All About + Our Story
We are private advisers and art market experts specializing in modern and contemporary art from Latin America.
We’re a 100% woman-owned and run, bi-cultural company.
While based in New York, we are originally from Spain and Brazil, and have lived in cities as varied as Madrid, Sao Paulo, Miami, Boston, and Mexico City.
We are totally passionate about contemporary art and proud to offer an online platform for connecting artists from Latin America to the U.S. public.
Our Guiding Philosophies
- Must love art. We only work with and for clients who absolutely love art and have a deep respect for the artists that create it. While we are happy to have a conversation about contemporary art as an asset class, we approach art investing as an additional benefit enjoyed by collectors who count with specialized knowledge.
- Education. Our advisory model is founded on educating our clients so they can learn how to make independent smart choices guided by connoisseurship and art market expertise. We share all we know with them: our sources, contacts, and biased opinions.
- Never sell or buy an artwork we don’t believe in. This is our most important value! While we always listen to your wishes, our role is to be your strongest advocate and adviser. Acting as such requires our absolute honesty when it comes to the quality of the artworks we bring to your attention (or the ones you bring to ours). We take this responsibility very seriously and are happy to advise against pieces we don’t believe are in your best interest to acquire–even if this means walking away from lucrative commissions!
Like friendships, partnerships develop in curious ways. Ours began during our eldest sons’ weekly Chinese class. It was here where casual conversation quickly turned into friendship and children’s play dates transformed into working sessions.
After countless meetings, market research, a complete website redesign, (and not to mention the addition of a new baby boy!), we finally launched Latin Contemporary in December 2012.
Since then, we have been fortunate to introduce the work of leading and emerging contemporary artists from Latin America to new audiences in the United States and Europe.
Working with new collectors has been incredibly satisfying!
Whether visiting galleries, guiding them through art fairs, or hosting private lectures, we are grateful for the unforgettable experiences we’ve shared with them.
Their newly found but authentic connection to contemporary art is especially gratifying.
Likewise, our work with seasoned collectors enriches our own relationship to contemporary art.
Moving forward, it is our hope to continue serving our clients with additional educational programming and bespoke art travel itineraries to key art events throughout the United States, South America and Spain. We truly believe that it is here where amazing discoveries are made and true connoisseurship develops.
As business partners, we each bring complementary roles to the advisory.
Trained as an economist, Maria approaches projects analytically prioritizing our client’s savings and the long term value of their art investments. She is also a great price negotiator!
As an art historian, I tend to think creatively relying on my visual memory for building our clients’ collections. My art market expertise allows me to find, research, and value artworks. Together, we speak four languages and count with a network that expands from Madrid to New York, and from Miami to Santiago de Chile.
We hope you get to know us a little better by joining our mailing list!
By doing so, you’ll receive insider tip on artists, art fairs, auctions, and all things Latin Contemporary.
Likewise, if you are thinking about buying an individual artwork or starting an art collection, we invite you to request a complimentary consultation below.
Anna Di Stasi, partner
Anna advises private and institutional collectors in the United States, Latin America, and Europe on the acquisition of Contemporary Art from Latin America. A former Specialist at Christie’s Latin American Paintings Department, she has over ten years of experience evaluating artworks from early 20th century modernism to contemporary Latin American Art.
Anna holds a Masters in the History of Art and Archeology from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University and a second Masters in Modern Art, Connoisseurship and the History of the Art Market from Christie’s Education, NY. She graduated from Boston College with a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Psychology. A native of Madrid, she is fluent in English and Spanish and literate in French and Portuguese. Anna is a member of the Appraisers Association of America, ArtTable: The Leadership Organization for Professional Women in the Arts and Christie’s Alumni Association, NY.
Maria Antonieta Leininger, partner
Maria works directly with clients assisting them in the design and management of their art managed accounts. She is responsible for implementing comprehensive development strategies and partnerships with key alliances. In addition, Maria directs benchmarking research and art market analysis for contemporary art from Latin America.
An avid traveler and contemporary art enthusiast, she joined Latin Contemporary in 2011 after serving as VP of International Sales at Chase Manhattan Bank, NY and Banque Safdie (SP), amongst others. A native of Sao Paulo, Maria is fluent in English, Portuguese and French. She is a graduate of the Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado and the Lycée Pasteur. She holds an Executive MBA in Economics from USP, Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Our Internship Program
We offer seasonal internships to graduate students looking to gain real art market experience. In the past, we have worked with students majoring in art history or other fields like business administration, interior design, and law.
We are always looking for independent thinkers who can bring their own ideas and creative projects to our attention.
To qualify, please email us your cover letter and resume at: email@example.com
We’ll be happy to meet with you!