The Artrooms Fairs organisers are thrilled to present you the members of the Artrooms Fair London 2019’s Selection Committee:

Giulia Abate, Gallerist

Giulia Abate was born in Rome, where she graduated in communication studies and she achieved a Master’s degree in Art and culture: strategies for marketing communication and fundraising.
She has curated several exhibitions such as Potenza della delusione at the Complesso Monumentale del Vittoriano in Rome dedicated to the artist Maurizio Savini (2013) and after she curated the exhibition Arte in Circolo Brigita Huemer and Angelica Romeo (2015). In May 2017 she opened the art gallery Mucciaccia Contemporary, Rome with the aim to give voice to young curators, to attract the attention of a broad and cosmopolitan audience and to become a reference point for anyone wishing to remain up-to-date on contemporary art. She is the artistic director for the same gallery and she has also curated its opening exhibition entitled Nel fondo del tempo: Francesco Cervelli and Mauro Di Silvestre. The following year she curated the Ipergrafie exhibition, dedicated to Francesca Matarazzo. In addition to being artistic direction and curator for Mucciaccia Contemporary,  she also manages the Claudio Abate Archive with her brother.

Laura Archer, Individual Giving & Events Manager at Museum of London

Laura Archer works at the Museum of London, looking after their patron group, The Society of Londoners, and connecting them with the city through special events, curatorial expertise and exclusive networks. Prior to her role at the Museum, Laura worked as Public Programmes Manager at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, running their short courses focused on contemporary art, art history and art business. Alongside her day job, Laura is also author of the book Gone for Lunch: 52 Things to do in your Lunch Break, and a champion for workplace wellbeing. She is regularly engaged as a speaker for in-house company training and media interviews.

Roz Barr, Architect

Roz Barr founded Roz Barr Architects in 2010. Roz Barr’s interest in developing an idiosyncratic process of making led her to pursue her own architectural studio, her portfolio has grown quickly, and the size of the studio has followed. As founder and director, she has learnt through experience that being at the forefront of any design lead practice requires constant involvement in all stages of the design and delivery of a project. The office uses “models or maquettes” as a critical part of their process of developing a project, where architectural ideas are realised through its making. In 2017, following an exhibition of their work called “Adaptation” they published their first book which documents the first five years of making.
Her now 8-strong practice is currently involved in projects in London, Manchester, Scotland and Spain and New York. She has gained international recognition in Norway for her proposals for a new church, and was part of 2014 Venice Biennale with her proposal for a public square and the restoration of San Lorenzo in Venice . The practice is currently working on a new Augustinian Centre and Priory in London and is refurbishing the Building Centre on Store Street London and The Bishopsgate Institute in the City of London.
Roz originally studied at Glasgow School of Art, before studying architecture where she completed her education in London at the Bartlett, UCL. Roz has taught at the Architectural Association and the Bartlett School of Architecture in London and is an External Examiner on the MA Architecture course at the Architectural Association, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen and Kingston University She also sits on the RIBA National and International Validation Panel for Education. Roz was Vice President of Education at the RIBA between 2012 -2015.
Previous to setting up her practice in 2010 Roz spent nearly 10 years as an Associate Director with Eric Parry Architects, where she led projects from competition to completion such as 23 Savile Row, London, and the Holburne Museum of Art in Bath. She has extensive experience in working through sensitive planning issues and working with stake holder and client groups to maintain and achieve difficult and complex projects.
Roz Barr is originally from Scotland, she has worked in Hong Kong and Vancouver, and has been practicing in London for over 16 years.

Giovanni Buscemi,  Sales and Marketing Manager of Leasys UK

Giovanni has been for more than 17 years in the Leasing and Manufacturer Industries both in Italy and the UK holding position in Fleet Business Development, National Fleet Sales, Contract Hire Relationship Management and Key Account Managers Coordination for ALD, Volkswagen and Mercedes. He was recently appointed as Total Cost of Ownership and Campaign Manager of Fiat Professional UK developing commercial campaigns for the dealer network and LCV service packages. Giovanni is now the Sales and Marketing Manager of Leasys UK (the captive contract hire company of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) in charge of the contract hire campaigns for all the FCA Brands including Maserati, as well as the development of CRM activities, loyalty programs, benchmarking analysis and national events.

