A Professional Portrait by Valentina Casacchia

Regional Director

Artist Pension Trust

Published: 22nd July 2017

What inspired you to pursue a career in the arts? 

Well, being born and raised in Rome definitely influenced me in terms of images. Being surrounded by layers of beauty and histories put me in a privileged condition to develop an eye for creative objects. Then it was one of the greatest teacher ever, at the High School, who gently suggested me to pursue history of art at the university. Alongside I started working in the atelier of a great Italian painter, Piero Pizzi Cannella, and that is where everything started....

Can you tell us a little about your role? 

My current role, Regional Director Europe for the Artist Pension Trust, means keeping a relationship with over 150 artists based in Italy, France, Belgium, Spain, Greece, Poland.

What does your average day entail? 

This is the best part because it changes every day. Obviously a lot of email and admin works, but then it means scheduling studio visits, exhibitions, museums, art institution, and that is not even a job, it is a great pleasure.

How did you get your job? 

My first encounter with the APT was in the role of associate curator. I basically nominated artists for the program. After a long time, pushing a bit, insisting for being more involved I got into this position!

What is the best part of your job? 

The best part, especially for someone like me with a background in the arts, is to face, daily, questions relating the birth of a work of art. I dive into creative minds and studios and discussing this is unbelievable, it reminds you of all the greatest people that made the choice to represent the world, or something about it at least.

What is the hardest part of your job? 

The hardest part is to face daily how market is unfair, and how many good artists are excluded from it and struggle for making their career possible. Also, that I have a role in this, picking the good and holding back the others...

What has been the highlight of your career?

Well, I consider my career as linked all together. Deeply connected in every experience I had. I would say the highlight has been, being Italian, spending over 6 years in New York working for artists like Vito Acconci, museums like the Guggenheim, and also restaurants where lot of inspiring people would come and eat every day and would find few minutes to share thoughts and good idea with me.