All About

We are private advisers and art market experts specializing in modern and contemporary art from Latin America. 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 passionate about contemporary art and proud to offer a platform for connecting Latin American artists to the U.S. public.

Our Guiding Philosophies

  1. 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.
  2. Education. Our advisory model is founded on educating our clients so they can learn how to make independent choices guided by connoisseurship and art market expertise. We share all we know with them: our sources, contacts, and biased opinions.
  3. Always offer our honest opinion. This is our most important value! While we always listen to your wishes, our role is to be your strongest advocate. 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.

Professional Bios

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 anna@latincontemporary.com

We’ll be happy to meet with you!

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