Monica Colombelli Head, SEO’s CEO and Concierge’s Editor
Experienced CEO in the field of Special Events Organisation, she founded SEO International in 1996 and still enjoining running it.

She works internationally and consistently delivered reliable and high standard services related to the hospitality industry.
Since last year She has started a new venture called Concierge “ the new leading destination guide for Formula One and Formula E destinations “. The unique concept grants motorsport enthusiasts, and their families, unprecedented access to the top tier of Formula One and Formula E. It combines exclusive interviews, with a targeted handbook of the finest that Grand Prix destinations have to offer.
Every recommendation – where to stay, eat, party, shop and relax – is sourced from our exclusive network, giving Concierge a distinctive authority.
Particular attention has ‘The artistic note book’ and ‘the tour of art ‘is a section that she loves and wants to develop more and more.
The VIP Concierge Club, is where discerning readers gain special privileges, including targeted offers for these destinations.

Cristian Contini, Gallerist

Cristian Contini is a second generation gallerist, and has been exposed to modern art since he was born, frequently spending time with artists like Fernando Botero and Igor Mitoraj.
Years ago he started to focus more on contemporary art and in 1996 he created ArtStyle, the first free art magazine in Italy that focused on art, design, architecture and jewellery. It’s still in print after 22 years.
With over 20 years of experience working alongside his father in Italy, Cristian has certainly acquired a curatorial expertise in that time. In 2014 he opened the first Contini gallery outside of Italy with a space in New Bond Street in London.
After 4 successful years, during which he presented an important exhibition of works by Robert Indiana, the first solo exhibition by Mikhail Baryshnikov in London, a major retrospective by Igor Mitoraj, Cristian decided to focus more on younger talents. In 2018 he founded Contini Contemporary, with the purpose of promoting a selection of represented artists to a worldwide audience with curated exhibitions, art fairs and printed publications.

Lavinia Filippi, Art Historian, Curator and Contributor

Lavinia Filippi is an art historian, curator and contributor currently based in London, from where she co-directs the international platform Translocalia and curates special projects and publications at Belmacz. In 2018 she curated Franko B’s solo exhibition at the Italian Cultural Institute in London and in 2015 Interstitial Zone at The Showroom. Before, she lived in Pakistan where she is Associate Professor at the National College of Arts in Lahore. In 2014 she curated the exhibitions I.D for the Islamabad Literature Festival and Still of Peace and everyday lives at the Museo Capitolare, Atri, Italy. In 2011 she founded and directed for castellodirivoli.tv for the museum Castello di Rivoli, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, in Turin, Italy for two years. From 2007 to 2012, Lavinia Filippi also contributed as correspondent and author to television shows on art and culture for the Italian national channel RAI. Since 2004, she has been writing for magazines including Flash Art, ARTEiN, Artribune, Muftah and ArtNow Pakistan, and holds a MA in Curating Contemporary Art at the Royal College of Art, an MA in Art History from the University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’ and a BA in Social Sciences from the University of Ottawa.

Johannes Froehlich, Co-founder & CEO, Project Art – The Social Arts MarketTM

Johannes is a passionate entrepreneur and art enthusiast with a particular interest in early 20th century and contemporary abstract art. He enjoys immersing himself in conversations with artists about themselves and their work.
Johannes is a fellow at the RSA and holds an MSc in Organisational and Social Psychology from the London School of Economics

Daniel Gava, Pop Up Consultant for the Design Industry

Daniel has more than twenty years of professional experience in the design industry and has been employed in primary positions within the departments of marketing, PR, sales and board of directors in well-known international high-end furniture manufacturers. He lived and worked in various countries including Italy, Spain, United States and since 2011 he is based in London.

