questioning of the experience of space and time. The gallery’s philosophy provides a bridge for artists to connect with the world and present their work without context in a pure space that promotes the freedom of artistic endeavours. Joanne continues to work towards educating the Hong Kong market on the gallery’s vision, and introducing both well-established and less-known artists to Asian collectors and the public alike.
Legal Counsel & Executive Corporate Secretary
William Fong is a corporate lawyer. His practice focuses on advising public and private companies, including private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies, on domestic and cross-border acquisitions and divestitures. William is also actively engaged in the operation of Yan Gallery, which represents a prestigious group of artists from Mainland China, Hong Kong and abroad. William is also an avid art collector.
Vincent Chan is the co-owner of Leo Gallery in Hong Kong and in Shanghai. Having spent 17 years in the UK and Canada, Vincent returned to Hong Kong in 2006 and delved into the local art scene upon earning an MA degree from Sotheby's Institute of Art, University of Manchester. Vincent's gallery is dedicated to sculptures and public art, promoting artistic and cultural dialogue among artists and art lovers in Hong Kong, Shanghai and the rest of the world.
Massimo De Carlo
Claudia Albertini (°1978, Italy) is an Italian Sinologue based in Hong Kong, where she works as Gallery Director of Massimo De Carlo. She studied Chinese Language and Culture at the University Ca’ Foscari in Venice, Italy, and has a MA in Chinese Advanced Studies from the University of Sheffield, UK. Claudia has worked for Platform China (HK) as well as a leading Italian gallery in Beijing’s 798 Art District and has written on Chinese art for NY Arts Magazine, The Architecture Newspaper and IlSole24Ore ArtEconomy24. As an independent curator, she has followed various research projects on the contemporary state of arts in China, among which the most recent one was supported by QUT, Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia, as well as curated exhibition projects both in China and abroad. In 2009 she took part in the first edition of the Gwangju Biennale International Young Curators course. In 2012 she attended the executive course: Art Business and Management at Sotheby’s Institute in London. She is the author of Avatars and Antiheroes. A Guide to Chinese Contemporary Artists, published by Kodansha. A resident of Beijing for most of the past decade, Claudia has been playing a key role in the Chinese contemporary art scene, promoting and supporting young Chinese artists, fostering exchange between Western and Asian artists, and consulting with art buyers. Claudia is one of the organizers and producers of Chai Wan Mei Art Festival, a satellite art event happening yearly in Hong Kong at the same time as Art Basel HK.
Pékin Fine Arts
Public Relations & Marketing Chair
Meg Maggio is director of Pékin Fine Arts, a Beijing and Hong Kong based contemporary art gallery and art advisory consultancy. Ms. Maggio is a 25+ year Beijing resident, and former corporate attorney turned visual arts entrepreneur. She advises major museums, corporations and private clients on building and maintaining art collections. She sits on the Board of the Hong Kong Art Gallery Association, and has witnessed as a pioneer the rapid development of the Chinese contemporary art scene since the 1980's.
Treasurer & Sponsorship Chair
Shirley Yablonsky is the director of Opera Gallery Hong Kong, a world‐renowned French gallery with ten locations worldwide. She is an innovative art dealer, curator and art consultant with vast experience in international modern and contemporary art. She is actively involved in the expansion and exposure of Western art in the Asia region, and specializes in the Asian art market. Shirley joined Opera Gallery group in 1996 and has since climbed the ladder, with years of experience in the Singapore and New York galleries before taking on the directorship in Hong Kong. Throughout her 18 years’ experience with Opera Gallery, Shirley has played an integral role in its expansion, development, and market domination both regionally and globally, leading the opening of the first international gallery in Hong Kong back in 2004. Opera Gallery Hong Kong is known for bringing world-class exhibitions by the likes of Salvador Dali, Marc Chagall and Fernando Botero, and has since evolved into a destination for art lovers of all genres. Shirley’s expansive knowledge and experience in the market in general and in the region in particular proved itself when the gallery needed to present a competitive edge in the highly-crowded local art market, overflowing with new galleries, auctions and art fairs. Shirley re‐built the brand strategy to strengthen its market share with a more selective curatorial program and an impressive four-story location on Wyndham Street. Shirley has also built major long‐term relationships with corporate companies such as the MGM Grand Macau and Hongkong Land and Citibank, among many others, which has strengthened the local corporate commitment to art for the public, in the public.
Karin Weber Gallery
Honorary Chair, President Emeritus
Karin Weber arrived from London to Hong Kong in 1990 and worked for 5 years for an international company. Drawing on experience gained in London working in the Antique/Fine Art field, she first opened an antique shop and once a month arranged weekend antiquing trips to Zhaoqing, Southern China. After 4 years, she held her first gallery show from May-June 1999: “Spiritual Enlightenment”, a sell-out solo show by Burmese artist, Min WAE AUNG. Today the artist is of course known all around the world. Travelling at least 2-3 times a year to Burma, Karin also got to know many more artists and gradually the Karin Weber Gallery became known for Burmese art. The emphasis then moved to an international artists program. Whilst retaining many Burmese artists, Karin also brought artists to Hong Kong from China, Cambodia, Singapore, Australia, USA and of course, Germany. For example in 2013, her gallery showed 3 German artists in solo exhibitions: Willi Siber, Tina Buchholtz and Andrea Bender. In 2011, Karin took the initiative to find like-minded gallerists to think about a Hong Kong Art Gallery Association. The formation of the HKAGA was finally achieved in October 2012 and together with Henrietta Tsui-Leung, Karin served as Co-President. In March 2014, Karin moved to Berlin, Germany, leaving the Gallery in the capable hands of Stephanie Braun (London), Leena Gidwani (Bombay) and Kenneth Young (Hong Kong). Karin is now responsible for developing the German market. In October of the same year, she organised her first exhibition in Berlin showing new works by Tina Buchholtz.