Talenia Phua Gajardo
Head Art Hunter / Founder & CEO
Talenia is the head Art & Design Hunter and Founder/CEO of The Artling. In 2013, as she was working on various interior design and architecture projects, she discovered that there was no aggregated platform to discover contemporary art in the region. Hence, The Artling was then founded to fill this gap in the market. Armed with an architectural and interior design background, Talenia previously founded her own interior architecture and design practice which she started after working for Zaha Hadid Architects for several years in London. Talenia received a BA(Hons) in Architecture from Central Saint Martin’s in London and is a Loke Cheng Kim Scholar. She is a design judge for Dezeen’s Awards 2020, previously served on Design Trust’s benefit committee for three consecutive years and was a Milken Institute Young Leader Circle member. She has also spoken at numerous international conferences and has been part of panels for UBS, DBS, The Milken Institute, Facebook, SuperReturn Asia, Dezeen, STPI and more. “At The Artling, we are merging art and technology in order for our artists and designers to reach as many people as possible, and to enrich lives through culture. Our technological innovations are aimed at improving both buyer and seller experiences, increasing trust and transparency, but also building social capital. Great art and design inspires, uplifts and changes environments. The impact of the platform goes way beyond just being a typical marketplace; they affect communities.” Talenia’s life passions are intertwined with the world of contemporary art, architecture and design.
Kim is the Gallery Director of The Artling and a long-standing founding member of the team. Kim manages The Artling’s online platform, where she oversees an online inventory of close to S$320m, working with artists, designers and galleries from all over the world. She also leads the company’s various consultancy projects across the globe, sourcing and commissioning artworks for private and corporate clients, ranging from the Google offices in Singapore to the Ritz Carlton in the Maldives. In 2019, she worked closely with world-renowned creatives such as Daniel Arsham and Japanese design studio nendo for The Hour Glass's 40th Anniversary exhibition. Kim has spoken about art collecting, the regional art scenes, and the crucial synergies between art and technology at various conferences, such as Art World Forum in Singapore and Hong Kong and the 2nd Immersive Augmented and Virtual Reality World Conference in Singapore, as well as panels for Hermes and The Art Week Conversations in Singapore. She joined The Artling in 2014 upon returning to Singapore after spending a number of years in the United States and Russia. She has a degree in Art History and Government from Georgetown University in Washington, DC. She previously worked at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, in the American Art curatorial department.
Chief Technical Officer
Born and raised in Germany, Martin obtained a masters degree in Economics and Information Technology at the University of Applied Science (FHDW). After graduating in 2005, he joined Bayer AG, building financial web-applications. He later moved on to ProUnix GmbH, maintaining a large web-based petition system for renowned German charity organisation “Aktion Mensch”. While pursuing his corporate career, Martin discovered the Python programming language and began working on commercial side projects. The hobby quickly grew into a full business. In 2010 he visited Singapore and decided start his own web agency in the sunny nation state, and joined The Artling in 2014 as CTO. To this day, he has advised many Singaporean startups and strives to enrich the local tech scene as the current President of the Python User Group Singapore and organizer of the annual Python Conference in Singapore.
Having lived in Dubai, London and now Singapore, Madi’s curiosities of the world contribute towards her motivations of constantly seeking fresh new perspectives of the art world. Madi joined The Artling in 2018, and has worked on projects in Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Taiwan, South Korea & Australia with private and corporate clients such as JustCo, Jones Lang LaSalle & Shiseido. She received her Masters with a Distinction in Arts Administration and Cultural Policy from Goldsmiths, University of London. She previously interned at Contemporary Art Society (UK) and London Art Fair.
Business Development Manager
Terry handles Business Development for The Artling’s China office. Based out of Shanghai, he maintains strong connections with Chinese galleries and artists, while also servicing both private and corporate clients in China. Prior to joining The Artling, Terry was Marketing Director of J:Gallery, a contemporary art gallery in Shanghai that focused on furthering the practice of emerging Chinese and regional artists. He also has project management and marketing experience with BROWNIE PHOTO, Pearl Lam Galleries in Shanghai and in the real estate business. With over 10 years in the industry, he is well equipped to operate and understand both the academic and commercial aspects of the art world.
Poh Peng Yu
Full Stack Developer
With an attraction to software development for his love for games, Peng Yu obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Real-Time Interactive Simulation from DigiPen. He started his career building educational games for an ed-tech startup and got an opportunity to join The Artling as a web developer in 2017. He is now a full stack developer absorbed in exploring the rapidly evolving web development scene.
Full Stack Developer
As the newest member of the Artling developer team, Jasmine is rapidly picking up new technologies and exploring the tech world as a full stack developer. After completing her Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts in the University of Sydney and starting out in the working world, she realised the joy of automating manual processes through code.
As The Artling’s Creative Lead, Tina manages all visual elements for The Artling, working with clients for VIP events and consultancy projects. She completed her BA (Hons) in Design Communication at Lasalle College of the Arts, with a major in Graphic Design. Tina is an interdisciplinary designer, with her works having been showcased at Tokyo Design Week and included in projects in Singapore and Taiwan.
Ivy works as a Project Coordinator for the Artling. Born and raised in Taiwan, Ivy received a BA in French Language and Literature at Fu Jen Catholic University, then obtained her MA in Contemporary Art Market at Institut d’ Études Supérieures des Arts in Paris, France. She previously interned at Lili-Ubel Gallery (Paris) and worked as a Project Manager at noiseKitchen Art for 4 years (Taipei, Taiwan).
Gallery & Outreach Liaison
Jenevieve works as a Gallery and Outreach Liaison at The Artling. After completing her Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) at James Cook University Singapore, Jenevieve developed a passion for art and culture, which eventually led her to embark on photo-expeditions in Nepal and Laos. Before joining The Artling, she worked at the Asian Civilisations Museum (Singapore) in the Education and Outreach team, acting as a liaison between the museum, its visitors, and docents. It was at this time that she recognised the importance of communication and outreach in the art community. At The Artling, she endeavours to provide support to the platform’s artists and designers and is constantly on the lookout to grow The Artling’s outreach.
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