Daniel is an innovator, he understands that business is all about great relationship building. He has consistently been one of the most perceptive, generous and intelligent presences in the London design scene for a number of years and he has proven to be a tireless champion of design and the design industry, bringing fresh thinking and contributing to the diffusion of creativity and design culture in London.

Daniel now works as an independent consultant and helps companies and designers grow their brand and business. He is currently involved in several exciting international projects.

Clemens Hackl, Co-Founder, Project Art – The Social Arts Market TM

A designer by trade with a passion for art and technology, Clemens has worked in the creative industries across Europe for over 20 years. He studied Communication Design in Düsseldorf and has a Masters degree in Interactive Multimedia from the University of the Arts London. He has been a guest lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences in Salzburg and delivered key notes at conferences in Moscow and Beijing. His personal projects were exhibited at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum and the London Design Festival.

Eddie Hewitt, Curator

Eddie Hewitt has a passion for Culture and the Arts. He runs the Connected Cultures website, dedicated to all forms of creative expression, with a strong social element wherever possible. Eddie has a particular penchant for Contemporary Art, in all its genres, notably abstract paintings, representations of the human form, metalwork, glass, and pyrography. Whatever the materials and the style, he finds himself attracted to art that conveys a story, a sense of history and responsibility, a representation of how we are all linked.

Eddie has attended the Artrooms exhibitions at the Melia White House Hotel for the last three years and has relished the opportunity to experience many fine displays across an extensive range of styles. He always enjoys conversing with the artists, who come from across the globe, and has established connections with some hugely inspiring, fellow creative spirits. Eddie selects his ‘top ten’ favourite displays and focuses on them in his reviews.

Eddie likes to support and encourage emerging talents as well as to celebrate some of the ‘bigger names’ in the cultural world. This comes out in his reviews and features. He prefers commentaries to simple reviews, since this gives him a chance to get deeper into the subjects, and he likes to back these up with related articles, connecting the works within the wider artistic domain.

Renee LaVerné Rose, Art Historian, Curator and Contributor

Renée LaVerné Rose is founder, Publisher & Editor – in – Chief of ACS Magazine and owener, Director & Art Agent of ACS Gallery. In addition, Renée is a visual artist and is very passionate about the arts/culture. The ACS ( Arts & Cultural Strategie s) brand is a family of companies { ACS Gallery, ACS Magazine and The ACS Culture (new division ) } which provide a rich culturally rewarding experience to the general public; promote emerging to international established visual artists, curators, art centers, musicians, dancers, artistic directors, or oth er arrays of artistic genres; to amplify international cultural exchange & exhibitions; increase visibility for artists, and act as a catalyst to nurture artists’ communities globally.  ACS Gallery is housed in one of the most distinguished locations in the Zhou B Art Center/Museum. The ACS Gallery offers a wide range of works from emerging and established contemporary artists. ACS G allery exhibitions represent artists and offers the work s of non – gallery national and international artists by online curated exhibitions. ACS Gallery ensures personalized service for its clientele to invest in fine art collections. ACS Gallery is honor ed to be a partner of Artsy representing over 33 local and international artists. ACS Magazine was launched in September 2015. The ACS Magazine provides our audience with a front row seat and a behind the scenes view of the Art World’s inner workings with its colorful players and diverse cultures that are enriche d from these creative minds. ACS Magazine focus is to provide a rich culturally rewarding experience to the general public; promote emerging to international established visual artists, curators, art centers, musicians, dancers, artistic directors, or oth er arrays of artistic genres; to amplify international cultural exchange & exhibitions; increase visibility for artists, and act as a catalyst to nurture artists’ communities globally. With over twent y year s Renée work ed in the political / government arena cultivat ing a her wealth of experience and keen political insigh ; manag ing of over $1.2 for the government human service delivery programs /cont ractual providers and operating a s a successful political consul t an t for eight years. Along with wealth of expertise , Renée has a Master of Arts Degree, from the Univer sity of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration, with concentration in Public Policy.

