Following a successful career on Wall Street as an investment advisor and Vice-President of UBS / PaineWebber, Steven Hartman took the bold step of founding Contessa Gallery to fulfill his passion of becoming a fine art dealer. He comes to the Art World with a passion for both Right Brain and Left Brain thinking.
“I’ve always been a believer in the mantra that if you follow your passion, you will be successful in life. I am blessed that my avocation became my vocation.” remarks Steve.
A collector from the early age of nineteen, “I collected everything at the start,” explains Steve, “coins, baseball cards, wine and art, but it wasn’t’ until I began purchasing art that everything fell into place for me. Since that time, purchasing art at has always been at the top of my To Do List and brought me the most pleasure.”
Founded in 1999, Contessa Gallery is a Fine Art Dealers Association Member (FADA) offering artworks of exceedingly high quality as well as art acquisition counsel to collectors, museums and institutions. Coupled with a strong commitment to service and connoisseurship, Contessa Gallery has developed a notable local, national, and international following and a reputation for integrity and excellence. Contessa Gallery has continued to build its highly-respected profile through curating important exhibitions and participating in prestigious art fairs.
At first meeting with Steve, it’s easy to see what has made Contessa Gallery such a powerhouse in the art industry. Contessa Gallery is driven by Steve’s three main principles: passion, integrity and education.
“I think the location of our home office in Cleveland, Ohio has provided us with a unique opportunity to plug a Midwestern work ethic and values into the prestigious hip world of curating fine art collections. We work with exclusive, high-profile clients including many Forbes 400 members, athletes, celebrities and corporate business leaders while maintaining a high-degree of privacy and discretion.” explains Steve.
“Many gallery owners are artsy but they lack business savvy, or they are business savvy without being passionate and knowledgeable about art. Before entering the art world, I worked on Wall Street in one of the most private and regulated industries in the world. I have brought those skill sets and knowledge to evaluate what is under, fairly, and over-valued to the art world. At Contessa, we approach building a legacy collection that will stand the test of time for multiple generations.” explains Hartman.
Contessa Gallery I 539 Clematis Street I West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Open Monday -Saturday 11-5 PM and by Appointment (216) 956 2825
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