Talenia Phua Gajardo is the head Art & Design Hunter and Founder/CEO of The Artling. Talenia has an architectural and interiors background, having previously founded her own interior architecture and design practice which she started after working for Zaha Hadid Architects for several years in London. She received a BA (Hons) Architecture from Central Saint Martin's in London and is a Loke Cheng Yim Scholar. Talenia’s life passions are intertwined with the world of contemporary art, architecture and design. "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."
Kim manages The Artling’s online platform, working with artist sand galleries from all over the world, and leads art consultancy projects, sourcing and commissioning artworks for private and corporate clients, such as Google, Shiseido and Four Seasons Hotels. She joined The Artling in 2014 after returning to Singapore after a number of years overseas. Kim 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.
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. To this day, he has advised many Singaporean startups and strives to enrich the local tech scene as an active member of the Python User Group and the organizing committee 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. 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.
Zain is a Jordanian cultural producer and creative strategist based in London. She received a BA from Concordia University in Montreal in Political Science and English Literature, then received her MA in London at Goldsmiths University in Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship specializing in Media and Communications. Driven by her curiosity and her passion for visual cultures, she is always seeking to delve in between disciplines and different industries. Her creative practice is focused on the intersection of art, technology, and ecology and has worked on different projects internationally across the spheres of editorial, film, art, and design. Zain is the creative strategist at Justified Studio in London and is currently project leading the Museum for the United Nations- UN Live's pilot initiative in Jordan. Zain is also part of the the Milken Institutes MENA Young Leaders Circle since 2018.
Terry Chong 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.
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.
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.
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