Franco Losvizzero, Artist

Born in Rome 1973, Franco Losvizzero is an artist and cinema director. He lives and works between Rome and New York. He directed 5 films and took part in many festivals. He is the founder of the Biennal of Porto Ercole, organized for 5 years between Forte Stella in Toscany and Castel Sant’Angelo in Rome.
Glass sculptor in Murano, he works with mechanichal installations, paintings, photos and performances. Losvizzero works with different media but drawings with oil on paper remain his first love. He has exhibited in museums and galleries all around the world.
His main exhibitions include: 5 Souls, solo-show in Chelsea, New York City, 2018; 11-La Porta Alchemica at Pio Monti Art Gallery in Rome, 2018; L’Albero della Cuccagna, Milan Expo, 2015 curated By Achille Bonito Oliva (catalogue Skira); Queens Museum of Art, in NYC, 2016; Glass Stress at Palazzo Franchetti in Venice 2015; Aka The Swiss, at the Civic Museum’s in Sora, 2015; 56. Venice Biennal, Opening performance in Giardini-Biennale; “Mi-ami Losvizzero” in Miami Art Basel at The Convention Center, 2014; Superfetazioni (solo-show) at Musei Capitolini/Centrale Montemartini in Rome, 2014; “Residenza In Comunione” at the Museum MAAM in Rome; “Catarifrangenze” curated by Achille Bonito Oliva (with Cucchi and Pistoletto) at Pelanda in Macro Museum in Rome.”Caronte” performance between the National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art and the Romanian Academy in Rome; 54. Venice Biennale di Venezia-Italian Pavilion in Turin-150th Anniversary of Italy’s Union; “11.11.11-Il Giardino dell’Eden”, solo show at the Museum of the Botanic Garden in Rome; 54. Venice Biennale – Arsenal – together with Luca Maria Patella curated by Italo Zannier; the performance “The White Rabbit’s Year”, a woman-rabbit on the white horse at the art fair: “ROME-the Road to Contemporary Art” 2011; “Apocalypse Wow!” at the Museum Macro Future in Rome, for the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the ‘Wall’; “Anima’LS”, solo-show, York City 2010; “Final Cairo’s Prize” at the Permanent Museum in Milan; “Apocalisse XXI” at Strychnin Gallery in Berlin; “O.O.M. Out Of Memory” Solo-show in Naples exibited in more spaces with presentation at the Museo Madre. Correnti Mediterranee in Damasco, Beirut and Cairo, 2008. Visioni del Paradiso at the Swiss Academy in Rome, 2007. Miracolo a Milano, 2005. Ars in Fabula, Certaldo, 2006. His first solo-show was in Rome in 2005, at Altri Lavori in Corso Gallery.

Stefania Minutaglio, Gallerist

Stefania Minutaglio is an atypical figure to the crossroad of manifold experiences in balance among institutionalism and nonconformism, in which the different worlds of visual and performing arts meet and coexist. She is an independent curator and the Founder and Director of 11 [ HellHeaven ] Art Gallery. Also she is a dancer, performing and teaching avantgarde dance.
Her professional history begins with a degree in Modern Art with honors at the chair of Prof. Maurizio Calvesi at Sapienza in Rome. Correlator was Claudio Strinati, illustrious art historian and Superintendent for the Capitoline Museums. For a short time Stefania run seminars at the Chair of Art Criticism at La Tuscia University in Viterbo with Prof. Sergio Rossi.
After some collaborations with the scientific commettee of important exhibitions (among others: ‘Scienza e miracoli nell’arte del Seicento. Alle origini della medicina moderna’, Roma, Palazzo di Venezia, 1998) she turns her interest to performing arts, dealing full time with experimental and avantgarde theater and dance under the name of Omari Tessala Marax.
Her career as a dancer, teacher and performer knows important achievements until 2017 with the staging and direction of the pièce “Fra menti e danza” at Teatro di Villa Torlonia in Rome, in collaboration with Iskandar Dance Company and Suraya Hilal Dance Company (UK).
Since 2014 Stefania has been a regular member of WADF (World Artistic Dance Federation) and CID (Conseil International de la Danse – UNESCO) in Paris.
Starting from 2017 Stefania returns on visual arts. She opens 11 [HellHeaven] Art Gallery focusing on visual and performative art in the specific avant-garde segment. Among her projects in 2017, BeDifferent Art Show sees an extraordinary public recognition in Venice during the finissage of 57th Biennale. In 2018, 11 [HellHeaven] is on the Sponsors’ Board for ‘Borghi of Italy – No(F)earthquake”, a Collateral Event of 16.Biennale Architettura in Venice featuring ‘Albero Sonico’ by the artist Marco Guglielmi Reimmortal.
In 2018 11 [HellHeaven] merges with Ars Perpetua 111 and settles in the historical art gallery of via dei Coronari in Rome.
In the next future Stefania foresees a new participation in Biennale di Venezia and the consolidation on the international scene of the artists she representes in the main art fairs, starting from Miami Art Week this December.

