After completing her degree at McGill University, Stephanie left her native Montreal and has been living in various European countries for almost 20 years. She settled in Belgium in 2004 which is where the concept of the Accessible Art Fair was born.
Her idea was to give a high end showcase to unknown artists and make them accessible to a discerning audience. Now in its 10th year, Stephanie is proud of how it has developed into a recognisable brand while still offering opportunities to international artists and art buyers. Stephanie is also an art consultant for corporate clients, and has also curated for luxury brands including BMW, Montblanc and American Express, to name a few.
Stephanie has also recently been an invited speaker at the International New York Times 'Art For Tomorrow' conference, sharing a stage with Marina Abramovic and Jeff Koons, and has participated in a TedX talk. She is thrilled to be working with her US partner, bringing the fair to New York for the very first time in November.
If there was one piece of art you could feature in, which would it be and why?
Klimt's 'The Kiss'. The Kiss is such a masterpiece that evokes such emotion and is one of those paintings you can never get tired of looking at. Plus it is incredibly romantic!
Who inspires you and why? An artist, a family member, someone current or historical?
Marina Abramovic - I love how she stays true to her mission and engages so many different types of audiences.
What are your cultural aspirations? What do you still want to see, do and achieve?
I feel like I am currently living my aspirations! Launching my art fair in New York is a dream come true. More work in London is on the horizon but I have to say that I am happy with where I am at.
What are your favourite cultural cities in the world and why?
London and New York, for obvious reasons.
What are you up to at the moment and where can we find it?
Working on the upcoming 10 year anniversary of the Accessible Art Fair in Brussels which will be held at the Jewish Museum. I am also launching the fair in New York In November so very busy at the moment. In my element!
Find more about me at www.stephaniemanasseh.com