«It happened about 20 years ago, when I visited Moscow and Saint Petersburg. I was impressed by the variety of pieces of art exhibited in Russian museums, and that was the exact time when I realized that I wanted to deal with art » (Matthew Stephenson, Kommersant)
«The main thing for a real collector is to buy what he likes, to be an expert in this sphere and to determine how much money he is ready to spend on each piece of art (или artwork). Contemporary art is the best area to start with, because everyone can easily understand it. It surrounds us, it is easy to find and study. Contemporary artists are constantly talked over, they are in media, they are known by sight» (Matthew Stephenson, RBC)
Expert on impressionism and contemporary art, fine art adviser to private collectors and institutions; strategic adviser to artists and artist estate management.
Mr. Stephenson graduated from King’s College, London, with a degree in Medieval and Modern History, after which he completed the Christie’s Graduate Training Program. He started working for the auction house in 1999 as a 19th-century art expert. Mr. Stephenson was in charge of Christie’s leading Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sales in London.
In April 2009 Matthew Stephenson was appointed the Managing Director of Christie’s Russia. In this role, Mr. Stephenson focused on Christie’s Top Client Program in Russia & CIS.
From 2012 to 2013 Matthew Stephenson worked as the Managing Director of Christie’s Europe, Middle East, Russia and India.
Headed Pace London Gallery as International Senior Director from 2013 to 2016.
Education and professional activities:
Graduated from King’s College London in Medieval and Modern History;
Сompleted the Christie’s Graduate Training Program;
Began his career at Christie’s in 1999 as a specialist in the 19th Century European Art Department;
Christie’s Managing Director, Russia & CIS from 2009 to 2012;
Christie’s Client Strategy Director, Europe, Middle East, Russia and India (EMERI) from 2012 to 2013;
International Senior Director of Pace London Gallery from 2013 to 2016.
Member of the Expert Council of the Russian investment art rating 49ART-2017.