Natalia Miyar, Architect and Interior Designer

Natalia Miyar began her professional career as an architect working with notable architectural firms in Miami. During eight years of study and six years of practice she developed a true love for materiality, space and proportion, which naturally led to interior design. Several years on, her eponymous interior atelier, launched in Spring 2016, shows a capacity for original, exciting design with the professional skill of a leading practice.
The atelier does not have a particular style, rather it helps clients find their own decorative identity. The result is designs that vary greatly in terms of style but are bound together by a confident understanding of pattern and texture in a luscious interplay of luxury and comfort. Completed projects include a large villa with classical detailing featuring glamorous but relaxed interiors and a townhouse designed for an avant-garde couple who gave Natalia Miyar Atelier an open brief to create a wow-factor London residence. Another London project features a calming earthy palette to create a home of understated elegance where striking prints are layered on tactile fabrics to produce a calming effect. Current projects include a private residence in Regent’s Park, a large home in Holland Park, two penthouses in Knightsbridge and a beautiful apartment overlooking the river in Chelsea.
Natalia’s vision to create an international team that spans from London to Miami is realised in three international projects nearing completion: a secluded villa in the hills of Ibiza with extensive gardens and a textured organic interior. A stylish family home in Miami for clients with a baby on the way, the vibrant residence mirrors beach life along the Miami coast in contrast to a second Miami project for a retired couple seeking refuge in calmer tones. This year, Natalia indulged in her love for British craft to curate an ‘artist in residence’ programme in collaboration with renowned retail brand, Bamford.
There are several factors at play within Natalia’s designs. Born in Mexico to Cuban American par- ents then relocating to Miami, travel and culture have always been central to her life. Her cultural identity is laden with inspirations that fuel a love of texture, colour and the contrasts of the visual world.
A degree in Art and Architecture has inspired more than a lifelong interest. Natalia uses her knowledge to open up the art world to clients that do not have a collection and give a voice to what they like. With clients that have an appreciation for art, they collaborate and educate each other. Natalia feels no project is complete without carefully chosen art to bring an interesting narrative and personality to the space. On her own walls she favours Cuban artists, some living and working in exile and portraying their cultural journey through art. Other pieces have found their way handed down through the family and have personal significance. In her bedroom hangs a vibrantly coloured painting by Chilean artist Felipe Carrion Rojas, which she received as a present from her parents on her 21st birthday.
The move to London and her submersion in a new aesthetic sensibility has been like completing the missing part of the puzzle. When she first visited London she was drawn to the history and architecture that was so different to what she knew; the relaxed design and homely interiors struck a chord and that impression has not left. She comments “There’s an effortlessness to de- sign in the UK, which brings great contrast to the audacity and boldness found in American design. Working between the two cultures is fun. For me, they perfectly inform each other.”

