Female (Singapore)



Who she is: The 32-year-old owner and founder (@_talenia) of The Artling, a contempora­ry Asian art website, and Luxglove, a curated marketplac­e for pre-loved fine luxury items.

Why know her: When it comes to the world of art and luxury, there’s no one more in the know and better connected than Phua Gajardo. Not only is she making both worlds more fun and accessible – The Artling’s Young Collector’s Summer Party invited guests to a private viewing of the Yayoi Kusama exhibition, while Luxglove held a classic car weekend to launch its website – she’s also changing how we view and buy both. But it’s art that is Phua Gajardo’s first love, and with The Artling’s acquisitio­n of Hong Kongbased Artshare, they now represent over 200 galleries and 1,200 artists across Asia. Her entry into China is especially timely considerin­g “it [China] represents 20 per cent of the global art market”. And while she’s singled out the likes of Chinese street artist Zhang Dali and conceptual artist Zhao Zhao, she has not ignored other art forms. The Artling recently included a new design category of limited edition pieces and beautifull­y crafted objects d’art – proving again, she’s ahead of the curve.

What’s next: Get ready to download The Artling app soon. She’s also working on special collaborat­ions in line with the Artshare acquisitio­n, while Luxglove will get an update in early 2018.

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