Board of directors
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.
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.
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. Over her 20 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.
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.
Sundaram Tagore Gallery
Events & Special Projects Chair
Faina Derman is a gallerist and founding director of Sundaram Tagore Gallery Hong Kong. With locations in New York City, Singapore, and Hong Kong, Sundaram Tagore Gallery is dedicated to examining the exchange of ideas between Western and non-Western cultures. Among its recent museum exhibitions were Frontiers Reimagined at the Museo di Palazzo Grimani in Venice, a collateral event of the 56th Venice Biennale; Sebastião Salgado: The World Through His Eyes at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, and a photography exhibition at the Ayala Museum in Manila. Under Faina's guidance the gallery has held exhibitions for numerous artists including Robert Polidori, Hiroshi Senju, Edward Burtynsky, Jane Lee, Sebastião Salgado, Susan Weil, Golnaz Fathi, and Sohan Qadri. Prior to moving to Hong Kong in 2007, Faina worked at the Sundaram Tagore Gallery in New York City and Marlborough Gallery in Madrid. She was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia, and educated in the United States, where she received a master’s degree in art history and an undergraduate degree in international business from the University of Georgia.
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.
Rossi & Rossi
Fabio Rossi was born in 1963 in Turin, Italy. At the age of eleven, he accompanied his mother, Anna Maria, on a trip to Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. This early exposure to Asia – its culture, arts and people – had a lasting impact on him, inspiring his future professional endeavours. Fabio moved to London in 1983 to attend the School of Oriental and African Studies, from which he obtained both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in art and archaeology. After a brief apprenticeship with the legendary dealership of Spink & Son, he joined forces with his mother, who had moved to London in 1986, to establish the gallery known today as Rossi & Rossi. Beginning in the late 1980s, Fabio started travelling extensively within the United States, reaching out to museums and collectors throughout the country, and developing relationships that endure to this day. Since 2005, Fabio has also been instrumental in nurturing the careers of artists of the greater Asia – Pacific region – from Tibet to Cambodia, Hong Kong to Pakistan. He moved to Hong Kong in 2011, two years later, he opened a gallery where he now exhibits the work of artists who would otherwise lack local exposure in addition to the classical Himalayan art for which he and his mother have become world renowned. Over the years, Rossi & Rossi’s innovative exhibitions and top-notch scholarly publications in both the classical and contemporary realms have solidified the gallery’s status as leaders in the wide-ranging field of Asian art.
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.
Katie de Tilly
10 Chancery Lane Gallery
Honorary Chair, President Emeritus
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.
Honorary Chair, President Emeritus
Henrietta is the founder 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.
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.