Jacob Stevens, Senior Manager & Creative Director at Old Diorama Arts Centre

Jacob J Stevens was born in Nottingham and has lived and worked in London since the year 2000. He received BA in Fine Arts from Byam Shaw School of Art in 2003 and was one of the selected artists for Bloomberg New Contemporaries in his graduating year. He then began working as a volunteer for The Old Diorama Arts Centre and has been with them ever since. Starting as an Administrator he then became the charity’s Manager and today he serves as overall Director. Old Diorama Arts Centre began as an artists collective in Regent’s Park’s iconic early 19th Century “Diorama” building. It was registered as an educational charity in 1981 after years of successful campaigning by artist activist members to keep the original listed building free from demolition. The charity continues to run today after over forty years of innovative creative programmes in a new centre custom-built by British Land. Old Diorama has a visual arts gallery, artist in residence scheme, a performance studio space and 14 studios for free community-use and and commercial cultural production.

Gianfranco Valleriani, Journalist and video maker

Gianfranco Valleriani, journalist and video maker, has founded and managed Calamo Comunicazione, a consulting company in communication for 20 years. He has been the director of associations operating in the cultural sector: “The Big Blue”, engaged in promoting emerging filmmakers, and “The Ce.d.ro”, operating in the area of the design.
He was also the director of many magazines and periodicals specialized in communication and audiovisual topics, among them “Filmakers Magazine”, which attended many international festivals in Europe. He has been teaching visual communication in Institutes and hold lectures at international Universities and Institutions, included Tate Modern in London (“Art transforming the social” – 2015).
He founded the blog www.brainart.it, a collective project on “Art and Communication”, which he is still managing. He is actually cooperating with the Chinese Foundation “Hafnia Foundation”, which produced the video project “After Nothing, Something about the Colors and the Life of Stevens Vaughn” a video documentary which experiments new forms of visual narrative. The docu-film is going to be presented at the main international festivals in experimental movies and documentaries. “Extended Blue” is an art&communication project managed together with the Italian artist Mariano Filippetta, whose video installation is scheduled for the next December at the contemporary art Museum in Rome, MACRO.

Claudia Wentewaedlich, Co-owner and director of an international art management company

Claudia Wente-Waedlich is (together with her husband) executive partner of the wkomma art management group of companies with subsidiaries in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, USA (ifa international fine art) and San Pantaleo, Sardinia, Italy (SaSa Art Gallery).
Supported by her family she experienced all kind of art events already during her education in Darmstadt/Germany, the city famous for the art deco influences. After graduating from a Masters in German Literature she worked as consultant for communication and marketing in different industries (including coaching artists and creative teams). Since 1990 she and her husband collect art (modern art, contemporary art).

Today Claudia Wente-Waedlich is director of a group of art management companies in Germany, Italy and USA. She is responsible for the communication with the contracted artists, the organization of art exhibitions and the high-level art consulting. In her limited free time, she loves to play the flute and she enjoys travelling between her residencies in Germany, Sardinia and Florida. Her personal interests are Neuro Linguistic Programming (certified NLP Trainer).

Rainer Waedlich, Co-owner and director of an international art management company

Together with his wife Claudia, Rainer Waedlich is the executive partner of the wkomma art management group of companies with subsidiaries in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, USA (ifa international fine art) and San Pantaleo, Sardinia, Italy (SaSa Art Gallery).
Through family connections he had the chance already as a teenager to be involved in art events and the curation of exhibitions. After his studies in Cologne, Germany (Mathematics and IT) he founded and managed several companies in the IT and media field (Europe and USA).
During his professional career Rainer Waedlich had the chance to learn more about international contemporary and modern art in Europe, USA and Japan. Together with his wife he collects (wall) art which are essentials elements in the residencies in Germany, Sardinia and Florida.
Today Rainer Waedlich is director of a group of art management companies in Germany, Italy and USA. He is responsible for the business development (B2C and B2B), the art marketing and the consulting in the B2B field. The main target groups are exclusive hotels, corporate offices and other public environments (Art and Hospitality).
His personal interests are communication strategies (e.g. NLP) and Japanese culture and elements of KAIZEN (principles of continuous improvements)